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Understanding Spiritual Authority
Author: Creflo Dollar
When we find the power of God is not working in our lives, it could be that our authority in God has been short-circuited due to rebellion and disobedience. We must understand how to relate properly to spiritual authority. If we don’t, we will find ourselves wondering why things are not working.
- Satan loves to make what brings us into bondage appear desirable, while portraying what is liberating as bondage.
- Man is a tri-part being. He is a spirit, who possesses a soul, and lives in a physical body.
- The soul consists of the mind, will, and emotions.
- Faith is established in the mind first, which is why Satan tries to control our minds.
- If he can get us to think and believe things that do not line up with the Word, he can reign in our lives.
- His aim is to ultimately destroy us. He is using television, movies, radio, and other forms of entertainment to attack our minds.
- His strategy is to deceive us.
- “Do not be misled, my beloved brethren” (James 1:16, AMP).
- We must keep ourselves from being deceived. Ignorance is a breeding ground for deception (Isaiah 5:13).
- We guard ourselves against the attacks of Satan by reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God constantly.
- Feelings change easily, which is why we must not allow our feelings to govern our decisions.
- We must not allow popular opinion to govern our decisions either.
- We must not be conformed to the world, which involves a way of thinking that does not line up with the Word of God (Romans 12:2).
- There should be a change in us once we become Christians.
- Democracy is fine for the nations of the world, but it is not suitable for the kingdom of God.
- Within the kingdom of God, He is king.
- There is no voting system involved in God’s kingdom.
- God’s kingdom has rank, order, and authority—it is not subject to popular opinion or voting.
- Problems arise when we try to bring democracy into His kingdom.
- We are ineffective in the kingdom of God when we view it with a democracy-based mind-set.
- When we submit to God, we experience great benefits and freedom. However, there is bondage and destruction in rebellion (Job 36:11-12).
- People who are submissive submit their will to higher authority.
- God places people in positions of authority (Romans 13:1, 2, AMP, Proverbs 21:1).
- God appoints all existing rulers.
- To rebel against those authorities is to rebel against God Himself (Exodus 16:8).
- Those who rebel against God’s established authority are judged; however, God does not expect us to obey a ruler when he or she requires us to sin. We should respectfully decline any offer to sin or do wrong.
- God’s attitude toward authority:
- God honors and respects earthly authority figures (Numbers 30:1-5).
- Where there is no true submission to God’s authority, the door is opened to rebellion (2 Thessalonians 2:10).
- As Christians, we must recognize and understand what God is saying through our leaders.
- We should realize it is not all about us as individuals but about God’s entire plan and purpose (Matthew 16:24).
- James 1:16, AMP
Job 36:11, 12
Romans 13:1-2, AMP
2 Thessalonians 2:10
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