Scripture is never meant to be used as a means to control or manipulate another person. Consider this: when the Word of God gets separated from the heart of God and the Spirit of God, it is no longer the Word of God, and you are not obligated to obey it. “The letter kills but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). Jesus showed that we don’t have to obey a Scripture when it is quoted to us by the devil. We must learn to discern the spirit behind the words, not just the content of the words. Rejecting spiritual abuse is not disobeying God; it is resisting the devil!
If people reach for only authority it is not wise to give it to them. If, however, they reach out to accept responsibility, give it to them. And give them the authority required to fulfil the job. True humility is the willingness to be known for who we are, including our weaknesses and strengths.
As believers, we are sojourners from another Kingdom while we live here on Earth. The documentation of our heavenly passport and the word of God define who we are and how we are to live in this world when its demands of earthly citizenship contradict our higher allegiance. We should always speak with the accent of Heaven and carry with us the customs and lifestyle inherent with that citizenship. Without those distinctions, we will slowly fall into the slumber of compromise where we will succumb to ways of thinking we would have never thought possible when our faith was awake and clearheaded.
You have no authority where you have no love.
Don’t pray like a widow because you are the bride. Don’t live like an orphan when you are a son. Don’t settle for a pauper when you are a princess. God is revealing who you really are, your truest identity that is found only in Him.
Nothing means so much to our daily prayer life as to pray in the name of Jesus. If we fail to do this, our prayer life will either die from discouragement and despair or become simply a duty which we feel we must perform.
January 17 2020
He is not a president who is voted into power via a democratic process. He is not a prime minister acting on behalf of some heavenly parliament, nor is He a CEO. God does not rule as a dictator, usurping authority and maintaining power through a reign of terror. No. He is King.
Authority and power are two dynamics that we need to understand properly if we are to exercise them effectively. For instance, the power in a car is in the engine, but the authority that gives direction to that power resides in the steering wheel. As far as energy and noise, the engine has it, but the wheel silently determines where that power is directed.
God has chosen to work through us. We are His delegated authority on planet earth, and prayer is the vehicle that gives occasion for His invasion. Those who don’t pray allow darkness to continue ruling. The enemy’s greatest efforts at deceiving the Church are centered on the purpose and effect of prayer.