In each and every believer dwells the Spirit of Power, which comes from the Holy Spirit himself. Jesus said in John 14:17 “even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” However, we need to understand that it’s because of the power that dwells within us that we are positioned to exercise our authority. The word also tells us “herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17) Notice the tense is present not past. So how is Jesus? He is alive, he is seated in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father, he is love, he is bold and he is chosen.
So let’s look at these individually. We are no longer dead to sin, but we are alive in Christ. When we were dead to sin, we were in the position of slavery, of bondage, shackled, chained, imprisoned. We were bound to negative thoughts, which led to negative choices, which led to negative actions (see Psalm 1). However, according to 1 Corinthians 15:22 we have been made alive in Christ. Our position has gone from death to life, from chained to quickened, from imprisoned to free. Romans 8:11 says, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” That Spirit that dwells in us is the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. Because we are made alive in Christ, we too have resurrection power and have the authority to use it because he whom the son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). Where there is freedom, there is authority-there is power.
Deuteronomy 28:13 says that we are above only and not beneath and Ephesians 2:26 says that we have been made to sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. This is a position of authority. Just like on your job or in a business, there is a ranking system that determines where the authority to make decisions begins and ends. That authority always begins at the very top, and that authority in exercised either in writing and/or by a spoken word. The centurion understood this authority, when he approached Jesus to heal his servant. We are now the centurion, but unlike the centurion we have the authority to speak to any situation that doesn’t line up with the word and command it to line up (Matthew 8:5-13).
It was because of the power of love that we are saved. For God so loved the world he gave his only son, and his only son thought it not robbery to lay down his deity and come in the flesh and die the most brutal death that we might have everlasting life (John 3: 16 and Philippians 2:6-8). “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18). When we walk in love we exercise the authority to cast out the spirit of fear and activate the spirit of boldness. It is because of our love for God that we can come boldly to his throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). When we exercise the authority of boldness we can be like Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 2:2, “but even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.”
Lastly, we have been chosen by God-Deuteronomy 14:2 and 1 Peter 2:9. There’s authority in being chosen. It positions us to operate as kings and priests in the earth. Therefore, we can decree and declare things and they shall be established.
So as we approach the end of 2015, let’s go into 2016 exercising our authority in our position of life, seated with Christ, love, boldness and being chosen! You can hear the teaching at https://fccdl.in/BUp96FStJ