Every week at Greater Life Church (GLC), the opportunity to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life is presented at the end of service. It’s the most important thing we do at GLC. We’ve witnessed countless individuals make the best decision they will ever make, instantly gaining a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection.
By accepting Jesus Christ, Colossians 1:13 says, “ you were delivered from the power of darkness.” I highlighted the word power in this sentence specifically. Power is literally translated authority!
“All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore…” – Matthew 28: 18-19.
The translation of what this means is substantial. By residing in Him, you inherit the authority of Jesus. As new creations in Christ, He shares His authority with us! Notice where it says,“Go therefore.” As children of the Father, we are told to take this authority with us.
So, how do we use this authority?
It all comes back to His Word, a central theme throughout our Faith Foundations series. Authority begins where faith begins – and faith begins where the will of God is known. God gave us His Word to use as a weapon. Too often we give the enemy credit. This is easy to do, especially without proper knowledge of the Word.
If you’ve read some of my past blogs, you know that fear occupied space in my mind for a long time. I would constantly give Satan credit, uttering phrases like, “He (Satan) is beating me down,” or “I cannot shake him (Satan),” completely oblivious to the authority that was residing in me all along. Through growth in the Word, I am able to now stand on scripture, using my inherited authority in the process as ammo against the enemy. As followers of Jesus Christ, you too have this authority.
Don’t be fooled
One of the main verses I stand on is Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you.”
But it wasn’t always with confidence I would do so. In fact, it was more like wavering. I recall asking myself, if God is with me, why is this happening? Why I am so fearful? That was the enemy talking. Satan has been stealing authority and using scripture to deceive us since the beginning.
Look at Adam and Eve. Satan, disguised as a snake, convinced Eve to eat the fruit from the tree of good and evil through deception and temptation, making her believe she would be like God by doing so. Adam and Eve allowed the enemy to steal their authority. If you ever feel like your wavering or confused, I recommend John 10:10 as a source of guidance:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Jesus went to the cross, suffered the penalty for sin and defeated Satan in the pit of Hell. He secured all power. When Jesus came to earth as a man, he came for one reason – to regain the authority Satan stole from Adam in the garden that day.
Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:45-47 that, “And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.”
By securing that authority, Jesus, the last Adam, gave it to those who would believe in Him! If you’re reading this as a non-believer, I invite you to come out to GLC and claim your authority by making Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life.