Authority # 3a
Last time we were teaching on our Spiritual Authority and we’re going to pick up from where we left off last time.
I) LUKE 10:19.
A) Jesus said that we have authority over all the power or Authority of the enemy.
1) But we may not always see it when we 1st pray or the moment when we 1st take authority over Satan, Especially when it comes to using our authority over our finances, over a sickness, over the life style of a loved one, but victory is coming.
(a) 1st of all we should want God’s timing.
2) People often ask why does it seen to take so long.
(a) Some things take time, for instance in the area of finances, it’s going to take some time for the angels of God to bring in the prosperity. It doesn’t usually happen over night.
(i) The Lord might bless you with a good job and with a good pay check, but that’s just the start of prosperity. (If you quit the next week you’re back in the same place you were in before.) (Do every thing that you can to keep that job.)
(ii) Maybe your job isn’t paying you enough. (If you are diligent in doing what is set before you God will promote.) But again, TIME is INVOLVED.
(b) God might give you a good investment, but again it’s going to take time for that to mature.
(i) We always want things right now.
(ii) Look at HEB 10:36.
(iii) There are many times in the Word of God that the men of God waited years for the promise.
(iv) (Hebrews 6:12) says, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
3) When you pray and believe God and use your authority over the enemy, it’s done in the spirit, but it takes time to manifest in the natural, that’s where Patience comes in.
(a) Now, you do have to use WISDOM, you can’t be foolish.
(i) You can’t drink arsenic on purpose and expect to walk in health.
(ii) You can’t get hired and QUIT JOBS or be lazy on the Job and expect God to prosper you.
(iii) You need to do everything you can to keep that job and work hard so that God will see you faithful and promote you.
4) But there is something else that you need to do. WE NEED TO BE DOING THE WILL OF GOD
(a) Go back with me to HEB 10:36.
(i) If we want God to bless us and if we want to have victory over the Devil continuously, we have to do what the Word of God tells us to do. We have to be doers of the Word.
(ii) We have to walk in WISDOM and DO WHAT THE WORD SAYS.
(b) We can’t expect to have God’s best when He tells us how to give, how to live and how to love, but don’t do it.
5) LUKE 11:28.
(a) The word “BLESSED” here means happy, but it also refers to “FREEDOM,” FREEDOM FORM BONDAGE.
(i) In 1 instance the ruler of the synagogue was upset that Jesus was healing on the Sabbath day. Jesus said, in (Luke 13:16) “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom SATAN HATH BOUND, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”
(ii) Satan brings bondage’s.
(iii) But Jesus said, “If you hear my words and keep them, then you are Blessed, Happy and Free.”
(b) Turn to James 1:22-25 (I’m going to read it from the NIV, but try to follow along with me.) 22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law (that is the Word of God) that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.” NIV
(i) James is telling us that if we are a doer of the Word we will be BLESSED, HAPPY, and FREE.
(ii) (Already read) Paul said basically the same thing in (Hebrews 10:36) “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
B) So you might be asking, “Why haven’t we received the blessings of God yet?”
1) 1st of all, we know that God wants us to have His promises. (2 Corinthians 1:20) “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
(a) But sometimes when we don’t receive the promises it’s because we are not a doer of the Word.
2) There are some spiritual laws in place, just like the natural laws like the Law of Gravity.
(a) It Law of Gravity is a blessing to you if you abide by it, but it can give you a lot of problems if you don’t take heed to it’s warnings.
(b) The Word of God is the same way, but it a spiritual law. If we keep and do the Word, we’ll reap it’s blessings, but we’re going to have problem if we don’t keep it. (Not just part of it, don’t pick and choose what you’re going to keep and what you’re not going to do. Be a doer of All of God’s Word.)
3) But the other reason why we don’t have things NOW, is that it might not be the right timing.
(a) Example: I believe that God wants us to have a larger building so that we can minister to more people. But we have to find God’s timing, if we stepped out too soon (not in God perfect timing) it could ruin the Church. The right time will come.
(b) Even when we think the timing is now, it still might not be the Lord’s timing.
II) But pastor, my spouse is not saved and I’ve been praying for him for years. Doesn’t God want him saved NOW?
A) Yes, he does. (2 Corinthians 6:2) Says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
1) The 2nd reason things don’t happen immediately is because of the Satanic forces trying to stop the move of God and His promises from getting through.
(a) That why we not only have to ask in faith, but we also have to keep on standing in faith.
(b) (1 Peter 5:9) Tells us to RESIST Satan steadfast in the faith.
(i) The verb and the tense of this V tells us that we are to RESIST, OPPOSE, and COME AGAINST SATAN, CONTINUOUSLY. (Not talking about every minute, but don’t give up on using your authority.)
2) Look at EPH 6:12.
(a) These demonic spirits are the reason why we don’t see the answer to our prayer sooner.
B) Turn to EZE 28:2.
1) Here we see the “Prince of Tyrus” God says that he is a man.
2) Now go down to EZE 28:11-12.
(a) Now the Word of the Lord came for the “KING of Tyrus.”
(i) 2 different beings and this being must have been a powerful demonic being AND probably the wicked spirit that was over that city to stop the Will of God.
(ii) And really, this demonic spirit is Satan.
(b) Look at EZE 28:13-15.
(c) The main thing that I wanted you to see is that there are demonic Spirits that are over cities and there main purpose is to stop the move of God.
3) Look at DAN 10:2-3, 10-13.
(a) Demonic spirits are out there trying to stop God from moving.
(b) We need to stand our ground, Keep Believing God, and use our authority over the enemy.
4) God has such a love for us and He so much wants us to have His promises and blessings.
(a) Victory is coming.
(b) WHEN? I don’t know, that’s why we have need of Patience.
(c) Stand your ground against the devil, Victory is on the way.
WOLCC SUN AM 1/12/97 Authority # 3a