A MAN ON A JOURNEY
Updated: Aug 4
Until the days of Jesus Solomon was considered to be the wisest man who ever lived. In Proverbs 29:2 he tells us; “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” We can look into history or even at the governments of today and see this is true. When a righteous person is in authority, the people of that city or nation rejoice because there is peace and joy within. When a wicked person is in authority the people groan. However, let us make this a little more personal. When the Righteous One, Jesus who is our righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30), is in authority in our lives there is joy and peace, but when the wicked one (the Devil or our carnal nature) is in authority or control in our lives, or our affairs of life we mourn. Every waking moment of our lives we have the responsibility to determine which one is in authority in our personal life. The Gospels state that Jesus taught the people with authority and not as the religious leaders of the day. This is because His words were many times backed up by bringing healing or deliverance to someone, (see Luke 4:36). When He is in control in our lives there is rejoicing. This rejoicing is due to more than our being saved or seeing our loved ones saved and going to heaven. There is much more to life in the Kingdom than being patient until we go to heaven. There is also healing, deliverance, the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit that become activated in our lives. The power and authority of God becomes present and activated in us individually as we allow the Righteous One to rule in our spirit. This is not just for the “favored” or specially anointed ones it is for all the body of Christ.
WHEN DOES THIS HAPPEN?
One day as Jesus and his disciples are leaving the temple they remarked about the buildings of the temple area. Jesus told them the day would come when not one stone would be left upon another. Then as they sat on the Mount of Olives Peter, James, John, and Andrew began to ask Jesus privately about the end times, (Mark 13:3). Jesus began teaching them to be careful and gave many of the signs that would occur during the end times. He also warned them to watch and pray because they did not know when the time would be, neither did He, only the Father knew. As He spoke to them He began to tell them about His going to the Father. Some look at this as a parable, but it is really an expression of what was about to take place. In Mark 13:34 it says, “It is as a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.” (NKJ)
Jesus is the man that was about to go to a “far country.” He was about to leave the disciples and return to the Father. Yet, before He left He would give authority to His servants and to each one the work they were to do in the Kingdom of God. Jesus went on to remind them again to watch and pray implying that they needed to be diligent with the work He had given them. This work was to build up the Kingdom of God. How were they to do this? Each one had gifts given from the Holy Spirit that would help them to accomplish the goal that Jesus had given them. We look at these gifts as the gifts of the Holy Spirit or possibly even the natural gifting God has given to each of us. Some are able to teach or preach while others are compassionate and pray or counsel with others. Some individuals are very evangelistic while others are administrative, helpers, givers etc. Each one has their natural personality or gifting that God has given them at birth and the additional gifts of the Holy Spirit that come up us as we are filled with the Spirit. (See First Cor. 12 and Romans 12). God has given us these gifts to use for the furtherance of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God. We are created by God for a specific purpose as a part of the Kingdom of God. Our personality is not a hindrance but a purposeful creation of God that will accomplish many great things in His Kingdom as we allow Him to sanctify and use it for His Kingdom. As an example consider impetuous Peter, who after being filled with the Spirit stands up and preaches on the Day of Pentecost and 3,000 are saved. God can and will use each of us as we dedicate our lives to Him.
Jesus said He was leaving, going to a far country or place. But He would give a job to each of His disciples before He left. Some would say that He was speaking only to the disciples and those He ordains today, not the masses. Yet, if you are saved then you’re one of His disciples. Therefore, He has a special work for you to do as well. We are not robots doing what we are programed to do. We are disciples of Jesus Christ with a work to do and the personality and gifts of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the goal set before us by our heavenly Father under His authority.
With these gifts was also the authority to use them. Jesus called His disciples before, sent them out and gave them power and authority over devils and to cure the sick. (Luke 9:1) Yet, He was telling His disciples that soon He would go to the Father and they would have power and authority over all that they would encounter. We know that after the day of Pentecost the disciples began to turn the world right side up. They began to tell others about Jesus and to bring healing and deliverance to the masses. When they were persecuted they rejoiced and prayed asking for more authority to see lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Notice that Jesus didn’t just give them a job, He also gave them the authority to do the job. This is the same with us. He has given each one responsibility with obligation the authority to fulfill it responsibly. It is only when we have the authority to fulfill a duty that we can truly do what we are asked to do. God is a great Father and He doesn’t give His children a responsibility without the authority to fulfil that obligation. This authority is not to be taken lightly nor is it to be used for our personal benefit, such as to exercise power over others. What is the purpose for these gifts and the accompanying power and authority?
