In the month of May, I had the honored privilege of speaking to a group for several weeks on the authority that we possess as the body of Christ. During this time I was filled with such an interest over what the Spirit was showing me that I have since continued to meditate on it.
When dealing with the gospel of the kingdom there is one word that always stands out—give. There is no taking or subtracting within the kingdom of God; that is the devil’s doing as we have all seen and in some way experienced. The enemy is relentless in trespassing on purchased and declared righteous territory. Jesus spoke in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I GIVE YOU the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy…” As we stand in this place of given ability with confidence in Christ’s accomplished victory, we have the capacity to change circumstances and arrest the rebellion that stands in opposition to God’s will. That’s right—YOU do this! We are called by God through Christ to enforce the boundaries of the kingdom of light—the proverbial “line in the sand” proclaiming to the forces of darkness, “You will not pass!” Jesus also said in Luke 17:21b, “For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking (natural), but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The dominion of heaven has been placed in you in its fullness of justification, absolute rest, and gladness of heart.
The mental agreement that comes with hearing these words is usually quick and arrives with a boisterous, Amen! Yet, why are we not living on this level with more regularity? I include myself in this question as well. I believe the answer is found in Matthew 10:7-8, “And as you go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven has drawn near. (How has it drawn near? By residing inside us as we go.) 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” I believe we don’t live with more demonstrations of what has been given to us, because as we go, we are talked out of our rights and position by thoughts of performance and actions based on works. As we go, we must not question what Jesus has already said has been done by asking, “Have I done enough?” or “Do I qualify?” These are the questions that leave us helpless and without dominating victories. The authority and power we possess are Christ-given and not by self-effort.
Ephesians 2:8 tell us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is a gift of God.” The Lord spoke it to me this way, “That which wars against the will of God is self-effort.” We will never enforce the kingdom of God with confidence in self-accomplished exertion. Colossians 1:12 confirms this by stating, “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” We are to preach righteousness – man’s true position in Christ, peace – God’s opinion toward humanity and joy in the Holy Ghost – man’s actual ability and source from which he draws his strength and certainty.
It should encourage us that as we resist the agitating and oppressing darkness encroaching on this world, that we do so through the free gift of righteousness and grace. Our authority is not bestowed because of perfection or the accolades of self; it was merely given by Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must remember that it’s the Father who does the work and not the effort of the individual that accomplishes the divine deliverance. This knowledge of righteousness and grace are the avenues by which triumphant victories are seen and lived in.
Declare over yourself God’s word concerning your position, “I’m seated with Christ in heavenly places over all power and authority.” (Eph. 2:6) “I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.” (2 Cor. 5:21) These statements will create brashness and the drive to accomplish the command to go, that was given to enforce the kingdom of God.