Sunday Morning Podcast Dec 2, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: LUKE 4:28-36
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.
32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,
34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Both of these passages have to do with authority. Do you have it? If yes, why? If not, why not? We need it for a lot of different reasons. It doesn’t come because of our dedication, obedience, prayer or faithfulness. Those are all petitions for desires. Faithfulness is sometimes more than some will give. We must remember not to worship the Word, but only the Author of the Word. If we’re going to have power and authority, it can only come from one place. Where does it come from? How do we keep it? We will do well if we remember that spiritual authority can only come from God and Heaven. Not through the mere act of obedience, and faithfulness, but ultimately only through a transfer of God’s grace. God’s authority is, and has been, needed, in every age of time, and will also only come with an increased faith in God. It comes from a faith backed by our proof of actions, and not a faith without those works. The authority of Jesus promises, “My yoke is easy, my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 And if you have the grace of His authority, you have that promise. It will only be accessed by drawing nigh to God (for then He will draw nigh to you). James 4:8
The Church and each of us needs authority from God’s word to meet the opposition. Your ability to execute and carry out the will of God, is your authority. Life’s game has many ups and downs. Prosperity and losses. The “game” here is different, because we are in a quest for the most spiritual treasure of life. To have joy, safety, purpose, etc., Our purpose and questions in life, are not always the same, but determines where we are, whether poor, or rich in worldly goods. Our ability to overcome opposition, and “stay in the game” is our authority. Do you have great authority? It is wonderful to examine and question where we are. To be located, so we can access God’s help, whatever our need is, to receive the grace of God’s authority. You need a lot of grace, to have authority in anything.
To have personal authority, you must experience exercising whatever it is, to achieve that goal. You must examine and count the cost to make sure you can finish that which you started for God. This brings God’s authority in your life. ” 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Luke 14: 27-30 To finish in the will of God, is Authority. And Authority is power. Our prayer needs to be, “Help me God to finish what you ask me to start.” Exercising our faith brings authority, and power. What power do I possess? Power is authority to ‘move’ things. How you behave will demonstrate your authority. Is it with grace? Grace and authority work together. To give power from God even in the greatest tests of our life. The parable of the prodigal son, demonstrated the authority of love. It was the Father’s demonstration of love, that gave the authority of forgiveness to redeem the prodigal son. Love brings the grace of power and authority to forgive and win souls for Christ. (Luke 15:11-24) We also have this prodigal son’s story, that ultimately is the authority God’s love has for each of us. And when we find it, we must reach out to God for it.
Do you have authority with God right now?