A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. – Proverbs 4:9
How many of us think that God has all the power in this world and we as mankind have very little power? Whatever will be, will be. Que Sera, Sera. Many of us have believed the lie that we are powerless, that everything that happens is just part of God’s plans. I know many of us accidentally overlook the awesome revelation of our authority in Christ that God himself gave to us to change the world.
Why did Jesus refer to himself as “the son of man” to everyone around him? Why did the disciples refer to Jesus as “the son of man” over 80 times in the bible and not “the son of God”. Son of God seems like it would be way more powerful, right? Especially back then. But…. No, Jesus was laying down the critical foundation for his people to build their lives on. Son of Man is more powerful because Jesus was the very word of God born of flesh and blood. The almighty God humbled part of himself as man to endure even more struggles than we as humans do through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He became man so that He could take back the authority that could ONLY be taken back BY MAN. Why? Because the authority and kingship over the earth was given away BY MAN, Adam! The disciples of Christ knew this truth, that’s why they cited Jesus as the “son of man” just as Jesus said He was. Do we, the current disciples, know this truth too?
The bible shows us that satan referred to Jesus as the “Son of God”, not out of respect or awe, but to make us (believers) feel “less powerful”, to keep man’s authority in Christ a secret from us, mankind. Satan didn’t want to admit that his authority would be taken back by a man. Jesus had to be born as man on earth, the kingdom where satan rules over, since the authority was given to satan through Adam and Eve’s sin. Jesus had to resist sin by the power of The Word of God (pretty cool, right, because Jesus was and is the word of God that became man! Jesus spoke “IT IS WRITTEN” and even sweated to the point of blood in resisting being taken off course. Jesus became the righteous one to intervene on earth for God’s people to win back this authority through the sacrifice of himself on the cross and his resurrection in victory. Jesus kept pressing on toward his target destination on earth: to take our place IN THE CURSE by offering himself as man’s sacrifice on the cross as the second Adam. Jesus knew his ultimate destination in Heaven was becoming the victorious, justice ruling representative of God’s people on earth.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, to very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20
Satan knows if he can keep our authority a secret from us, then we wont rise up with power we HAVE in this world. Everything God created is actually under our feet, all of the authority was meant for us, mankind. So rise up like the BLESSED SONS AND DAUGHTERS we are and refuse to accept the circumstances that this world throws at us (fear, depression, sickness, lack, addiction, etc).
In one of Paul’s letters to Ephesus, “God’s holy people who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus (that’s us, right?),
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us WHO BELIEVE HIM. This is the SAME MIGHTY POWER that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else- not only in this world (earth) but also in the world to come. God has put ALL THINGS UNDER THE AUTHORITY of Christ and has made Christ HEAD over ALL THINGS [for what?…..] FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH IS CHRIST’S BODY. The body of Christ is made FULL and COMPLETE by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself. –Ephesians 1:19-23
What amazing revelation is this!? It sure was for me a few years ago! It was like a light bulb went off and I STOOD UP STRAIGHTER taking my place in Christ. I pray for each of you to receive this revelation and take your place too with joy because IT IS WRITTEN for you to walk in THE BLESSING through the authority God has given you.
I pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. For He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his dear son (on earth), who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. For God wanted you to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you. Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His GLORY. – Colossians 1:11-14, 27
Today take your place and use the God given power you have been given to push back the darkness, the hurtful assignments against you and those around you. God wants his GLORY to be revealed and experienced throughout this world.
Much love, Sara