Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
All Things New (Part 20)
Your New Authority
He taught them as One having authority, and not as the scribes.
Matthew 7:29 (NKJV)
Behold, 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.
Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus gave you the authority to stand tall in spiritual warfare. By His Word, you can 'Stand against the devil's schemes' (Ephesians 6:11) and 'Extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one' (v.16).
Even so, warriors must be mature believers: 'Those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil' (Hebrews 5:14). Therein:
1) Stay in God's Word and exercise It daily; 2) 'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour' (1 Peter 5:8); 3) Expect 'The Spirit of wisdom' (Ephesians 1:17) to increase your discernment; 4) Fight for the lives of the innocent. The root of their problems is spiritual.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus also gave you the authority to stand tall in earthly performances. 'You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them' (Matthew 10:18); 'Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3); 'A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men' (Proverbs 18:16).
But remember the difference: Before 'Spiritual forces of evil' (Ephesians 6:12), be fierce in God's Word. But before worldly forces in entertainment, be meek in His Example. Because Jesus was meek.* Because the meek 'Will inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5). Because 'There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God' (Romans 13:1). Because it's wise and will help you rise.
Therein, your new authority is both spiritual and physical. Like Esther; 'Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?' (Esther 4:14). God knows, but my vote is Yes!
'I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation' (2 Corinthians 6:2).
To Be Continued...
* 'For I am meek and lowly in heart' (Matthew 11:29, KJV).
* Meek is not weak. Meekness is humility: strength under control.