What’s the difference you say? Oh, there is a vast difference between the two. The power source is completely different and, many people have power, but they carry no authority. Yet, if you understand the meaning of true authority you have both.
But the interesting thing is that in order for one to have any authority, you must submit to authority. There are natural laws, and there are supernatural laws. Authority goes beyond what is natural and cannot be attained unless we submit to the Godly order of this universe.
Now in the order of God, we can see that Jezebel had power, and she used it to call down the power of Baal. She usurped the power of King Ahab, and she also surrounded herself with Eunuch’s, which indicates, that she emasculated all the men around her. These usually referred to castrated men. But in spiritual terms, I would assume any man losing control . Taking the natural power away from any man who had come close to her. She wanted to rule and would stop at nothing to take from other’s. It was all about control and manipulation. She was narcissistic. She met her end. And it wasn’t pretty. A strong man of God, had to overpower her charms, yet, he had her own eunuch’s take part in her demise. So fed up with her ordering them around, ”Throw her over the wall,” was Jehu’s final command.
But without submission to authority. This was carried to every extreme. When King Ahab was having a tantrum about someone’s vineyard, Jezebel, implied, that it was his right to take it.She stirred up his mind to evil. When he didn’t do what she expected, forgery was her answer. She forged the King’s name and had Nathan killed and stole his vineyard. Nothing was beyond her reach.
She used the other’s to do her dirty work, and she would continue on her rampage, with the control, pulling all the strings of her puppets, as she took what she desired from others. Yet, she had control, but she absolutely hated any form of authority. You see this spirit at work in 1 Kings, and again in the book of Revelation, inside the church of Thyatira. (Rev. 2) Yes, that’s right, the Lord is speaking to her alive and well, inside the church. So don’t be fooled, by all that churchy stuff. This is where that spirit loves to hide.Getting all caught up in the religious trappings. The outside looks good to a lot of people and this is the easiest way to hide the inside of evil.
As I was reminding a young boy that I was speaking to the other day, I grew up in the church. It was probably the greatest deterrent to faith for me as a young person. All my friends were pastor’s kids, and I practically lived in their homes. I never saw more broken lives. I never heard anything about being born again or regenerated, because none of these people knew what this meant. If they did, they would have been living it. I’m not condemning anyone, but it is to say, it’s not something, one can teach from a pulpit. It is a personal experience.
It was the reason Nicodemus went to visit Jesus in private. We all need our private visit. One on one, with the Lord. The question which he asked. So simple, yet so profound, “How can I enter the kingdom of God.” Here a man, who was a teacher of the law. He had all scriptures memorized. And yet had no idea, how to enter in.
Most of the people I knew went to seminaries, as a career choice, not because they felt called by God. I mean, ‘the Great Commission,’ didn’t require a degree.
Now the Lord told us, that rebellion is as witchcraft. This is why it was His order from the beginning, in his conversation with Adam and Eve, to have an order. So we can see that anyone who refuses to submit to authority, is in rebellion.We can also see that the exertion of our own will over the will of God, is the beginning of rebellion and the five, “I will’s, is the reason, Satan, was cast out of his comfortable domain. Read, if you like, in the book of Isaiah. It’s this pride of our will, which is the rebellion that God is referring to and the reason, He wants us to learn how to submit to authority in our lives. If not, we become a person who uses control as their power source. They operate under the power of witchcraft.
But when you see this authority in place, the family unit, and everything else, falls into place. It works, the way God intended it to work, because it is in its proper order and the power source is under authority. When it is out of place it does not. It is the reason that God thought it important enough to make it a commandment.
It began in the Garden of Eden. The very beginning of time. It was important enough that God gave only one commandment with a blessing attached to it. “Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother, and it shall go well with thee and thou shall live long upon the earth.
Yes, that’s right. It’s the only one with a blessing attached. Check it out. Which means, most likely the opposite if it is broken. And it isn’t conditional.
We submit to authority because there is an order to things in this universe. Now, the Lord even left us with these last words, “All authority has been given to me on heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:18
The Lord left us with an important message. That He has all authority. And that we are under His authority. He told us that all this authority He gave to us, his disciples. There is no power greater than this.
Now there is a story in scripture which speaks of a man who understood this spiritual authority. The Centurion. He heard Jesus was coming to his town, and his father was ill. He told Jesus that, He knew He was too great to come to his home. He said, that, “He himself was a man who commanded people, and understood what it meant to be under authority, so he knew that all Jesus had to do was speak a word, and his father would be healed. Jesus was so amazed at this man’s great understanding of this authority and he told him to go, that his father was healed.
When conversing with this boy the other day, we brought up someones name. “Yes, but he doesn’t believe in God,” he said. “Oh, I disagree,” I said. I think he’s much closer to the truth, than most people think he is. In fact, he’s much closer than a lot of people who sit in church. He certainly understands spiritual authority. ” And I shared this story with him. Certainly the centurion, wasn’t in the church. Nor did he follow Jesus. Yet, he was full of faith, to the point that even Jesus was amazed at his understanding of authority.
Now, when we see how this works, and we submit to the authority which has been placed in our lives, then we also have authority. Everything falls into proper order.
So the two powers are one, which is a power of darkness, which is manipulative, controlling and exploits others. And the other one which is a power of light, with authority seek, justice, mixed with mercy and love and we know that the light, always overpowers the darkness.