22 October 2013
Kingdom Authority and Power, Part II
“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly…not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:10-13, NAS).”
“But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you (Matthew 12:28, NAS).”
What Paul is saying in Philippians four is pure power! Through choosing to recognize that his flesh was dead and daily consign it as such, he was allowing the Spirit of God within himself to be fine-tuned; sharpened. Though the fleshly part of all people is to want “more” of whatever turns us on, Holy Spirit seeks only His kingdom. When led exclusively by Holy Spirit, the only desire we will have is Kingdom expansion and all that goes along with that because that is God’s desire. In this condition, Paul was equipped to have supernatural power over fleshly desires, be it “desiring more in his poverty” or “becoming prideful in his abundance.” Basically speaking, Paul operated in neither shame of lack nor pride of abundance – Christ was his all-in-all – he was grounded in Christ regardless of circumstance. Paul, despite the flesh in which he resided, he was Kingdom-minded in everything.
Paul became the epitome of the unshakable Kingdom of God spoken of in Hebrews 12:28-29: “Therefore, since we receive a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Paul was not shaken by hunger, for his trust and confidence was in The King. He was not moved by his bounty, for his praises to the Giver never ceased. He had single vision; Kingdom vision; God’s vision.
“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the POWER and the KINGDOM OF GOD and the AUTHORITY of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night (Revelation 12:10, NAS).”
“But of the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His Kingdom (Hebrews 1:8, NAS).”
Satan is a defeated foe though for a season he is allowed to torment, kill, steal and destroy we who are created in the image of God. We must keep in mind at all times and in every season, although Satan throws fiery darts and sets road blocks before us, he must contend with the King who sent The Ambassador (Jesus) to earth, not the ambassadors (Jesus-filled people). We are merely the messengers of the High King. Knowing this, God has given us every tool necessary to defend ourselves; not with warring with one another, but with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
We are never to war in the flesh. Satan will send his demons to coerce the unsuspecting to lash out against you. Resist temptation to verbally or physically defend [your] honor: for it is not [your] honor at stake, but God’s. With this mindset which is grounded in the kingdom of heaven, you will be more self-disciplined when confronted with insults hurled at you. God will contend with those who contend with Him ambassadors – every time, but only in His timing, not ours.
We must be patient to wait upon Yahweh. Knowing this and the wrath that will be unleashed toward the unrepentant, we will more quickly intercede in prayer for mercy for our human foe. We should never wish destruction for mankind; God loves us and expects His people to intercede for others whether we want to or not. Again, as an ambassador, [our personal opinion and desire] is irrelevant. God and His directive exclusively are our motivating factor.
So Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over me, unless it had been given you from above…(John 19:10-11, NAS).”
Here in John 19, we see where, without being prideful in His words, Jesus spoke plainly and with Kingdom confidence that Pilate had no authority to do anything with Him lest God the Father granted him authority. Jesus, even in the face of death, did not waver, but stood firmly in the knowledge, power and authority of God. He knew who He was, His Kingdom purpose, and did not allow emotions or circumstance to lead Him astray from the plan at hand. Let us all begin to stand and, when all else fails, stand without wavering in the love, power, authority, obedience, humility and Kingdom purpose of Jesus Christ Himself.