Are you walking in your authority? Think about it, when you wake up in the morning, get dressed, and go throughout your day, are you moving in the authority that you possess? The definition of authority is the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. When I go work every day, there is a level of authority that I operate in as a supervisor. When cases need to be assigned, I delegate where they go. When situations arise beyond a worker’s control, it is my responsibility to make decisions based on policy while maintaining the health and safety of everyone involved. When a judge comes into the courtroom to hear a case, there is an expectation that they will exercise their authority to make sound decisions that are fair and just. When a teacher goes to work, they operate in their authority to ensure their students learn and are equipped with what they need as they grow in life. As a parent, you have authority in your home. You make decisions that are in the best interest of your family. So it is safe to say we all have some level of authority that we have to operate in daily.
What about your God-given authority as a believer and follower of Christ Jesus? Are you operating in the power that He gave you? Remember who you are in Christ. When you accepted Christ into your life, you did not repeat Romans Chapter 10 for a temporary feel. A shift took place. To shift means to move from one place to another. Once you accept Christ, you are no longer the same person. You moved from a place of defeat to a place of victory in Christ Jesus. Although it may seem that you have the same situations nagging at you, in the spirit realm, an endowment of power has taken place. A level of authority has been granted to you to walk in victory over everything that is not of God. So because a shift has taken place, that means your outlook on life and how you see things will begin to change. You learn how to look at tests and trials as an opportunity for God to show himself mighty through you. You are now an heir of God. To be an heir of God is the most prestigious position one can hold. Romans 8:16-17 talks about we as believers being heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. So how do you operate daily? Do you work in love because you know first and foremost that God is love? Do you choose to handle situations in a mature way when things seem to be getting out of control? Do you always choose to hold your head up high and maintain a posture of prayer even when it appears that the cares of the world surround you? Remembering who you are in Christ should ignite a fire of determination against all odds; I win because of who I am and to whom I belong.
The Holy Spirit lives in the believer, and He is the critical component of walking in our God-given authority. In John 16, Jesus is about to ascend to Heaven, but He speaks of the comforter, the Holy Spirit, being sent. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be a guide into all truth. Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit speaking and declaring what God says. When we allow ourselves to move by the leading of God’s Spirit, we can’t go wrong. Allowing God to order our steps leads us in the direction and the path that God has chosen for our lives. Let’s look at the definition of authority again, which is the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. As believers, we see that it is necessary to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in our everyday walk. When you hold positions on your job, and they have the potential to impact another’s personal life, that is a big responsibility. As mentioned before, you are in a place of authority in your home. Allow yourself to be guided on the decisions you make. Another part of walking in your God-given authority involves watching what you allow to depart from your mouth into the atmosphere. Do you use your mouth to declare truth, peace, change, and create an atmosphere pleasing to God? I am a firm believer that you will have what you say. When you walk in your God-given authority, you speak and declare the Word of God despite what you see or feel. By doing this, you are taking a stand on the faith that you have in God’s Word. You rely on the power that it is within the Word that can and will change the situation you are facing.
When you use your God-given authority by speaking God’s Word into the atmosphere, you release the angels of God to fight and war on your behalf. Remember you do not physically fight your battles; you are an heir now, you fight your battles in the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations, and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”. Ephesians 6:10-18 says,” Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Have you ever watched a video of a lion? Lions earned their title King of the jungle because they know the power and authority that they operate in. They are fearless of all other animals, although they have enemies. When they walk, there is confidence in their stride while their heads are held high. Walk with confidence knowing your strength and authority comes from God. Don’t worry about your enemies. Allow what they do and say to be your footstool to your next level in God. I encourage you to live a strong life in Christ. Walk in your God-given authority and refuse to bow down or allow yourself to be swayed by the enemy and his tactics. God has equipped you to live a blessed and fruitful life. Live a life without fear because you know God Almighty himself is ordering your steps. Do not apologize or be ashamed of the favor that is on your life as a believer. Speak to your mountain and declare what God says about the matter. Do not be afraid to walk in your God-given authority with boldness.