Mark 1.27 - They were all so seized that they asked each other: "What is this? This is a new teaching, full of authority! He commands even unclean spirits and they obey him. "
I would like us to discuss authority, authority in ministry, authority over our lives and those of others, the strength that comes from being mandated by God for a specific service. Whether we like it or not, sooner or later we will face adversity and the more our anointing area will be important, the more adversity will be. Without the authority of God, we would soon be like the sons of Sceva who were utterly helpless in the face of a domain far beyond them (Acts 19.15) . I suppose that for a time they could have given the illusion of being competent but they lacked something that only God can give, the authority of his Justice.
It is always dangerous to try to imitate those who have the real mandate. This authority is not acquired by human force, by a spectacular demonstration of ... but passes necessarily by the breaking of the cross. Jesus spent forty days of fasting, fighting in the desert, before returning full of the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4.14). No desert, no authority! No break, no mandate from God! Rethink Joseph's life, obviously we love the end of history, he became prime minister of Egypt, only Pharaoh was still above him. Are you ready to be sold by your brothers as a slave, to be unfairly accused of what you did not do, to do prison, to help people, and to forget you as soon as their problem is rule ... Brokenness always comes before authority.
John 11:44 - And he who was dead went out, his feet and hands tied by bands, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to the people, "Untie him and let him go! ".
Without passing through the humility of repentance and breaking, the authority in the service ultimately relies only on a strong personality but sorely lacks the compassion of God. Proverbs 15:33 tells us, "To recognize the authority of the Lord is a school of wisdom. Before entering the honors, one must be humble. But when we let ourselves be transformed by the Lord, we enter his domain of Justice.
The authority of God, which surpasses all that is in the universe, is based on His righteousness. It is because He is always righteous and holy in His decisions that they become indisputable, immutable and attainable. When we bend our knees before His greatness, He puts on us this Justice. He no longer asks us to pray that the people we are dealing with will be loosed and liberated by His power, but He commands us, because we are clothed with his authority, to manifest this authority: "Untie them, let them go heal the sick, cast out demons ... " Do we grasp the difference in the way of praying? To tell the truth, many prayer meetings will take on a whole new dimension if we understand this.
What is my prayer? I take an example: "Lord, heal this person from his illness or in the name of Jesus, I order this sickness to come out of this body." To return to our text of Acts 19:15 and the failure of our poor sons of Sceva, the evil spirit will say to them, "I know who Jesus is and I know who Paul is! ". Does the spiritual world know who we are? In heavenly places are we recognized as clothed in the mantle of Justice of God or as strangers who copy "magic formulas"? If this mantle is on our shoulders, the sun of righteousness rises and beneath its wings is healing.
Colossians 3.12 - Therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, put on your guts of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience.
During my Bible training, I did a thorough study of the Apostle Paul. After this study, my gaze on this apostle, who is imagined full of strength and power with a strong character, has completely changed. I give you some of his quotations: "May your kindness be known to all men" (Philippians 4.5) ; "But we were full of sweetness in your midst. Just as a nurse takes care of her children " (1 Thessalonians 2.7) ; "To not speak ill of anyone, to be peaceful, moderate, full of gentleness towards all men" (Titus 3.2) . This is how God can change a Saul of Tarsus, full of hatred and anger, after the breakup, into a kindly man, full of love and gentleness.
To tell the truth, Paul showed the love of the heavenly Father, both paternal and maternal love. As servants of God, we need to put on this sweetness even if God calls us to powerful deeds. The demonstration of power is not a goal in itself, the goal is: "But eternal life is that they know you, you, the only true God, and the one you sent, Jesus Christ » (John 17.3). Our "mission" is to make known the Father of love and Jesus, the one who has sacrificed himself to make this possible. God gives us the mantle of his righteousness only for this purpose: to release the captives and to deliver those who are under the control of the evil one, so that these poor people can understand how much the Father loves them and how much, through the intermediary of the Comforter, He can cure them of all their ills. The Church has a great need for men and women clothed with entrails of mercy. Personally, I always say in the context of deliverance, that the good of the victim and the glory of God are the priority, I do not need to see the "circus" of the devil and above all I want to be certain that the one who is released guard this release. It requires much more than a simple prayer of authority but a true accompaniment full of compassion.
Good reflection !
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