Authority and Obedience 1

“Where it comes from and how to maintain it”

AUTHORITY IS THE RIGHT TO INFLUENCE

YOU OF YOURSELF POSSESS NO AUTHORITY.

Ex. JESUS EVEN DECLARED HE HAD NO AUTHORITY OF HIS OWN.

Phil 2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

John 5:19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

30 I can do nothing on My own initiative.

THERE ARE PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE PEOPLE RECOGNIZED IF YOU HAD AUTHORITY IT WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY SOMEONE ELSE

John 19:10 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?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

Mark 11:27 They came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him, 28 and began saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do these things?”

IF THE AUTHORITY YOU HAVE AS A BELIEVER HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU, THEN THE LIMITATIONS OF THAT AUTHORITY ARE NOT YOURS TO SET.

Matt 9:8 But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

THE AUTHORITY THAT JESUS OPERATED IN WAS GIVEN TO HIM.

Rom 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

II. IN ORDER TO HAVE AUTHORITY YOU MUST BE UNDER THE ONE WHO GAVE YOU THAT AUTHORITY.

YOUR AUTHORITY (EFFECTIVENESS OF) DEPENDS ENTIRELY UPON THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ONE WHO GAVE YOU THE AUTHORITY

Luke 7:8 For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; 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.”

YOUR AUTHORITY DEPENDS UPON THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ONE WHO GAVE YOU AUTHORITY.

JESUS SAID, “I always do that which pleases the father”…

PEOPLE ARE SACRIFICING THEIR AUTHORITY ON THE ALTAR OF DISOBEDIENCE…

Ex. LUCIFER HAD AUTHORITY AT ONE TIME (FROM GOD).

THE MOMENT YOU BREAK FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD YOU AUTOMATICALLY FORFIET YOUR AUTHORITY.

Luke 4: SATAN COMES TO JESUS AND TEMPTS HIM WITH ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD… 5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over (SURRENDERED) to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

Ex. ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN – GEN 2;15 “Cultivate and keep” (GUARD)

Ch 3 LUCIFER COMES IN… AND HE RECOGNIZES, THEY HAVE AUTHORITY…

“Go ahead and eat”… “Hath God said”… “You won’t die”… “You will actually be like God and better off”

SIN NEVER CAUSES YOU TO BE MORE OF A PERSON. SIN CAUSES YOU TO BE LESS OF A PERSON THAN GOD INTENDED YOU TO BE.

NOW GOD HAS AN AUTHORITYLESS MAN LIVING ON EARTH.

The only way to restore authority is to restore relationship

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