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Authority of the Believer - Part 2

We began this series with Matthew 8:5-10 and 13. We discussed how the Roman centurion came to Jesus pleading with Him about his servant who was at home paralyzed, and dreadfully tormented. Jesus told him that He would come and heal him, but the centurion informed Jesus that all He had to do was speak a word, and his servant would be healed. The centurion told Jesus that he knew how authority works, and Jesus marveled at this. Imagine, how this Gentile Roman centurion must have moved Jesus with his faith, and how Jesus told him in verse 13 to go his way, and as he had believed, let it be done for him. Mark 11:22-24 (TPT) says 'Jesus replied, Let the faith of God be in you! Listen to the truth I speak to you: if someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt, Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea, and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done. This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer - be convinced that you have received it and it will be yours.' Mark 9:23 'Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.' The Roman centurion believed what Jesus taught because he understood authority and how it works. What is authority? It is delegated power, and we have been given authority through Jesus Christ. We are ambassadors for Christ, and ambassadors are authorized messengers or representatives sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative, and is a diplomatic official of the highest rank. We must realize who we are in Christ before we can understand what we have in Christ. You must know that the enemy has already been defeated by the Lord Jesus Christ, and we fight from a stance of victory; not for victory. The victory has already been won. We fight to occupy. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says 'But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.' Praise God we are triumphant! We should give thanks unto God the Father who always leads us in triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14)! Notice it says who always leads us in triumph! Glory to God! Thank you Jesus for giving us the authority over the works of the enemy!

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