“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
Jesus has given all believers authority. We don’t have authority over people but over the evil spirits that affect us and others. We only have power and authority in the spiritual realm to do God’s will and perform His works, not our own.
The internet, television and radio are full of preachers preaching the Gospel; the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately today there are also many who make the Gospel more complicated and confusing than what it is. We must understand the work and sacrifice of Jesus and the Cross first. Many times we are taught to serve the Lord because of His power instead of seeking a personal relationship with Him which in turn reveals His mercy and grace and causes us to “want” to serve Him. Serving the Lord merely for the “acts” or the “show” negates The Cross. It is works without faith and leads to self righteousness instead of righteousness. The Kingdom of God is freely given for the asking to those who believe. It cannot be earned.
This power of attorney is given to all believers through the power of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. ” The reason Jesus grants us the authority to use His name to perform His works is to glorify God, but we must ask with unwavering faith. To pray “if its in your will” for a promise God has already made to us is a prayer of unbelief. God’s Word says in 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. ” We don’t pray “if it’s in Your will may I prosper?” We take authority over God’s promises to us and quit letting the enemy convince us otherwise! Remind the enemy “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Now is the time for all Christians to seek, believe and receive the power of the Holy Spirit. We do not have limitations in Christ. There is a new breed of Christians, both young and mature, who are not seeking entertainment but the fire endued by Holy Spirit. Many are afraid to teach, preach and study the Holy Spirit. We hold the Lord’s reputation here in this world and He watches over His reputation. The Lord will teach us and guide us through His Holy Spirit. He is not going to let us fall when we are holding on tightly to Him. We must continue to carry out the full program of God by allowing Him to perform His miracles, signs and wonders through His Holy Spirit, which is in every believer. The fullness and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to all who seek. We need to allow Him to use us to glorify Himself through us by taking the authority granted to us in Jesus’ name. This world needs to see miracles, signs and wonders – both small and large. Are we Christians the very ones scared to rise up to what the Word of God says about our authority to perform His works in this world? Do we seek only His protection when He wants to give us the His power and authority over evil as well? Speak life, speak redemption and use the power of attorney Jesus has sent you and disciple to the nations! – Donna Warren