Summary: This sermon tells of the authority of the believer. This authority is ours whether we act on it or not. The authority is a possession of every child of God. We need to know our authority.
A key to personal success and development we would like to introduce is BELIEVER’S AUTHORITY.
Seven Promises for Abundant Living
1. Promise of Salvation (Romans 10:9-10)
2. Promise of Baptism with the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8)
3. Promise of Answered Prayer (I John 5:14-15)
4. Promise to honor Faith (Mark 11:22-24)
5. Promise of Divine Healing (2 Peter 2:24)
6. Promise of natural and material Prosperity (III John 2)
7. Promise of Authority in the Earth (Luke 10:17-20) – BELIEVER’S AUTHORITY
Authority of the Believer:
We are far above all principality, and power, and might, dominion and every name that is named not only in this world, but also in that which is to come (Eph. 1:21) and hath raised us up together (with Jesus) and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
This authority is ours whether we act on it or not.
Right hand – place of authority.
The authority is a possession of every child of God.
Ephesians 1:3 – hath – we already have; not going to have.
We need to know our authority.
We need to act upon it.
The devil does not want you to know your place. Satan is under our feet if we are born again believers.
You have this authority, but if you don’t know it, you cannot get act upon it. I till not do you any good.
You can have this authority, but if you don’t act upon it, then it will not do you any good.
Jesus gave us power over all demonic activity and nothing can hurt us.
Power – authority
Authority – delegated power
Eph. 6:10 – Finally (summing it up), be strong in the Lord.
The weakest person can be strong in His strength.
We don’t need to fight the devil, but we can exercise our authority as believers.
Your adversary (opponent enemy, one irate against you) the devil wants to devour you.
Resist – stand your ground; to stand.
God will not tell you to do something He has not given you the ability to do.
Jesus gave us this power to us. All of this is talking about the power of the enemy (serpents and scorpions).
Tread – walk on top of them
We can walk over all the power of the enemy.
You cannot tread (walk) over something unless you are above it.
I Understanding The Value and Importance of Character
Definition: Character – the unshakable track record of consistent righteous behavior.
A. Character is not Automatic with the New Birth – Rom. 10:9
1.New Birth was a spiritual transaction – John 3:7
2. Character is a product of a renewed mind – Roman. 12:1-2
The quality of character that we will possess is
Conceived in my thoughts,
Composed by my choices,
Confirmed by my words,
And construction daily by my actions!
3. The report card of my character is reflected on my Credit Report
It is a record of how I keep my word with others over a period of time!
B. The Value of Character is Crystal Clear in Scripture
A man of character is not a flawless man but a man committed to righteousness without compromise from the heart, slow to anger, quick to repent!
1. To Understand Character you must study its synonyms
a. Honorable – respectful reputation