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Power and Authority – The Difference

20 Mar

SONY DSCA few months ago, I talked at length about the power of God that’s working in us.  In that discussion we saw that true power is the ability to produce change.  It should be obvious that the power of God changes everything that it touches.

At some point, we also talked about the two components of power – love and a saved mind.  In that regard, faith is the fuel that energizes our love to action.  This is the nature of the power of God working in our lives.  It should be our goal to act just the opposite of those who “have a form of godliness but deny its power.”

Over the next few posts I want to continue to look at the power of God and how it parallels natural electric power.  One of the things that we know about electricity is that it can come in two different forms.  We know them as Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC).

The fact is that both are useful.  As a matter of fact, I can use both of these forms of electricity to power my portable DVD player.

I can choose to use the DC batteries or plug the AC adapter into the wall plug.  Which is better?  Think about that and we’ll talk more about it in a later post.  You will probably be surprised at how closely the answer to this simple question relates to Christians today.

In talking about spiritual power, Jesus said the following to His disciples…

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
Luke 10:19

We need to learn that authority goes hand in hand with power.  I haven’t talked about the concept of authority yet, so we need an understanding of how it fits into the whole picture.  While power is the ability to produce change, authority is the permission to use power.  In the natural realm the Electric Company gives you the authority to use electricity in your home or you will have no power.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Matthew 28:18

Jesus said that He had been given permission to use all power in Heaven and on earth.  It is a blessing to know that He has given some of this power to us.  According to the Lord, our power is effective over all the power of the enemy.  Now that’s good news, that our power is greater than Satan’s kingdom.

There is no reason for me to fear, because God’s power is operating in me.

Question: How should the above knowledge affect our walk with God?

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

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