Divine Power and Authority (2)

  • I mentioned we’d get back to this. 2 Peter 1:3-4: “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.”

    It just keeps getting worse. His divine power gave us all things, not some things. Not “if it be thy will” things, but all things that pertain to life and godliness.

    Keep reading the verse. You see that it is given “through the knowledge of Him” who called us. Called us To what? To GLORY and VIRTUE. The kind of virtue that went out of Jesus. How do you get this knowledge? Search the scriptures. Study to show yourself approved, and be willing to accept the truth over your own opinions or wrong teachings.

    We are given exceeding great and precious promises. Not wimpy maybe type promises. By those promises we become partakers of the divine, not natural, but divine. Not worldly, but divine nature. Here’s the problem. We fail to see the supernatural as the norm. Like the disciples, we keep slipping back to what is normal on earth, rather than seeing what is the norm in heaven. It’s similar to Peter’s shadow. It wasn’t Peter or his shadow doing the healing. It was what overshadowed Peter. It was the anointing of the anointed one in them. The Power and Authority given them. In other words, living by the standards of what heaven allows and disallows, rather than settling for what the world says is the truth.

    If it’s allowed or existing in heaven then it ought to be so on earth. If it’s forbidden in heaven than it ought to be forbidden on earth. That’s what is meant by “Thy will be done on earth, as it (already) is in heaven”.

    This is a conviction we carry and are driven to share with others. With that in mind, I keep battling this question. Why do we continue to pray and ask God to do what he’s already done? Why continue to beg God for what He’s already done and given us? He has already given us power and authority. He expects us to become commanders of that power and authority, instead of beggars.

    Joseph Prince posted this some time ago and it fits right here. “Do you know that blessing you actually brings joy to God’s heart? When you place a demand on Him, you let Him be God. When you come empty and draw from Him, the one who has endless supply, you honor Him. When you draw from His fullness, you delight Him! Beloved, God wants to pour His abundant supply of health, wholeness and peace into your life today. Come expectantly to Him for your healing and for every other need today!”

    There are many who believe that we must work hard to first get ourselves into a position to receive from God. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What pleases God most is when we throw ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections and failures.

    This is a powerful truth that works. I believe it’s the catalyst to seeing the miraculous released. I know this goes contrary to popular beliefs today. I realize that it’s not us but God who is the Power and giver of the same. I totally agree with that. However, I also believe that God has placed His power and authority under our command, and it’s up to us to release it.

    Peter got hold of this truth after pentecost. He went out and preached a sermon and three thousands souls were saved (Acts 2:41). Later in Acts 4 they were speaking to the people and five thousand more got saved. In between there, Peter told the man at the gate beautiful “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” He didn’t say, “well lets just go to the Father in prayer and ask him to heal you if it be His will”.

    Paul understood this great truth to the point the anointing was so strong on him, that the handkerchiefs or aprons that touched him healed the sick and cast out demons. In Acts 19:11,12 we read:

    11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.

    Why? Because they learned how to command the authority that was given them. I firmly believe that if we don’t take our authority, given to us by God, and become commanders instead of beggars, God’s power cannot and will not be released. Grace and Peace.