Disciples know their authority

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Knowing authority is a highly important virtue for a genuine disciple of Christ because it will define how successful your walk with God will be. In the book of Matthew, Jesus called the 12 disciples and empowered them to have authority over unclean spirits and diseases, and the disciples then continued the work of Jesus’s ministry. Below I look at the three things that happen to a disciple who knows and understand spiritual authority.
Disciples know the calling of Jesus – Responding to the call of God is the first step of walking and knowing what the authority God is in your life and without response, you cannot receive. Disciples never question God, His Will, His way because all they want to do is please Him through Faith and build the Kingdom. Those who do not know their calling are those who are happy to piggy pack off from other believers hard work. God isn’t in the copy cat business, but the devil is, so take the time to understand what God desires from you as a disciple and take what He has to say seriously. He gives, and He takes away, and your enteral rewards are at stake.
Disciples know what authority means Disciples know their authority – When Jesus gives authority, it is for a purpose. Today so many who receive this unique authority from Jesus underestimate their capability and never use what has been given, and this can have devastating effects on many peoples lives. Authority for a disciple means to operate in the spiritual realm and cause breakthrough on earth. Behind every blessing is a demonic force trying to kill, steal and destroy and the natural believer won’t even notice something being taken. Knowing authority means to take back what the devil has stolen or prevent what the devil is trying to steal. Open your blind eyes, heal the sick and take authority over principalities and powers.
Disciples execute what Jesus gives – Jesus wanted His creation to be doers of the word and not just hearers. Many Christians struggle with hearing God’s Word and this has brought a unique imbalance in God’s kingdom which He predicted. He said that the workers are few but the harvest is great, and the said many are called, but few are chosen. Disciples are busy executing what God has commanded them to do, and that is what sets them apart as leaders compared to the believers who are busy sitting in their pews in the church. There is so much work to be done and the time is to be sent out into the field and the challenge is on you to perform signs, wonders and miracles in your life and the life of those that surround your atmosphere.
Preachers are too busy mocking the apostles and disciples for the mistakes they made, but they choose to ignore the level of authority that was being operated in. You wonder why signs, wonders and miracles are on the decrease?

Disciples do the will of the Father

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God’s will is much spoken about as it should be and plenty of us including those who feature in God’s Word have managed to make a mess of it at some point in time. Disobedience seems to be the root of not allowing God to fulfil His will or purpose in our lives, but we are incredibly thankful to God for His grace and mercy because as we regularly divert from His route, He has already found a way back to His plan and purpose. Many never get back to the road because they find the path too difficult or they struggle with obedience, then there are others who God carves a new course out for which is an amazing example of God’s tender love for His creation. So why do so many live unfulfilled lives?

The simple answer is that believers tend to see God as a genie or a grandfather in the sky. That’s why the atheists are busy laughing and calling God a fairy but if we were busy seeing God for who He is (No man has ever seen Him) then there is a chance that we will see the genuine fulfilment of His will on earth. Below I look at what believers do:

Expect monthly handouts – Like the UN World Food Programme
Expecting instant miracles – Like Maggi Noodles
Expecting blessings to land on their laps – Like babies needing their daily feed

God can do any of the above but they are extremely rare, and they aren’t ever part of a daily lifestyle that we should be living in Christ because I never saw the disciples live like it. Below I look at what disciples do:

They hear God – Relationship
They are obedient to God – Purpose and Desire
They are guided by His Word – He becomes a light to our feet
They overcome expected challenges on the road marked out – Understand spiritual warfare

This is how you can do the will of the Father, and if you want that tight, family-like relationship with God, then you must live like this all the time. Jesus told us in His Word that whoever does the will of The Father is a family member to Him. Your path isn’t meant to be easy, and there rarely is a free ride but if you want to expect then expect the impossible God’s way. God won’t move outside His Word so if you’re expectation isn’t found in His Word then you will never be able to see His will let alone fulfil it.

The blind lead the blind, and it is now time to open your eyes.

Striking the Shepherd

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Jesus was quoting the Old Testament when speaking to the disciples about the “shepherd being struck” so the sheep would scatter and He referred the scripture (Matthew/Zachariah) to himself and the believers. I have read many articles and heard many sermons using this scripture out of context to suit agendas, and it’s time to put the record straight.

Church leaders believe that it is an enemy attack that causes sheep to scatter from their pews, but it is God himself who does it. The scripture in context is God himself striking The Shepherd (Jesus), and His disciples who were told they would fall are the ones who scattered. If God is striking the shepherd, there is a good cause for it because He wants to test the hearts and minds of disciples, as His ways are much higher than our ways. The devil gets too much credit for leaders falling and that removes leaders from responsibility hence issues always tend to repeat themselves.

So why do the sheep scatter?

