As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:35-40 NLT)
Nearly EVERY DAY, my first social networking post is as follows;
Invoke God's authority in this day!
Invoke: To call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for. #victorious
I believe we have unfathomable authority in this life because Jesus believed we have unfathomable authority. In the passage above we find Jesus questioning THEIR inability to calm that storm on their own. (& since I'm a grumpy waker, I imagine he was pretty ticked they woke him from his cozy nap when they could have just taken care of it themselves. But that's "writing between the lines," so... You know, don't take that imagination too seriously.)
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. (John 14:12 NLT)
Again, in this verse Jesus is reiterating to us, his disciples, that it is in our ability to do even GREATER works than he did. Lets see now...
Raising the dead
Healing the lame, deaf, diseased
Power over elements
THATS JUST TO NAME A FEW!!!
I have personally witnessed every one of these miracles in my lifetime. We are not talking about only HOPING or WISHING we could have authority in these things. We're talking about ACTIVATING the AUTHORITY God has given us!
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (Ephesians 3:20 KJV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NLT)
HE is able to to do these miraculous works "according to the power" that we carry. Where did that power (or authority) come from? God himself! When we are filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost (as exemplified in Acts 2, 10, & 19) we HAVE HIM (Jesus Christ) living INSIDE us! This is why and how we are able to, and should be doing the same works he did... AND GREATER!
Does all this power and authority mean we will not have pain and sorrow? No. Even Jesus Christ endured hardship. But it means we should always be ready to enact and use our God-given authority. (Yes. Even when instantly, & might I add, rudely, awoken from a lovely nap.)
In the storms of life that batter our minds and emotions, we need to take a spiritual stand and proclaim "Peace be still!"
When we can see the devil is trying to work in our homes, we do not have to sit by and watch our loved ones destroyed. We can bind that spirit in Jesus' name.
We can and should command life into dead things; like dead careers, dead limbs, dead thinking, dead faith.
We should speak into the atmosphere, "In Jesus' name, I will help lives be better today!"
"In Jesus' name, healing virtue must flow!"
"In Jesus' name, Satan has no authority in this situation."
You have been given authority, whether you feel like a buff superhero, or not. (& yes, whether you look like it or not.) Don't sit fearful in your boat of life. Speak to the situation, use your AUTHORITY each and every day.
Peace be still!