Why is Authority so Important?

​We live in a nation that believes we all have certain inalienable rights. This simply means that each man and woman possesses the privilege of somethings that cannot be taken away from them, cannot be surrendered, nor can it be given up. When people fail to realize their rights they are often times subjected to abuse. God has given to every human being spiritual rights that even the enemy cannot take away from them.  The only way the enemy can rob a person of his or her rights is by undermining their knowledge of what belongs to them. God has given to all mankind certain rights because without their knowledge of their inheritance in Christ they are not able to live life according to God’s plan. One of these rights is “authority.” God has given to every man and woman the right of dominion or the innate ability to walk in authority. However, the ruler of this world is determined to blind mankind to this spiritual right!
God is the ultimate source and possessor of all authority. It must be understood that some authority God reserves exclusively for Himself.  Luke records the words of Jesus which testify of this fact when he states: “It is not for you to know the times and the seasons which the Father has set by His own authority” (Acts 1:7). In contrast, the Father does share some authority with man. Matthew testifies to this truth in his Gospel, chapter 16, verses 18 and 19: “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” By making this statement Jesus implies a number of things. He imparts the vision for His church, but also reveals that it must be built and will come under attack. He also reveals that the source of attack will come from the gates of Hades. It must be understood that this will be a great battle and those who follow Him must have rights or weapons if they are to withstand the assault of the powers of darkness against the plan of His Father.
Matthew records this revelation for all believers.  Jesus has given to all who will follow Him the right of “authority.” God shares His power with man by giving him authority. He confirms this when He shares with His disciples the “keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.” Each believer must learn to use these keys because they are critical to his or her obedience and success in fulfilling the will of God for their lives. Every follower of Christ must learn the discipline of managing these keys so that they do not suffer defeat at the hands of the adversary.  Jesus promises that whatever is bound on earth will also be bound in heaven. The keys serve as the connection between the authority of the believer and the power of their God! However, the promises and power of God will never be realized by the believer without exercising authority. Every Christian must recognize that they have been given authority as a right.  It is not something they must pursue or find as though it were lost. Rather, authority comes with who they are or who they were created to be.  These keys belong to each believer because they are necessary to the fulfillment of every calling, critical to the acceptance of every sacrifice, and foundational to the endurance of every trial.
Authority is important! It is important because God is the source of it and man is to represent God in the earth by using it according to what the Father has willed. Authority is precious because God has shared it with mankind and men must always acknowledge that they are not the source of it.  Authority is important!  It is important because it is the treasure that Satan is after. The enemy will use anyone to obtain it, sacrifice all to own it, and destroy all who oppose him. This fact has already been validated by his attempt to murder Jesus. However, this same fact serves as the testimony to the validity of our authority. In the same way Jesus overcame the assault of the enemy, we have the victory in Christ over all the lies, schemes, and attacks of the enemy upon our lives. We only have to believe that authority is our right, not a privilege. Authority represents not just our ability to overcome sin, sickness, and even death, but more importantly it is a testimony to the reality that our God has all power and we are simply witnesses of that power for His glory. 

​In His Service,

Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC

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