Authority and Ranking in the Kingdom of God (pdf)

25 November

Authority and Ranking in the Kingdom of God

by Amanda Buys

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PART I: THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER

SECTION I – THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER:

IS YAHWEH GOING TO BE WORSHIPPED AND ARE THE BELIEVERS GOING TO RULE ON THIS EARTH?

Individually each one of us, but in particular, the Body of Christ will have to choose whether they will or won’t.

I am called to be a servant-leader, but which way did my flock go?

We compete with each other to be the one who is at the TOP!!

Current scenarios:

  • Leaders of nations – war for control of lands,wealth, riches, people, and political power.
  • Businesses war for the control of the market
  • Sport teams war to be crowned the champions.
  • Marriage is a war over who is “boss”.
  • Siblings war for the most attention, toys, clothes, TV.

All over the earth the question is asked – Who will be in control on the earth?

Private scenario:

Who have you chosen to rule YOUR private/personal world??

God puts the capability in every human being to rule, to take up the leadership responsibility to reign in life: the DNA. Every person has
the ability to experience the dignity of ruling their own life, in true freedom under God’s authority.

We are the offspring of the King – our DNA comes from God!!

Rom 5:17 “17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”

“Reign” – “Baseluo” means to rule of reign as a king/queen, to reign as royalty.

God doesn’t want you to be ruled by any circumstances, the kingdom of darkness or any demon, we are in partnership with Him.

We are therefore empowered to rule and reign as a king in this life!

The Church talks about reigning, being more than a conqueror, being an overcomer and being triumphant in Christ.

We don’t reign by merely quoting these verses…These expressions are Biblical but to most believers merely just wishful thinking.

Many Christians have an ostrich mentality, they quote these heart-warming phrases, slogans and scriptures declaring a life of overcoming victory, but
actually are in religious denial, beat-up by circumstances, walked on by their adversary at every turn. For many Christians being called an overcomer – having
the abundant life of Christ – is good enough, but certainly is not a reality for many.

We talk of dominion, we use the phrase: “In the Name of Jesus”, we sing about being overcomers, but reality is more often:
• Our minds controlled by sin, and compromising thoughts.
• Our marriages fail.
• Our children grow up questioning the reality in connection to God.
• Our businesses fail while those who don’t know God prosper.
• We exhibit very little peace or joy, but experience the same stress as unbelievers do.
• We speak of the power of prayer but few see results.
• We speak of a God Who is in control but see an ungodly world system taking control of our schools, government and culture.
• We sing songs about taking our cities for God, but in reality we haven’t taken one yet!!

Something has to change!! God has called me to teach believers that you don’t have to be under the control of demonic powers in our culture, have mixed up
emotions, have poor health, etc – you are supposed to be bruising the head of the serpent with your heel!!

Gen. 3:15 “15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.”

God wants you to reign as a king/queen over your:
1. private world – your body, your mind, thoughts, your destiny.
2. extended world – your family, business, home, to keep the thief from killing, destroying and stealing and taking your assets.
3. universal world – that is when God uses you to change a city, a region, a nation, those around you that aren’t part of your family.

We need to go to a much higher level of releasing the authority of the Lord in the earth.

WHAT IS AUTHORITY?
Authority is the right to rule/reign. It is NOT power, not the ability to rule.

Power follow authority.
If you exercise control through power, without legitimate authority, you are usurping, are a rebel and probably a dictator.

You need to have a revelation of the right to reign. You have to know the Word, to understand delegated authority and have faith in what Christ did – only then will you have rights in the spirit realm.

When God assigns you to do a specific outreach/prayer action, etc, He gives you the authority as well. If you operate in the flesh, you are wasting time and could
get hurt.

We all have authority when we go before the Father, praying in Jesus Name. We do not have the same level of delegated authority when it comes to the universal
world around us.

We do not all have the same sphere of authority in the earth1. Each of us is called to a unique part of the Body of Messiah, as Paul says: some are hands and other are feet – the authority will be in relation to the calling / anointing.

Power has never been the issue in the war between the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of God, the issue is one of in whose authority do you stand.

Jesus did not come to deal with the power of satan at the cross. The Word says that Jesus came to deliver us from the authority of satan.

Authority is the issue that must be decided:

Heb 2:14 “14 Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might destroy, bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death2—that is, the devil—“

“Destroy” – katargetho” to spoil in the sense of making useless or voiding a contract; void or undo a legal hold that one has on someone else; make without affect.

1 John 3:8 ”8 [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].”

“Destroy” – “Leo” – legal term, means destroy in a literal sense; to dissolve a contract or something that legally binds; to declare that someone is no longer bound.

Matthew 16 speaks of “binding and loosing” – this is the same word for “loose” – God is saying: “I am going to give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. I am going to give you authority to dissolve or LOOSE or void or undo the legal hold that satan has over someone.”

Jesus came to break the legal hold that satan had over humanity. This is the fulfillment of:

Gen 3:15 “15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.”

“Head” – this is not a literal head – it is the word “rosh” in Hebrew meaning Headship.

Adam was the head – satan took that dominion through the sin of Adam and Eve – but God promises He will break satan’s headship over the human race.

1 John 3:8 ”8 [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].”

Col 1:13 “13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the power, control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,”

“Power” – exousia (1849): (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:–authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

He has delivered us from the authority of darkness.

There is coming a day and hour that Jesus will deal with satan’s power.

Satan is like a roaring lion, he still has all his teeth.

If his teeth had been pulled you would not need an armour!!
That is why Paul tells us to put on the full armour – for protection against the teeth of the lion. Trying to go to war against him without your armour is madness!!

  • He has fiery darts.
  • He has diseases.
  • He has the ability to deceive and control.
  • He has the inherent power and ability to misrepresent his position.

BUT:

  • He does not have the legal right to do this to those who make Jesus Lord of their life.

Rev 20:10 “10 Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and
false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages).”

Col 1:13 “13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom
of the Son of His love,”

Luke 10:17-20 “17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!
18 And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven.
19 Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that
the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.”

I give you power (AUTHORITY) to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power (DUNAMIS) of the enemy.

Jesus gives us the right to rule. You have the right to stop satan – he only does what we allow him to do to us.

IGNORANCE WILL KILL YOU!!

In Genesis Adam gave his authority away to satan – Jesus took it back on Calvary. Unless you know what you’ve lost, you can’t get it back. Only then will you walk
in your full authority.

Satan knows who has the revelation of the authority which we have been given.

One person prays in the Name of Jesus and casts out demons. Another person prays and the demons beat him up!!

The Name of Jesus has not stopped functioning. It is not a FORMULA!!

We have AUTHORITY over the enemy!!

We are not trying to match satan’s power, therefore it is wrong to say: “I have power over you, in Jesus Name! You have to come out!!”

We stand on our delegated authority! The word AUTHORITY comes from the word AUTHOR. The Author is the one who gives me authority. Unless I
understand what the AUTHOR did from the beginning, I can’t move in AUTHORITY.

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