This is the final post in a series about spiritual warfare. Specifically talking about the helmet and the sword of the spirit. They correspond to the power and authority of the Holy Spirit at work in us.
We need to understand that in God’s kingdom power flows through authority.
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
The centurion understood the principles of power and authority. Just say the WORD. He knew what it meant to be under authority. Notice that he didn’t say that he was a man in authority. It was because of the authority he was under that he could say, “Do this,” and see it happen.
So if we say, “Be healed,” and nothing happens; what’s the problem? I think it’s an issue of authority and power.
To use power we must line up with authority. We sometimes think that the subject of authority and submission is not a big deal. Things like…
Where I go to church. How I respond to leadership. Where do I fit in ministry? Or even submission within the family.
And I agree. These aren’t a big deal. They don’t cause us to lose our salvation. Unless you want to walk in the power of God.
One of the hallmarks of this generation of Christianity is a lot of talk and no power. We even have a lot of faith and no power.
We sometimes think that if we can say the right words, we’ll receive our miracle. The truth is that the reason the words work is because you’re correctly lined up under authority.
I’ve heard people say, “The Word doesn’t work.” Please understand, the Word of God is not a magic spell like in the movies. That may be what we want the Word to work like.
There’s no magic in the words. The authority and power rests in God. Unless we correctly align with Him, we have no power and authority that activates the Word.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
1 Corinthians 4:20-21
We have to realize this truth. Talk is not enough. If you want power – you must be in position. You need to get yourself rightly aligned under the authority of God.
God’s church needs to walk in this right now. There’s no time to waste. We need the power of God. That’s what will change lives and usher in a harvest of souls in our generation.
Question: How do I align myself under God’s authority?
© Nick Zaccardi 2015