TAKE AUTHORITY IN JESUS

 

 

SCRIPTURE: (MARK 13:34 KJV)  FOR THE SON OF MAN IS AS A MAN TAKING A FAR JOURNEY, WHO LEFT HIS HOUSE, AND GAVE AUTHORITY TO HIS SERVANTS, AND TO EVERY MAN HIS WORK, AND COMMANDED THE PORTER TO WATCH.

 INTRODUCTION: I HAVE BEEN GIVING THIS WEEKS MESSAGE A LOT OF PRAYERFUL THOUGHT AND I BELIEVE THAT THE WORD THAT GOD HAS FOR US IS GOING TO SET US FREE TODAY. IT ALL STARTED LAST SUNDAY WHEN I GOT HOME FROM THE NURSING HOME. MY WIFE HAD NOT GONE TO CHURCH THAT DAY IN ORDER TO STAY HOME WITH OUR DAUGHTER WHO WAS NOT FEELING WELL. THE CHURCH SERVICE SHE WATCHED ON TV LAST WEEK WAS DR. D. J. KENNEDY. THE MESSAGE THAT HE PREACHED WAS ABOUT HOW OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION. BECAUSE IT WAS FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION, JUST BECAUSE SATAN HAS STOLEN IT AWAY AND TURNED IT AGAINST THE VERY GOD THAT AT ONE TIME WAS ITS FOUNDATION DOES NOT MAKE IT ANY LESS A CHRISTIAN NATION. IF YOU HAD A PRIZED POSSESSION THAT WAS ONE DAY STOLEN FROM YOU IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT DOES NOT STILL BELONG TO YOU. YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT AND THE AUTHORITY TO GET IT BACK FROM THE PERSON THAT STOLE IT. IN LIKE MANOR WE AS CHRISTIANS HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO TAKE BACK THIS COUNTRY FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST. NOW THAT MESSAGE WILL PREACH. YOU SEE I BELIEVE THAT NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE BACK THIS COUNTRY IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CHRISTIANS USE THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST TO DO WHAT IS NEEDED AND WIN BACK OUR COUNTRY IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

 

SO WHAT IS AUTHORITY ANYWAY? THE GREEK WORD TRANSLATED AUTHORITY IN OUR TEXT IS ( EXOUSIA) IN MEANS  DELEGATED INFLUENCE, DECISION MAKING RESPONSIBILITY, SUPERHUMAN POWER AND RIGHT. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT WE FIGHT NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS. IT IS A SPIRITUAL WAR THAT WE ARE FIGHTING AND THE RESULTS OF THAT WARFARE ARE MANIFESTED IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES. IF WE ARE TO WIN BACK OUR NATION WE MUST FIRST WIN THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE THAT IS TAKING PLACE WITHIN OUR OWN HEARTS. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WHAT AUTHORITY WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO COME UNDER. YES WE KNOW FROM THE 7TH CHAPTER OF ROMANS THAT WE DO NOT ALWAYS DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO. AND OFTEN WE DO THE THINGS THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO DO, BUT WE ALSO DISCOVER THAT GOD WILL NOT FORSAKE US THE BATTLE WAGES ON AS WE CONTINUE TO TRUST IN THE TRUTH THAT WORKS WITH IN WHICH IS CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.

 

SO WHAT DOES IT BOIL DOWN TO. WHAT CAN YOU TAKE FROM THE MESSAGE TODAY THAT IS GOING TO SET YOU FREE FROM THE FEAR, FROM THE ANGER, FROM THE LONELINESS, FROM THE CONFUSION? WHAT TRUTH IS THERE THAT WILL REVEAL TO YOU THE PATH THAT YOU HAVE BEEN MISSING ALL THESE YEARS. OH HOW WE HAVE SEARCHED. AT TIMES FINDING THE JOURNEY EASY ONLY TO ONCE AGAIN FIND OURSELVES STUCK IN THE SAME OLD RUTS OF LIFE THAT HAVE BEEN HOLDING US DOWN AS LONG AS WE CAN REMEMBER.

