One Secret of Authority

​Paul reminds every believer that we “are not to be unaware of Satan’s schemes in order that he not outwit us.” (2 Cor. 2:11) It is the enemy’s strategy to confuse believers concerning their authority. If in fact he can deceive those who follow Christ in believing they have no authority at all – he has already won. More specifically, if the believer realizes that he or she has authority, but fails to exercise that authority, the enemy has won again. Satan will use whatever tool, method, or strategy necessary to cause believers to live their lives at a disadvantage.  You can be sure of this!  Followers of Christ were never meant to live their lives at a disadvantage, but rather to live their lives abundantly as a testimony of the faithfulness of the Father and the power represented by His Son.
Paul again revealed that “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor. 4:4) This verse confirms that the enemy’s focus is on all humanity. His desire is to blind every living person to the truth that is only revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. This is not limited only to believers, but especially targets unbelievers. This strategy is crafted to keep those who are already lost – lost for all eternity. In the end, this strategy uses darkness, ignorance, and deception to restrict or remove every human being from the possibility of discovering the truth that God loves them and gave His Son for their salvation. One of the most subtle deceptions of this strategy is to blind men and women to biblical principles that were established to assure that they live victorious lives. A person’s knowledge and exercise of biblical principles or truths will ensure that they are moving in the right direction when it comes to the will of the Father for their lives.
One such principle is revealed in Genesis, chapter 11.  Here the account is recorded of the Tower of Babel. The record testifies that the whole world had one language and a common speech. As a result, all men had gravitated to the plain of Shinar and settled there. It was at this time that those present determined to build a tower that would reach to the heavens with the intent being that they could all remain in one place. It is also recorded that their motive was to make a name for themselves. However, this attempt got the attention of God, their Creator. It must be understood that this position was contrary to the plan God communicated to man at his creation. God gave Adam the specific responsibility of “filling the earth and subduing it.” (Gen. 1:28) The decision to remain in one place was in direct opposition to the will of the Creator.
However, there was a greater concern from God’s perspective. “The Lord said, if as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible to them.” (Gen. 11:6) This reveals a principle that is most important: “The place of agreement is also the place of power.” In other words, if men and women could really come together in agreement, nothing would be impossible to them!  Is it a surprise to anyone reading this that one of the greatest challenges faced in life is the struggle to walk together in agreement regardless of the context. This is true whether one is talking about marriage, family, employment, etc. The enemy continues to work overtime to blind men and women, husbands and wives, and literally every relationship where agreement is required, to this truth. Is this the reason why there is so much division in the context of our lives? This will be explored more next month, but I encourage you to meditate on it now.

​In His Service,

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

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