USURPER OF AUTHORITY

By Dan Luehrs

 

 

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Matt 28:18 (NASU)

 

There is no doubt that Jesus has all power and authority in heaven and earth, for He received this from His Father and was given a name above all names because of His obedience to the Fathers authority. He never one time disobeyed even to the point of giving His life on the cross for the will of the Father. We can clearly see that it pays for us to be under authority until the Fathers timing to release us no matter who He places authority over us for our training.

 

We are all under the authority of someone, one being God, parents, the government, bosses, teachers, and Christian leadership. Our lives on earth are a setup for us to be under authority, even though we do not fully understand why at times. The Lord has shown me that our submissiveness to authority has everything to do with our own authority as becoming fully matured manifested Sons of God. If we do not stay under the authority ordained by the Father and His perfect timing for us we will short circuit our lives. Then we will be no better than Satan himself who tried to usurp the authority of God. When we disobey we do not understand that we are just like the enemy when we do not stay under the authority of which God has placed us under. Is this not what Adam and Eve tried to do when they ate of the tree of good and evil and the devil told them that they will be like God? Their disobedience was a defiance in the very face of Godís authority over them when they were tried by the devil to see what was in their hearts. They became presumptuous of Godís authority over them and no longer had the fear of God protecting their hearts from the pride that brought Satan down from his place of power over Godís kingdom. Both Adam and Satan fell from their place of ascension in God because they got comfortable with Him and fell away in their hearts long before the time of testing came. Our test of being under authority only shows what has been going on in our heart all the time, just as we can manifest the full Sonship of God we can also manifest the workings of Satan if not dealt with by God.

 

BEING UNDER AUTHORITY

 

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, " Abba! Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. Gal 4:1-7 (NASU)

 

Jesus came to me when I was taking a nap one day and began speaking to me about authority. He showed me that my whole life was a setup of being under authority since I was a child and that He had placed people over me whether they were men or women. At a young age responsibilities were given to me and it seemed to me even back then that the more responsible I was, the more authority was given to me. Like keys to homes, cars, and businesses and until recently I had hundreds of keys to homes and buildings in my control to do with them as needed, along with a large spending budget. Now after almost thirteen years of working there God said that I was done and needed to move on. Some of the people over me were women and one being my wife and one being younger than me. The Lord has shown me that I passed the test of not trying to usurp authority over them in my heart. Usurp means to, (To try to take authority away). Do you see that all of life is about the heart issue, what is going on in my heart? There was a little boy standing on a chair next to his mom and his mom told him to sit down, but the little boy did not want to. He finally sat down and the mom commended him for doing good when he said to her, ďI may be sitting down but I am standing up inside!Ē This is what we must be delivered from, rebellion! ďIf ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken itĒ Isa 1:19-20 (KJV).

If we are a Christian and are a part of a local church, God has the leadership of that church over us, we must choose to submit to their godly authority no matter if we agree with them or not, as long as they are following the Lord and His word. If we try to usurp their authority we fail the test and must go around the mountain until we pass this test of authority even if we have setbacks and disappointments with their leadership.

The Lord then went through the Bible and showed me how the great Bible characters submitted to authority and were exulted from their lowly position like Joseph and Moses and even Paul submitting to the leadership of the apostles in Jerusalem when he was a great Pharisee and they were just fishermen. This took great humility on Paulís part but God richly blessed him.

Please understand this is the very thing that many people stumble over and never rise again from the ash heap of rebellion. The Bible is full of these stories from Cain and Abel to the tower of Babel and Moses' sister to the Kohathites that tried Mosesí authority over him. Then we could go through the years of the Israelites trying God in the Promised Land and would not listen to their leadership of good kings and prophets but were stubborn headed and millions were destroyed by their enemies and were disbursed among the nations until the holocaust when they were finally placed in their own land again after two thousand years. Rebellion will cost us the throne of God, but the fear of God will be wisdom for us to ascend to the throne.

I am not sure about you, but I am not willing to give up one inch to the devil in my mind, spirit, or body and want all the rebellion removed from me so that I may be as close to Jesus as He allows me to be. Whatever fiery tests may await me are all for my good, they are not to be feared because they are all a setup of God so that He may trust us with the authority of Jesus Christ and to become like Him in all measure.

The owner of all starts out just as a slave so that he may be tested. ďNow I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.Ē The Father has the perfect time to entrust us with His authority, we just must trust Him. When I think of Joseph and all that he had to go through to be second in control of all of Egypt I just shudder because there are no shortcuts for any of us! We are called to something much bigger than what Joseph had in Egypt. Are we willing to pay the price of following Jesus just to be closer to Him even if He offers us nothing but His presence? Yes, a thousand times yes! It took Abraham one hundred years to be prepared to be the father of Isaac. Think about it, he could have been much younger but God waited until His perfect time to bring forth the Promised Child just as He said because that was His timing and not mans! How about Moses, he was eighty years old when he matured enough for God to release authority through him, which was the Fathers perfect timing to bring him forth as the leader of all the tribes of Israel. We cannot be in a hurry when we have a calling upon our life from God, it may take much longer and far harder than we could even imagine, but it will be worth it all, I promise!

