Fresh Hope – Day 122

Authority is not the same as power.

Authority is not based on strength, size, emotion, intellect, age, background or whether you are male or female.

A small policeman may not have much power, but his authority is just the same as a large policeman.

I watched a Premiership game of football yesterday and noticed how small the referee was compared to the players, yet he had authority over 22 men, using just a whistle and a couple of cards.

Often, we are defeated in our lives because we feel so insignificant and powerless to do anything about a situation that’s brewing, and to be honest, you’re right… You may well be insignificant and powerless to do anything in your own strength, but you DO have authority.

Listen to these amazing few words spoken by Jesus to His followers… ‘I have given you AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and to OVERCOME all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.’ (Luke 10:19)

How many of us today are blaming the devil for all the bad that’s happening in our lives, but really it’s just an excuse for not taking authority over that situation ourselves…

You may feel small on the outside, but you are big on the inside.

Make a decision today to stop giving the devil credit he doesn’t deserve, for authority he doesn’t have.

James 4:7 ‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’

Pastor Mark

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