Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Faith Recognizes Authority

Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith as is reported in the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before
him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne
of God.
Luke tells us in chapter 7 that Jesus says He has never seen such great faith expressed as
when a centurion sends some jewish leaders to Jesus because he needed a favoured servant
healed. He said thet Jesus would only have to speak the word and it must happen because of
Jesus's authority. Faith recognizes authority that is real and given from above.

Jesus was given authority over all the power of the enemy to undo the works of Satan.
Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of
the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.When we are authorized to come against
the enemy and subdue him there is nothing to stand in faith's way.

Without the believer's authority there is great danger as told at a later time. Acts 19 (King
James Version)
13Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had
evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

16And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed
against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on
them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Authorized ones are known by our enemy.

Because of what Jesus has done we can have healing as part of the salvation package of God.
Deliverance is also part of it and the authority of Christ by His shed blood at calvary is
given to us to use to undo the works of the devil who has had the authority from God to harm
anyone disobedient to God and His word.

Faith teaches us to repent and receive the salvation package, a gift from the great God
Jehovah Who has all authority to authorize what He will.Jesus said 'I come to do the will of
Him Who sent Me.' Faith recognizes authority and moves to do the impossible.

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