Fresh Hope – 22nd January 2019

There is a huge difference between having power, and having authority.

Power is something that we really don’t possess. We may have strength, physical ability or brain power, but very few can honestly say that they have real power. Authority is something different, it may look like power, but it is not.

Imagine Wembley stadium filled with 90,000 football supporters. They are viewing 22 players, each with individual skill and ability that far outweighs the one man known as the referee.

The referee has no power over the 90,000 or over the 22 for that matter, and yet he rules the field with his delegated authority.

One player alone could take this man down and yet no one can dispute his authority. When he speaks, waves a hands or blows his tiny whistle, the whole place is under his influence.

The Christian has no power in and of themselves, neither do we profess to have such a thing, but yet we have been given authority over ALL the power of the enemy. ‘How can this be so?’, you may well ask.  It’s been delegated to us by God Himself.

Luke 10:19-20 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’

We are no match for the power of the enemy or anyone else for that matter, but our delegated authority surpasses them all.

When we pray, we add the words ‘in Jesus name’ at the end. Have you ever thought why? We are actually saying that my prayer will be answered on the basis that I am coming in the name of the highest authority given to us …JESUS.

Don’t just settle today for whatever bad stuff is heading your way; rise up in prayer and take authority over it.

Your size, age, background or feelings don’t matter. What does matter is that you are a believer in Jesus- with that comes the authority that He has delegated to you right now.

Luke 7:1-10 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was ill and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, ‘This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.’ So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: ‘Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, “Go”, and he goes; and that one, “Come”, and he comes. I say to my servant, “Do this”, and he does it.’ When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.’ Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

Pastor Mark

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