What is the source of your authority? Your ability to pray with boldness and perseverance? No, it comes from somewhere else. Your decision to walk in the fear of the Lord actually builds spiritual authority into your life. Read more...
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Before the darkness will tremble at the name of Jesus, you must tremble. If you are to activate authority in pushing back darkness in your community, you must walk in the fear of the Lord. Spiritual authority comes through the person that hates sin and loves God.
1 Peter 5:9 calls us to resist the enemy. This takes authority. But the words that come before are so important. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." 1 Peter 5:5-6 Walking in humility before God gives us the authority we need to resist the enemy.
In the book of Acts, a man named Simon desired to have the same power that the apostles had. He offered to pay for this power. However, the power that comes from God cannot be bought. Peter said to Simon, "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God." Acts 8:20-21 It is walking in the fear of the Lord (complete obedience to God) that will bring about the power for ministry.
Those who tremble before God cause the enemy to tremble. Make walking in the fear of the Lord your priority. No amount of bravado or spiritual talk will push the darkness back. Your decision to walk in purity before God unleashes his authority within you.
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