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Published on Sep 11, 2011

In this final episode of Silencing the Inner Critic, vital keys to exercising Christ's power in our own lives and upon this earth are revealed. You must believe and understand the concept of kingdom authority. Learn the secrets that made the Roman centurion so successful in the Lord's eyes! A summary is provided below.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord, do you know you have become a citizen of the kingdom of heaven and have been granted authority? Authority in this context is the right to use the King's power. Kingdom citizenship authority is the right to exercise the King's power according to His word or our constitution, the bible.

More than 2,000 years ago, a Roman centurion, approached Jesus and was able to get his paralyzed servant boy healed with but a few words from the Lord (Mat. 8:8-10). Christ marveled at his faith and comprehension. What did he understand? He understood authority. For he was in the army of the Roman kingdom and subject to authority.

Keys to understanding kingdom authority:

1) Authority is about legal rights. You have a legal right to use the King's power according to His word. You are authorized to exercise power and trample upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall in any way harm you (Lk. 10:19). Christ has all authority and power. He owns it. It is His power but he permits us to use it or empowers us as His stewards or executors to do His will. He has the right of ownership but he has given us the right of use or else he could not hold us accountable to do greater things than him (Jn. 14:12, Mat. 18;23). You will do greater things by His authority not by your ability. In the same way, a general has authority from the government to wield power and move soldiers and weapons and resources.

2) Authority is transferable. The Father gave the Son His authority to perform signs, wonders and miracles. The Son has given His church or His senate the same authorization. The authority of Elijah was transferred to John the Baptist (Mal. 4:5, Mat. 11:14). In the same way, the authority or rank of a general or a colonel can be transferred to different people.

3) The authority must be believed in or you cannot receive it. It is impossible to please God or work with God without faith (Heb. 11:6).

4) Divine authority must be recognized and respected in God. This is what Israel could not understand. They could not accept Jesus because they could not recognize the authority of God upon Him despite the fact only God could do such things. They could not accept that God was working so powerfully through a man that claimed to be the Son of God. Jesus even pleaded with His own disciples: If you do not trust and believe me that the Father and I are one, then atleast believe in the authority I so clearly manifest! (Jn. 14:10-12, Jn. 10:35-38). In the same way, the Roman centurion recognized the divine rank of Jesus.

5) Divine authority must be recognized and respected in you. The authority must not be abused or it can be suspended. You cannot exercise your authority to control people against their will. You cannot use it against the will and the word of God. You cannot neglect its use so your life and territory and the earth is falling apart. You are held accountable for the authority He has conferred upon you. Do not bury your talent. Personal issues of whether you like or dislike yourself or whether you trust or distrust yourself are irrelevant. It is not about you. Respect and obey the divine authority conferred upon you. In the same way, an officer in the army is responsible for being an officer no matter who he or she is.

6) Divine authority must be recognized and respected in others. You are not fighting the person but you are fighting God's authority upon that person. Personal issues of whether you like or dislike or whether you trust or distrust that person are irrelevant. Respect and obey the divine authority upon that person. (Rom. 13:1-5). In the same way, an army runs through respect and recognition of rank.

7) Let the authorized words of the King from the constitution (the bible) dwell in you richly that you may have power to silence the inner critic or ego, cast out the legions, clean up your life and establish, maintain, propel and be guided in your new life in the kingdom. (Col. 3:16, Eph. 5:26). You grow in rank the more you believe the authorized word and understand authority.

8) It begins with a child's simple belief and submission to the love and power of the King. As you exercise your authority, you will witness and learn how your Father operates and wields power. You will learn what He wants and how He does things. The child is under guardianship until he or she grows up in the spirit to fully understand the Father's kingdom business (Gal. 4:1-2). Maturity develops through child-like submission and observation as you and the Father become one.

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