Weak in relationship with Christ – People look for an emotional buzz; they move from church to church
Attitude of a follower rather than Disciple – People need to be spoon fed everything
The Shepherd can no longer provide protection – Either the pastor behaves fleshy, or His assignment has changed in your life

It’s time for the Church and its leaders to step up and realise the devil isn’t the root problem, but it is the flesh that is weak. Jesus said to the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane that the spirit is ready (to the disciples), but the flesh is weak indicating that anointing won’t stop leaders from falling, but a lack of authority and the exercising of it, is the real issue here. If you do not use your authority the devil will use your flesh.

There are many circumstances beyond our control, especially when it is demonic but the root and fruits are very different, and that is the key thing to remember. Demonic activity is divine discipline, and if you are being struck then the question is, “what discipline are you encountering?” Let’s humble ourselves and look deep within; it is easy to blame others and the enemy, but it’s high time to look within.

A people of compromise are people that God will scatter.

Disciples understand God’s will

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To you (disciples) are the mysteries of the kingdom to given according to Jesus in His Word, and this means to understand God’s purpose and vision on earth. God’s will is such an exciting and vast subject but understanding it doesn’t take much brainpower but instead it takes, courage, listening and obedience. Followers tend to apply their own understanding to the Kingdom of God alongside providing counsel to God on how He should execute His grand plans. This leads to a life of dissatisfaction and missing God’s will in your life. Disciples may miss a few things down to learning and human error, but they always get opportunities again because they receive the mysteries of God’s Kingdom. Below I look at what happens to followers when it comes to God’s will.

You Know – Realisation, revelation happens after the event. Hindsight is the greatest prophet but finding out God’s will after the season expires is an awful experience to go through. Many Christians suffer and question God when this happens because they are in pursuit of His goodness but understanding that His goodness is found in mysteries which makes the walk extremely challenging but not impossible. Walking with Christ moment by moment will help change the way you see God and His will. Try not to counsel God in your relationship with Him because you will hit a brick wall.

You Want – The old season benefits cannot be taken into a new season, and that is something many of you will struggle with. What God promised for yesterday won’t always be available for today and tomorrow, and that can have deadly consequences on peoples lives. God’s grace can be found in Him raising up new things, but the desire for the old must die. You may want to make it right, but sometimes it’s too late and as long as repentance is involved God can still work with you. Do not counsel God in this area or you will miss the new thing He has for you.

You Cant Have – Understand that when God has made His mind up, there is no chance for you to change it. Sometimes you need to accept you can’t have what was promised because of disobedience, lack of respect and lack of understanding. Stop fighting with yourself and God because you will break yourself down in many ways and before you realise it, you will miss the grace of the next season. Bitterness, jealousy and wrath are three things which will be birthed within you if you do not deal with what has happened in your life. The Kingdom of Heaven is righteousness, peace and joy in the HolyGhost.

Disciples make peace with their mistakes and press into God for more understanding so they can be available for the next opportunities while followers never try to understand God, instead groan about expired blessings.

Apostleship i – Personal lifestyle

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Christian lifestyle living is one of those things that require believers to demonstrate hard work in their faith and continual working out of personal salvation which means, looking deep into your heart, being honest with your issues and be willing to deal with them. This is exactly what God had asked of Paul when there was a personal struggle in His walk with Jesus and the same was for me. Walking in authority, boldness and performing miracles has always been something that came naturally to me since my conversion to Christ, but behind all that God has been doing a great work in my heart and lifestyle. No choice because pride comes before a fall.
If I were to name my greatest challenges regarding lifestyle, I would say they would fall under the HALT principle. I believe we should never get too hungry, angry, lonely and tired, with the latter two being real long term issues and that required me to take some action that would prevent me from falling into sin. While dealing with the heart was one area another has been living a certain way that would glorify God,  pleasing to Him and bring more holiness into my life and that did mean doing some strange things which friends and family struggled with initially. I would only eat certain foods (still true today), spend time fasting, keeping certain friendship circles, etc. While some of those decisions seemed strange, naturally they gave me firm foundations and promotion spiritually which enabled me to walk in a certain freedom in Christ. I am formed wonderfully, but keeping myself wonderful means obedience and sacrifice.
The path of leadership in Christianity is a narrow one, full of sacrifice and weakness and these are particular qualities needed to be successful. Ministry and career aren’t easy work, and it certainly isn’t meant to be glamorous therefore the indication in scripture is that hard work is the only way forward, and the beautiful thing about that is we don’t have to do it without Jesus. He has been the perfect example for us, and we can always go to Him in times of need. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
People will never understand your struggles, your sin, your sacrifices and it is important to note that they aren’t meant to. It is something private between you and Jesus which needs to be kept holy because eventually the world will see the reasons for it. Enjoy working on the inside of you and let God deal with the external issues.
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Peace!
Amit