Love & Authority

For the last month and a half (maybe a bit longer), the Lord has really been speaking to me about love and authority. Holy Spirit is so awesome and sweet to teach such VALUABLE Kingdom lessons that we could never learn on our own. The Lord’s thoughts truly are higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

We often hear of ‘Christians” judging and condemning those that do not have it “all together.” Such as viewing drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and the homeless as less-than. It’s ironic that these very people are who we, as Sons and Daughters of God are called to love. Jesus himself loved the outcast. He loved the “untouchables.” He loves today’s lepers. My heart hurts for the way Jesus has been represented by these peoples and groups who are in bondage to a religious spirit.

Kingdom Lesson

Where we don’t love, we do not have authority. Where we love, we have authority. It’s as simple as that. If we are not loving the “outcast,” how do we ever expect God to use us to call them forth into their God given destiny and identity? I’m not saying we should condone sin. Absolutely not. However, I am saying that love covers all. We must remember that when we were held in shackles and chains, Jesus came and saw as as we WOULD be. His love and invitation to Himself called us into our God given destiny and identity. What would happen if the Bride of Christ truly loved? I am convinced that everything would shift. Again, we have authority where and when we love. If we want to be used by the Lord to bring glory to Him and bring souls into His Kingdom, we must love.

I am truly grateful that Holy Spirit has been teaching me this and I believe He will continue to do so. This truth has completely penetrated my heart and I want even more revelation of this truth. We have authority. We are Sons and Daughters. Let us love.

 

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

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Keep Your Eyes Fixed

Last week I was reminded of one of the stories of Peter. It’s the one about Peter walking on the water. Matthew 14:22-32 says this, “Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that His disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while He sent the people home. After sending them home, He went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while He was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw Him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage. I am here!” Then Peter called to Him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come.” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshipped him. “You really are the Son of God!” the exclaimed.”

There’s so much to say about this awesome story, but there is one part in particular that I am really relating to right now. Peter stepped out. He stepped out into the unknown. Can you imagine? It is so hard to step out and take a risk sometimes (or all the time). The reason Peter was able to step out is because he had his eyes fixed on Jesus. He had his focus completely on the King of kings and was able to do what seemed impossible. He then saw the strong wind and waves and began to sink. The reason why he began to sink is because he took his eyes off of Jesus. Oh how I totally relate! Last week I completely focused my eyes on the world, the unknown, the problems and became absolutely terrified.. just as Peter did.

As the story goes on, Jesus responds to Peter. When I first read this text I thought to myself… At least Peter tried? Why did Jesus say to Peter that he had so little faith? But then I realized that Jesus wasn’t scolding Peter. He never condemns us. This was more of a heartfelt cry from Jesus. I think of a loving earthly father. When a dad’s children don’t trust in him or his provision and protection for them, he is hurt. I really believe this was just as Jesus was in that moment. He so deeply wanted Peter (and wants me and all of us) to trust in Him, His ways, and His provision.

I’m so thankful that no matter what storms and chaos this life brings, I have the privilege to keep my eyes on King Jesus. He is my protector and no matter what, He will never fail me. He is the calm in all of our storms. When we loose faith and take our eyes off of Him, He immediately reaches out and grabs our hands when we call to Him.