Kingdom Authority - The Missing Miracle
taken from a message given by Adrian Rogers
The Christian faith is a supernatural faith built around three personal miracles. Our faith commences with a miracle. We come into the kingdom by a miraculous new birth (John 3:3). Our salvation concludes with a miracle. At our Lord’s coming we will be made like Him (I John 3:2). What a transformation! But there is the continuing middle miracle that many seem to miss. That miracle is that we might reign in life right now with Kingdom Authority.
Christians are not just nicer people. They are new creatures with spiritual royalty. But what kind of a king can reign without authority? None! In the same way, we cannot reign in the grace and power of our Lord without Kingdom Authority.
The life that God desires for us is to be one of divine Kingdom Authority. While the Bible admits the possibility of defeat for a Christian, it never assumes the necessity of it. We are already kings and priests meant to live in perpetual victory - not necessarily ease, wealth, or health but victory. Kingdom Authority, is not only for the “sweet by and by” but for the believer today. It is your birthright and legacy.
Satan will marshal all of the forces of hell and the demons of darkness to keep you in ignorance concerning your Kingdom Authority. Satan wants to deceive you into thinking that victory is impossible – even if you are swimming in an ocean of potential blessing! A friend shared the following experiment he had seen in a film:
A large wall-eyed pike was taken alive and placed in a huge aquarium. The water temperature and surroundings were fashioned like the lake from which he was taken. Then, buckets of live minnows were dumped in. Mr. Pike thought he was in heaven. He began rapidly swallowing these minnows.
A short while later, the researchers played a trick on the poor fish. They placed a large glass cylinder of water into the tank, then filled it with minnows. Mr. Pike started for the minnows only to bump his snout against the invisible barrier. He tried again and again and again. Finally he gave up and settled on the bottom of his “heaven” that had gone awry.
The researchers then removed the cylinder and the minnows swam freely. However, Mr. Pike never made a move for one of them. They would swim right past his face, but he never moved. He was convinced that he would never have another minnow. In the end, he starved surrounded by minnows.
Have you ever thought that you may be asking God for what you already have? It is time that you open your eyes and possess your possessions. Are you saved? Have you repented of your sin, believed upon Jesus Christ to save you, and made Him Lord over your life? Then, you are a member of the royal family of God with Kingdom Authority!
Simon Peter tells us that, “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
One of these days, we’re going to wake up and understand what God has already given His children and stop asking Him for what He has already given and therefore we already have. Living victoriously isn’t your responsibility; it is rather your response to God’s ability.
We are conquerors through Christ. Romans 8:35-37 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (italics mine). The key in this passage is the word “through.” How do we have Kingdom Authority? Through Christ. Behind every promise is a Person. And His name is Jesus.
Walk on conquered ground, my friend. Stake your claim of faith on the promises of God. And do as Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, never give up.”
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