UNDERSTANDING OUR AUTHORITY

by Pastor Dave Landis

 

My text for this blog is found in Colossians 1:25-27.  In this passage we discover the great truth of the mystery of God.  It is the fact that Christ dwells in the believer in the New Testament.  Christ is not Jesus’ last name but a term used to mean “anointing or anointed one”.   Our understanding of this “Christ” in us will revolutionize our walk of faith.  I believe the early church accepted this realization and turned the world upside down.   If anything needs to be done today, it is the world needs turned upside down again.  We the church have sat back and let the devil do all the influencing in society to the point it seems like there is no return.

 

I do believe that if we the church would take our rightful position as being seated with Jesus in the Heavenly Places, we can see things change for the positive. Ephesians 3:10, indicates this is the purpose of the church as far as God is concerned.    He wants the redeemed or the church to make known the manifested wisdom of God to the fallen principalities and powers that God is in control of the earth through the believers.  It is part of the “mystery”.

 

Unsaved people are influenced by the devil according to Ephesians 2;1-3.   In this passage we see the power the devil has over un-regenerated man.   We know he has the power to blind minds also (II Corinthians 4:4).  The sad fact is he exercises this influence over believers who have not renewed their minds (Romans 12:1,2).

We as believers are to be filled with the Spirit or be influenced by the Holy Spirit.

 

You may ask how do we make this manifold wisdom be known to the spiritual powers?    We must put on the whole armor of God and as stated in Ephesians 6:18.  We must be praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.  This praying includes praying in the spirit or praying in our heavenly languages.  Scripture teaches us that when we are praying in tongues we are praying the mysteries of God (I Corinthians 14:2).  That means we are praying and God is releasing His will towards these principalities or making His wisdom known unto them.  They are compelled to obey His voice through us.  No wonder the devil fights speaking in tongues and tries to keep us so busy we do not take the time to exercise this powerful gifts God has bestowed upon those who believe.