GREEK: Exousia ~ THE RIGHT TO INFLUENCE, COMMAND, CONTROL AND DELEGATE.
When man was created, God established His authority over the earth and delegated it to Adam for a season. Adam was God’s steward over the earth, and He gave Adam specific instructions for his stewardship. We find Adam’s instructions in Genesis 1 and 2.
Genesis 1:27-28 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 2:15-17 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
When God created Adam, He made him a sovereign being giving Adam His own personal authority to use in making decisions and fulfilling God’s instructions for His stewardship. This sovereign authority is called FREE WILL.
Sovereignty – the quality or state of being sovereign, or of having supreme power or authority. The status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign; royal rank or position; royalty. Supreme power, especially over a body politic, freedom from external control, autonomy
Free will was given to man so he could willingly choose, without any coercion or pressure, how he would serve his creator. Free will allowed man to express himself freely and creatively as he learned and grew in knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, it also gave man the power, and the right, to say NO to God. this makes man sovereign.
Free will can potentially be the most destructive thing to the Kingdom of God, as well as your life! Exercising your free will in saying NO to God will limit God’s influence and power in your life.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD, or THE KINGDOM OF ME?
The Kingdom of God has boundaries. Operating within those boundaries enables God’s influence and power to flow into our life to meet our needs and the needs of others. We violate authority when our choices don’t align with the will of the authority we are under. When we violate authority it cuts off the influence and power of that authority. Not just in our own life, but in the lives of those we are involved with.
We must walk in HIS ways, not OUR ways if we want the promises of God, and the power of God to be a reality in our life. God’s power only flows under the covering of his authority. His authority can only be exercised within the confines of His Kingdom. When We exit the covering of the Kingdom, We exit the flow of power. When We say NO to God, in essence, We establish another kingdom, I call it: The Kingdom of ME.
The Kingdom of Me is established when selfishness rears its ugly head and provokes us to willfully say no to God.
Saying “NO” to our Lord means that He is not our Lord in that area of our life, and if He is not Lord in one area, He is not Lord in any. Being Lord means that He is the Master of ALL areas of our life. God will not invade and overthrow our kingdom, it is out of His jurisdiction. It would be a violation of our free will. If we say no to Him in any area, we are declaring that WE are the master of that area….and we cannot serve two masters.
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Say “NO” to God, and you’ve set up boundaries to keep God out of your kingdom. It is your own free will that determines the boundaries for both the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of Me. How we steward our will determines the basis of authority that we operate from.
HONOR RELEASES THE POWER THAT AUTHORITY CONTAINS.
Eternal salvation comes from our Savior, but the power to live this life, and the authority to subdue and conquer it comes from our Lord. When we honor Jesus Christ as our Lord and not just our Savior, all of His authority is released into our life. If We fail to honor His authority as Lord, His power stays contained. Honoring authority releases the power that authority contains.
The extent of Kingdom authority in our life is determined by our stewardship of free will. If our will is completely submitted to God, we have truly laid down our life, we have denied yourself, our old man has died and we can now walk in the highest authority in the universe, the authority of God. This is our original design and purpose. This is what was lost at the fall of Adam. This is what Jesus Christ paid for us to become.
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