Eph 4:11-12 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
The purpose is to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry so the body of Christ can be built up for the benefit of the church that the Kingdom of God can be established. It’s all to minister to people.
It’s not about money or power of men, it’s about structure.
Did you realize the purpose of ministry is for the benefit of other people, not yourself? How does this change your view of ministry? How will your work in ministering change?
When Jesus said, ‘Devil, come out,’ the devil came out. Same thing with Paul, there was structure. The only struggle was with those who weren’t in submission to Jesus.
Why couldn’t the sons of Sceva cast the devils out? The apostles asked the same thing. Jesus answered, ‘It’s all about faith and prayer and fasting.’ It’s all about spiritual authority. God has ordained and delegated this. The Roman centurion understood this delegated authority. He told Jesus that He didn’t need to go to his home. That Roman centurion said, ‘You just need to say the word and my servant will be healed.’ He was a man under authority, not with authority, but under authority. It was this umbrella of authority.
Mat 8:9-10 “For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
What is the difference between having authority and being under authority? How does this view of your own authority change?
When you hurt yourself, you automatically start to rub it and that kinesthetic energy makes it feel better. Jesus said, ‘You shall lay hands on the sick and they shall be healed.’ Healing gets transmitted with a touch. God ordained that. You don’t have enough healing in you to heal somebody, but if you’re plugged into the Hand of God, full healing happens.
Peter understood this finally.
Acts 3:6-7 “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
Immediately, a dude who never walked before leaped! He never knew how to walk before, but he didn’t have to learn it. Peter didn’t have that power, but he was plugged into God. He had spiritual authority because he was under authority.
All of this is for the sake of giving to others and telling them about Jesus, making right what has been wrong for so long.
Miracles come by faith, but after a miracle, faith is increased. Which comes first, faith or a miracle? Neither, spiritual authority comes first.
Rom 13:1-7 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”
To be a godly Christian is to understand spiritual and natural authority.
Spiritual authority is a mindset. We are not created to rule the earth, we are created to serve. We will serve either Jesus or the devil.
You will serve something. You get to choose, but you WILL serve something. Everyone serves something.
Who do you choose to serve? If you’ve chosen wrongly before, will you choose to serve Jesus now? How does this change your life? How does this change your thinking?
Mat 17:21 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
This is how you establish spiritual authority. It’s backed up by our connection with Jesus and our willing submission to be under authority to Him. The power of God is in the Word and the name. It’s His law, His Word.
We can expect the miraculous that’s in His Word and more. The power and authority are still in the earth. It’s in those who have repented of their sins, are filled with His Spirit, and baptized in Jesus’ name.
Spiritual authority has nothing to do with you, it’s all in the power of the Holy Ghost and the name of Jesus.
Ananias and Sapphira lied to Peter. He said, ‘You haven’t lied to me, you’ve lied to the Holy Ghost’ and they fell over dead.
You don’t get credit. You are just a pipe for the divine power to flow through.
Acts 5:9 “Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.”
The cookie delivery guy doesn’t get credit for the cookies. It’s the person who made them. God won’t share His glory because He doesn’t want pride to destroy you.
What you need is to have love and compassion for people. You need to desire to see God do something for that person in need. You can connect people to Jesus instantly. You don’t take the credit. You give God all the credit.
God has set up a five-fold ministry, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, leaders all for the sake of others.
If you care enough, you’ll speak a Word from the Lord which heals and restores.
Spiritual authority, rebelling against it is far worse than you think. Understanding it is so important. If you will submit to the things of God, far greater things than you could imagine will happen.
Are you submitted to God? If not, why? Can you be further submitted to Him? How does that change your life?
Once a week fasting is a great structure for your life.
Titus 2:15 “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” 3:1-8 “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
Affirm constantly. Don’t be a spectator. You have authority. Use it to glorify God and bless others!
What miracles do you want to see in your life? Why? Who will benefit? What do you need to change in order to see more miracles happen?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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