Whose Authority?

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I have had varying levels of authority in my life. Some of that authority is relational and some is positional. I certainly grew up under the authority of my parents. I heard a pastor say “I only have authority, because I am under authority” (God’s authority and that of our church elders). I like that understanding. Jesus was under God, the Father’s, authority and people noticed that in that authority came a great power to do miracles. One day, Jesus saw dynamic faith exercised by an unlikely person, a Roman centurion.

Now Jesus started on His way with them; but already, when He was not yet far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to enter under my roof; for that reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You; but just say the word, and my servant shall be healed.  For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under myself; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”  Now when Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.”  And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health. Luke 7:6-10 NASB

Have I realized how much authority I have because I am under Jesus’ control and command? As a soldier in His great army, I have access to untold power. How am I exercising it, if at all?

God, as this day continues- I thank you that in Christ, there is power and authority. May I humbly remember that I walk in His Name, for His glory, and with His power. In faith, I ask that You would do miracles in me, through me, and all around me. Please find me faith-ful and faith-filled!

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