 

MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN

 

"For many are called, but few are chosen." Matt 22:14 (NASU)

 

I do not believe that Abraham was Godís first choice, but that there were others before him that God called, but they would not submit to the authority of Godís leading in the wilderness and God moved on to look for another. Does not 2 Chronicles 16:9 say, "For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.Ē All of Godís people that He calls goes through their time in the wilderness to knock off all the rough edges that we have in our lives by just us being human. We will not stay under the authority of God if we will not stay under the authority of a person. Just as if we do not love people we see, how can we love a God that we do not see? This life is a setup and we must use all these experiences of life to cause us to mature by knowing that God is watching over us to see how we are handling situations of life faithfully or not.

 

I think of the story of the apostle John when he wrote about Diotrephes in 3 John 9, ďI wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.Ē This is how arrogant we can become! John being a disciple of the Lord when He walked the earth should have been respected by all and yet this man named Diotrephes did not even receive John because he wanted the authority in the church and wanted to be first even before a direct disciple of Jesus. Power hungry people will not submit to the true spiritual authority of the Lord over them because they are by human nature usurpers of authority and they will not submit to anyone over them, but this must die in all of us or God will never give us a placement in Him as a mature Son of God. It just will not happen! We could take a look at King Saul versus King David who submitted to the authority that God had placed over him, but Saul would not obey the leadership of God through the Prophet Samuel because he thought he knew better and was impatient with Godís timing and decided to act on his own. Saul was manís choice for King, David was Godís choice even though he did not look much like a king, but God knew what was in his heart. We must ask the Lord to root out of us anything that is not of His authority and nature because if we try to go into a position of authority before our time it will crush us and this is not Godís will for us. ďTherefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper timeĒ 1 Peter 5:6 (NASU). This verse is the key to true spiritual authority, it first starts with us being humble before God and man and by letting Him alone exult us at the proper time. If we look for a position of authority before our time it will only take longer for us to come into the true authority of Christ. We may have great charismatic giftings from God, but if we allow people to put us in places of power before our time it will only hinder our true calling. To be a fully matured Son of God we must follow the Lamb wherever He goes, which is for us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives on a daily basis or WE too will be usurpers of His authority in our lives.

 

GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS

 

He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father Rev 2:26-27 (NASU)

 

Manís authority over the earth started way back in the book of Genesis when God told Adam to rule over all the earth, but quickly lost it to Satanís deceptions. However, Jesus got it all back and more, praise to His name! One man's disobedience brought the fall, but one man's obedience purchased it all back for all eternity and He wants to share His authority with us if we will just pay the price of our obedience. In Luke 10:19 Jesus gave authority to the apostles over the enemy when He was with them. It reads, "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.Ē This authority that Jesus gave was over the enemy, but was not over the nations. Before the Lord gives us true authority over the nations He wants us to practice our authority over the enemy in our own lives! If we cannot overcome the enemy in our day to day lives why in the world would He give us authority to rule the nations with Him I ask you? This is why authority is only given to the overcomers because they have paid the price in the battle of the mind and have learned it in the fires of hardship.

 

Authority is about control, the enemy wants to control our minds and thought life through the power of the air. He wants us to think his thoughts and not the thoughts of God which are clean and of good report, but if the enemy can interject into our minds that we are nothing and that God does not really love us and causing us to walk in fear and not faith he now has authority of deception because it is all based in a lie and not on the truth of the word of God. But I tell you, according to the word of God there is an overcoming people that have the enemy under their feet and not the other way around and the enemy fears them!

 

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,

 

Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. Rev 12:9-10 (NASU)

 

These are the overcomers with authority that will overcome all that the enemy throws at them, they will put him on the run and cast him out of their lives. The problem with these verses is that most Christians think that this is for some place or time in the future, but in reality it is NOW that we are to be ruling over the enemy in every area of our lives. If we are still walking in fear and worry, we are still under the enemy's control. If we are living in addictions of any kind the enemy still has the upper hand in our life, but fret not because deliverance is coming if we do not give up and become stronger through the battle.

 

Through all of lifeís journey God is wanting us to establish His kingdom in the earth, starting with our own heart. Think about it, we are the eternal dwelling place of God in the earth, there is not another people, we are the body of Christ that God will dwell in and reveal Himself through, just as Jesus demonstrated for us to follow after His steps. Up to now things have only been a rehearsal, but very soon Jesus is coming to appear in and through us, His church and all the world will stand up to see who are His chosen ones to bring forth the kingdom of God in power and authority. Let us not miss our chance at this calling of eternity for a few crumbs of this world when the whole kingdom of God has already been given to us and all we need to do is walk it out by following Him each day.

 

 

Dan Luehrs

PO Box 341

Intercession City, FL 33848

www.churchinhispresence.org