After working our way through the books of Galations, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians with a heavy emphasis on checking our the focus of our hearts, we’re about to study our authority in Christ with the book The Believer’s Authority by Kenneth Hagin. Here are a few highlights from last Thursday night’s discussion:
Authority = Position Backed by Power
If we don’t know the truth or if we allow ourselves to forget the truth, we cannot have any power.
32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
For a mental image, think of a movie like Lord of the Rings or Tangled–someone with authority has been hidden away or made to forget his or her rightful power and must discover and claim what has been given. As sons and daughters of the Savior King, we have authority backed by His power. To access it, we must know it’s ours and we must not allow ourselves to forget who we are (or who He is) during the day-to-day trials of life.
“…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6
19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20
10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10
Every time we learn something, we are challenged in it.
Focus for the week: Dig into what the Bible says about who you are in Christ. The Christian life is not a passive life.
A few more for context:
Feel free to share your thoughts from last week or pose questions in the comments section below.