Imagine that a man has come on hard times, loses his apartment and has been living in his car. Unbeknownst to him, a long-lost aunt has passed away and he is her closest living relative. As a result, he has inherited her house, and legally has authority to live there. But he continues to live in his car and in shelters, because he has no idea about his inheritance.
Believers who don’t read their Bible or know the promises found in God’s Word are no different from this man. Many Christians are walking around thinking they are powerless to the circumstances around them, because they don’t know the authority that Jesus has given them after they’ve made him Lord of their lives.
Authority is defined as “delegated power” in YouVersion’s Understanding Our Authority in Christ devotional. That power must be delegated by someone else who already has the authority.
And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18
The weight of our authority as Believers is measured by the power of the One who has authorized it. I remember the first time I really understood John 14:12 –
Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater than these, because I am going to the Father.
As a Believer, I have delegated power from Jesus. I remember a couple of years ago when I exercised that power in a dire situation.
We were headed down to Greensboro, NC for the Jr Olympics, but fell way behind schedule due to an impromptu stop at a Civil War battlefield. It was my turn to drive, and I remember enjoying the beautiful sunset behind the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.
Once the sun went down it was extremely dark and soon my family was fast asleep. I had my favorite playlist blasting in my earphones as I sang worship songs to God. It was just me, Him, and the dark road ahead of me.
After a while, it started raining and the navigation took me off the interstate highway and onto a winding local road. My smooth journey was now interrupted by traffic lights, sharp curves, and waves of torrential downpour.
I was growing slightly irritated as I had to continuously adjust the windshield wipers and my speed – the rain would periodically come down so strong that I could hardly see the road in front of me. But it would only last a few minutes and then lighten up.
When we were about 90 minutes away from our hotel, there was a particularly heavy downpour, complete with thunder and lightning. By then I was very agitated with my surroundings as the road was still quite curvy and it was hard to see. All I wanted was to find a place to pull over and wait out the storm, but there was no place that I could stop.
As I could feel myself on the verge of tears, I caught myself. I remembered John 14:12 and the years of teaching I had at my church about the dominion and authority I had been given through Christ Jesus. I could remain a frustrated and fearful driver on that road, or I could choose to do something about it.
I thought about a popular story about Jesus that was told in two different Gospels in the Bible. In Matthew 8 and in Mark 4 we find the story of Jesus and His disciples on a boat in the middle of a storm. Jesus was sleeping and the disciples woke him up in a panic, thinking they were going to drown. Jesus called out to the storm “Peace, be still” and the wind and storm responded and died down.
Whoever believes in me will do the work I do… Welp, what did I have to lose? I rolled down my window and yelled at the storm while the rain smacked me in my face. I remember saying something along the lines of… “Storm – I know you can hear me! I am the righteousness of God, and I have been given dominion and authority over you! Jesus said I can do what He did and even greater. So, I command you right now – Peace, Be Still!”
I woke my husband and the girls up with my yelling, and they just stared ahead, still half asleep. In what felt like less than a minute, the rain calmed down to a light drizzle and stayed that way until we arrived safely at the hotel. My sleepy passengers dozed back off – my daughters don’t even remember that small miracle.
But I do. And I will never forget it, as it will always be a reminder of the power that has been granted to me through Jesus. He’s given me the authority to do what He’s done…and even greater.
John 14:12 is a powerful scripture. But it can’t be properly applied in your life if you don’t know what Jesus did when He walked the earth.
Spend this year studying the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to learn about the amazing teachings and miracles Jesus performed while on earth. As a Believer in Christ, when we learn more about His life and works, we know that He has given us the same power to impact our lives, or the lives of those around us. Don’t let that authority go to waste, step out on faith and follow Jesus!
PRAY WITH ME:
Thank you for your life-changing words in John 14:12. Thank you for the example of your life, that shows me what I can do to make a difference in the world, and in my own life. Help me to remember everything that you did, so I can follow your example and use the power under the authority that you’ve given me in this world when I experience tough times. Amen.
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