Sun, 2019-09-01 12:17
Walking in my liberty & authority in Christ
The Bible has a lot to say about our authority as believers in Christ. God needs us to understand and walk in these Truths: Some think that because God is Sovereign, He is in control of the world and can do as He wants.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.
Psalm 115:16 NIV the highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man.
1. God is Sovereign, yet He is not arbitrarily ruing over the affairs on earth
2. God POSITIONED and PLACED Adam as the authority on earth
Genesis 1:26a, 28 … "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth … 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion … over every living thing that moves on the earth."
NIV ... Let us make humankind in Our image, after Our likeness so that they may rule over ...
‘Dominion’ radah “rule, lord, have authority, reign, tread down, bring into subjection”
‘Subdue’ kabash “tread down, conquer, bring into subjection, force, keep under”
3. God crowned man with His glory and honor
Psalm 8:4-6 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him. For You have made him a little lower than Elohim, and You have crowned him with glory and honour. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet… God created YOU to be like Himself... …
God crowned YOU with His glory and honor
‘crown’ - ‘show piece’ – the top most part, summit, head, monarchy, represents authority
5. God defined Adam’s POSITION … telling Adam to Tend and Keep
Genesis 2:15-17 …the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend (work) and keep it…
‘keep’ – shamar – “guard over, protect, hedge about with thorns, attend, preserve, watch over”
God was letting Adam know that there was an enemy of God – roaming the heavenly places who would try to gain possession of the earth. He had gone after God’s throne -- God cast him out of Heaven!
6. Adam gave his Position and Place in the earth to Satan
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
Adam disobeyed God and gave in to Satan, the curse of sin and death entered the world. Satan usurp the authority God had given to Adam and took over control of the kingdoms of this world and gained a POSITION & PLACE in the earth.
EXAMPLE: Luke 4 confirms that Satan took Adams - Position and Place
Luke 4:1-2 5-7 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, …. was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. … 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’
John 12:31 John 14:30, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Ephesians 2:2, 1 John 5:19
7. Christ came as the Last Adam to undo the works of the devil and redeem us and the earth back
1 John 3:8b NKJV Ampl For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might undo destroy, loosen, and dissolve the works of the devil.
8. God has delivered us from the domain of darkness
Col 1:13-14 God has delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son…
9. Jesus Christ has given His authority on the earth to the church
Matthew 28 All authority given to Me in heaven and on earth… GO…
Mark 16:15-18 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…
Luke 10:19 …I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
10. God has made the church the ‘KEY HOLDERS’
Matthew 16:19 NCV I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; the things you don’t allow on earth will be the things that God does not allow, and the things you allow on earth will be the things that God allows.
‘keys’ kleis ‘key’ – the keeper of the keys has the power to open and shut, denotes power and authority
Matthew 18:18 NLT … whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven
11. The devil wants your Position and Place!
Ephesians 4:2 KJ …neither give place to the devil…
‘place’ GK – topos – a specific, marked-off, geographical location, territory, zone
1 Peter 5:8 Be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring loin, seeking who he may devour. Resist him.
12. How does the devil take territory? He comes to challenge God’s Word.
13. We must know the Word and execute the judgment that has been written Psalm 149:6-9
14. How do we exercise our ‘authority’? Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.