Continuing on our series Living in an Open Heaven, Pastor Isaac preached about “Receiving a Fresh Authority“.
Mark 1:22 tells us Jesus gave his disciples power against unclean spirits. In the book of Matthew, Jesus preached as one with authority. John 1:12 also tells us that Jesus gave us the power to become sons.
As believers,these are the sources through which we can exercise our spiritual authority-
1. The blood of Jesus – In 2 Kings 3:26-27, the King of Moab sacrificed his son and Israel was delivered. How much more the blood of the Jesus that was shed for us? There is power and authority in the blood of Jesus! The message of the cross is foolishness to men but to us who believe, it is the power of God. Hebrews 9:11-28 tells us that by His blood, Christ is our mediator, as a result of his death on the cross. There is freedom in the blood and there is healing in the blood. The blood also provides protection.
2. The Holy Spirit – In Exodus 31:1, Bezalel was filled with the Spirit to be empowered to accomplish the task God had laid before him. Also in Luke 1:35, we see how the Holy Spirit came upon Mary to conceive and carry out what God had designed. We learn from scripture that we receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us(Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit rests on us who are in Christ.
3. The Word of God – John 6:63 says the Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life. The word of God has power to keep up and sustain us no matter what we are going through. The Bible tells us that the word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). We must get the word of God in our hearts,not leave it lying on the coffee table, so that it comes alive and becomes ‘Rhema’ to our spirit.
4. The name of Jesus – there is power in the name of Jesus. The scripture tells us that by virtue of the work of the cross, Jesus has been given the name above all names, and every knew bows to that name.
5. Prayer – prayer is the carrier of all the above mentioned sources of authority. Elijah, a man just like us, prayed that it would not rain, and it did not rain for 3 and a half years. Again he prayed, and it rained. Scripture calls us to pray without ceasing. There is power in prayer!
In the day and time we are in, we need to walk in a fresh authority in Christ to be able to live in victory.
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