 

KNOW THIS TODAY IT IS A NEW DAY. TODAY ALL THINGS ARE NEW. THIS CHURCH HAS BECOME THE CHURCH OF NEW BEGINNINGS. WE LOOKED DOWN THE TWO PATHS OF LIFE AND DECIDED TO FOLLOW THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

TWO ROADS DIVERGED IN A YELLOW WOOD AND LONG I STOOD AND LOOKED DOWN ONE AS FAR AS I COULD UNTIL IT BENT IN THE UNDERGROWTH, THEN CHOSE THE OTHER AS JUST AS FAIR AND HAVING PERHAPS BETTER CLAIM FOR IT WAS GRASSY AND WANTED WEAR. OH YES THE ROAD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NARROW BUT BROAD IS THE PATH TO DESTRUCTION. IT HAS BEEN TO EASY FOR US TO FOLLOW THE REST OF THE WORLD DOWN ITS SLIPPERY PATH THAT END IN DESPAIR. AND WE KNOW ITS END YET WE CONTINUE TO SLIP BACKWARDS. SOMEONE MENTIONED THIS WEEK THAT IF YOU ARE NOT CLOSER TO JESUS TODAY THAN YOU HAVE EVER BEEN THAN YOU ARE BACK SLIDDEN. OH HOW BACK SLIDDEN THE CHURCH HAS BECOME. RATHER THAN USING THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO US FROM GOD AND LEADING THIS NATION CLOSER TO HIM WE HAVE SHEEPISHLY FOLLOWED THE LIES OF FALSE PROFITS AND FOOLISH MEN PROFESSING TO BE WISE. WELL NO MORE ITíS A NEW DAY. IT IS TIME WE TOOK AUTHORITY IN JESUS AND ONCE AGAIN SHINE FORTH HIS LIGHT OF TRUTH.

 

SO WERE DO WE BEGIN. WE BEGIN RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW WE BEGIN BY ACCEPTING THE AUTHORITY. WE BEGIN BY REALIZING THAT IT IS JESUS CHRIST WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH. IF THAT IS THE TRUTH AND IT IS THAT SATAN HAS BEEN LYING TO US. HE HAS NO RIGHT TO OUR MINDS. HE HAS NO RIGHT TO OUR FINANCES. HE HAS NO RIGHT TO OUR EMOTIONS. HE HAS NO RIGHT TO OUR FAMILY. HE HAS NO RIGHT TO OUR CHURCH. NO RIGHT TO OUR COUNTRY. NO RIGHT!

 

YOU NEED TO TAKE IT BACK. YOU NEED TO TAKE IT BACK IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND KEEP WATCH THAT SATAN NEVER DECEIVE YOU AGAIN. YOU SEE, THAT IS HOW HE TOOK IT FROM YOU TO BEGIN WITH. YOU STRAYED OFF THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BECAUSE THE OLD PATH WAS MORE FAMILIAR.

 

SATAN SETS SNARES UP IN THE PATHS MOST TRAVELED. IF YOU EVER SET A TRAP FOR ANY TYPE OF ANIMAL YOU KNOW THAT YOU SET THE TRAP ALONG THE PATH MOST TRAVELED. WHEN GOD CALLED US TO BE HIS OWN. WHEN JESUS CALLED US TO FOLLOW HIM HE CALLED US OFF THE OLD PATH WELL TRAVELED. YET IN AN INSTANT WE MADE A WRONG DECISION AND ENDED UP ON THE OLD FAMILIAR PATH. THAT IS WHERE WE CAME UNDER HIS AUTHORITY AGAIN. THE ONLY EXAMPLE THAT I CAN GIVE OF THIS IS FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO. I WAS BROUGHT US WITH PEOPLE DRINKING AND SMOKING. IT WAS WHAT EVERYONE DID. IT WAS THE ONLY PATH I KNEW. THAN GOD PLACED A CALL UPON ON LIFE AND I KNEW THAT I HAD TO GIVE UP THAT LIFE STYLE. I WANTED TO GIVE UP THAT WAY OF LIFE BECAUSE I KNEW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH IS THAT IT WASNíT A WAY OF LIFE IT WAS A WAY OF DEATH. IT WAS A STRUGGLE BUT I DID IT. ALCOHOL HAD NO MORE HOLD UPON MY LIFE, UNTIL I JUST EVER SO SLIGHTLY OPENED THE DOOR. ALL I HAD TO DO WAS TO STEP ONE FOOT OFF THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WHAM THE TRAP WAS SET. IT WAS THE SAME WITH CIGARETTES. THE FACT IS QUITTING WAS EASY UNTIL I SMOKED JUST ONE CIGARETTE. NOW I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU CAN NOT RELATE TO THIS ILLUSTRATION HAVING NEVER SMOKED OR DRANK LACQUER. BUT IT IS THE SAME WITH ANYTHING. YOU SEE. IT IS A SPIRITUAL USE OF AUTHORITY. ONCE YOU GIVE UP YOUR AUTHORITY OUR YOUR DELEGATED RIGHT TO MAKE A DECISION THAT JESUS WOULD MAKE THEN YOU ARE UNDER SATANíS AUTHORITY AND YOU HAVE TO RENOUNCE HIS AUTHORITY AND RETURN TO THE CROSS.

