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How to wield spiritual authority

I’ve watched so many Christians crash and burn over the years. They start off well, but then start believing lies somewhere along the way. We recently had two key leaders get taken out this way. It’s discouraging. And it makes me want to ensure that our people understand how to use the spirit…
By Seth Barnes
I’ve watched so many Christians crash and burn over the years. They start off well, but then start believing lies somewhere along the way. We recently had two key leaders get taken out this way. It’s discouraging. And it makes me want to ensure that our people understand how to use the spiritual authority Jesus gave them.
 
Because we followers of Jesus are targeted by an enemy for destruction, we need to have some kind of weaponry to counterattack. David’s life is instructive. He starts out as a shepherd looking after the family business.
He has few responsibilities. All he has to do is keep himself and a
few sheep out of trouble. As a young man, he is learning to wield
authority in the first realm – the realm of the Self (for more on the four realms of spiritual authority – Self, Family, Tribe, Kingdom – see this blog post).

Saul
positions him to wield influence in the realm of Kingdom by fighting
Goliath, but Saul doesn’t give him authority there. In fact, David has
to go through a period (as described in 1 Samuel 16-31) where, because his
influence is greater than his authority, those in authority see him as
illegitimate. It’s a difficult phase where David is in perpetual danger.

Later,
David’s authority begins to grow when he has to fight for his
family at Ziklag, fight for his tribe in various battles, and later,
fight to unite the kingdom of Israel.
 
Ultimately, he succeeds, but
he continues to endure attacks at each level throughout his life.

Most
of us never do manage dominion at even the realm of Self or Family. We
feel insecure and struggle with identity. And as parents, we struggle to
protect our children from those issues, only to watch the pendulum
swing too far in the other direction because we’re overprotective.

Some
of us may launch out to try and save the world in one way or another,
only to find that we’ve come under attack at the level of the Family.
Yesterday, for example, I found out about a ministry guy who has
traveled so much that his life is out of balance. His lack of spiritual
authority in the realm of Family threatens his authority in the realm of
Kingdom. It makes me thankful for all the grace I received when I was younger and more ignorant concerning spiritual reality.
 
Who hasn’t been there? I suggest you get a mentor to help you see your blind spots and then in learning how to navigate in each realm. Yes, inevitably moving into a new realm will bring you pain. The fact is, the only thing more painful than moving to a new level is camping out in the one where you currently are.

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