 

RETURN TO THE CROSS. WE NEED TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE DEATH OF JESUS. WE NEED TO CRUCIFY OUR FLESH. PUTTING OFF THE OLD MAN WHICH LEADS TO DEATH AND DESTRUCTION AND PUT ON ETERNAL LIFE. WE NEED TO TAKE AUTHORITY IN JESUS AND TAKE BACK THAT WHICH THE CANKERWORM HAS EATEN. WE NEED TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT. WE NEED TO PRESS FORWARD FOR THAT HIGH CALLING. I KNOW THAT I COULD GO ON AND QUOTE SCRIPTURE UNTIL I AM BLUE IN THE FACE AND IT MIGHT NOT MAKE ANY REAL DIFFERENCE IN YOU LIFE AND IT WONíT UNLESS DECIDE THAT IT IS THE SCRIPTURES THAT HOLD THE TRUTH. IT IS THE WORD OF GOD THAT REVEALS JESUS. IT IS IN THE BIBLE THAT WE FIND THE HEART AND WILL OF GOD IT IS FROM A STEADY DIET UPON HIS WORD THAT WE ARE GIVEN THE POWER TO CARRY OUT THE AUTHORITY HE GAVE US IN CHRIST JESUS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO LET US BE UP AND DOING WITH A HEART FOR ANY FATE. TAKE BACK THE AUTHORITY AND USE THE POWER FROM ON HIGH THAT GOD HAS IMPLANTED IN YOUR HEART TO DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT. AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FAIL. FOR FAIL YOU WILL. YOU DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR AUTHORITY YOU STAND IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD IS ABLE, EXCEEDINGLY ABLE ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS WITHIN US TO MAKE US A VESSEL OF HONOR. MOTHER TERESA ONCE SAID THAT GOD DID NOT CALLUS TO BE SUCCESSFUL BUT HE DID CALL US TO BE FAITHFUL. IT IS TIME TO BEGIN AGAIN. IT IS TIME TO WIN WITH HIM WHO SPOKE AND THE HEAVENS CAME INTO BEING. IT IS THAT SAME AUTHORITY THAT WORKS WITHIN US TO SPEAK AND THE CONFUSION MUST GO. SPEAK AND THE DEPRESSION MUST GO, SPEAK AND THE FEAR MUST GO, SPEAK AND THE ANGER MUST GO. YOU KNOW THERE WAS A TIME THAT I WOULD GET UPSET WHEN SOMEONE SAID THAT I WAS JUST LIKE MY FATHER. BUT NOW ALL THINGS ARE NEW AND I HAVE A NEW FATHER I HAVE A HEAVENLY FATHER AND I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT PEOPLE SEE HIM IN ME. YOU SEE THAT IS WHY HE GIVES YOU HIS AUTHORITY. HE WANTS YOU TO USE HIS AUTHORITY TO LIGHT THE WAY SO OTHERS MIGHT SEE BY YOUR GOOD EXAMPLE THE TRUTH. THE WAY AND THE LIFE THAT IS IN YOU WHICH IS CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD. LET US PRAY.

 

Heavenly father forgive us for where we have failed you. Forgive us for falling back into the old when we know there is so much more for us in you. Thank you lord for always being there for us. Thank you Lord for never forsaking us. Now Lord you know where we are in our relationship with you. You know our hearts. You know what keeps us up at night and you know our deepest fears. Right now  Lord I ask you to fill me with your strength. I renounce any stronghold that Satan has on me. I denounce any and all generational curses that have been passed on to me from generation to generation. I accept the authority and claim my right as a child of God. From this day forward it is a new day and there is once again hope. There is now vision and passion in my life. The word of God burns within my bones and make myself a living sacrifice for you Lord. According to the power that works within me to do the will of God my father.

 

                        IN Jesus Holy name Amen.