AUTHORITY FOR OTHERS
Paul explains the purpose for the gifts and the authority we have received in 2 Cor. 10:8 where he says the authority the Lord gave him was for edification not destruction. We have gifts of God and with each gift we have authority to operate that gift for the purpose of edifying others not destroying or harming them. We are not to “lord it” over others but to build them up. This is true for those who are saved as well as those who are not presently saved. In Matthew 18:6 Jesus said it would be better for a person to have a millstone hanged around his neck and be cast into the sea than to offend those little ones that believe in Him. This is not referring only to small children but to anyone that believes in Him as they are growing to maturity, no matter what their physical age may be.
To further understand this let us look at 1 Peter 4:11. Peter says: “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” No matter what we do in and through the Kingdom authority it is to build up others and bring glory to God. We cannot glorify God while we are hurting, cursing, blaming, exercising authority over others for our personal gain, or even withholding our gifts to help others. God gives us the gifts and the authority to build others up in Him.
AUTHORITY TO BLESS
Besides using the gifts to encourage and edify others the Bible also helps us to understand that we can bless others in such a way as to multiply that blessing to perhaps millions. In Numbers 27:18 the Lord told Moses to lay his hand upon Joshua. When he did there was an impartation that magnified the presence of God in him for the purpose of leading the people of Israel into the promised land. Deuteronomy 31:7 tells us that when Moses did this he told Joshua he would be used of God to cause the people of God to inherit the land. This blessing increased the anointing and the presence of God upon Joshua to enable him to accomplish all that God desired. As God anoints us for a purpose that anointing is increased as we bind together in the Spirit and call forth the true destiny of God in a person’s life. This is not calling forth things that are not a person’s calling but following the direction of the Lord to call forth that which is of God and seeing it be multiplied to accomplish more than we thought possible. Jesus had said he would give the disciples a job to do and the authority to do it. That authority is multiplied as we pray for others and impart more of the Spirit of God upon them by the direction of the Holy Spirit. What this really indicates is the relationship between Moses and Joshua was as a father and son. It is the same as with Elijah and Elisha. As Elisha asked Elijah for and received the double portion which was his as a “first born” so it is with Moses and Joshua. Joshua and Elisha both did great things in the Kingdom of God because of the blessing which came upon them. That blessing was the impartation of a greater anointing from the one they had followed faithfully.
The disciples had followed Jesus faithfully and He declared that they would do greater works than He had done. They did many mighty things through the power of God. So much so that as Peter walked down the street the people would bring out the sick and the “shadow” of Peter would bring healing to them. That shadow of course was the effulgence of the Spirit of God flowing out of him. It was the “double anointing” that he and the other disciples received on the day of Pentecost. They had followed Jesus faithfully and Jesus had placed His Spirit and His anointing upon them. We can also begin to receive this anointing and fulfill our call and purpose in the Kingdom of God. This is only possible as we walk in the anointing God has originally given us and allow that anointing to increase as we walk in unity with others and receive the blessing of God from their life to ours. Some may call this a Divine Encounter and it is. It is an encounter of God through the presence of God within another that we are walking in unity with. It is the blessing of the anointing being doubled as the Body of Christ walks together fulfilling the Kingdom of God on earth. Jesus said to pray that the will of God would be done on earth as it is in heaven. That only happens as we walk in the call of God together with those who also have experienced an anointing to do the works of God.
Jesus said He would give each man his work to do and the door keeper was to watch over the matter. That door keeper is the Holy Spirit which comes upon us to enable us to do what God has called us to do. In Ephesians 1:1 Paul declares he is an apostle by the will of God. In the New Century Bible, it is translated as he is an apostle because that is what God wanted. Then in chapter two verse ten he says God has made us what we are. (NCV) We are who and what we are because God has created us as such. He has a specific purpose for us and as we walk together in the gifts and anointing He has given us that anointing becomes doubled and we accomplish more in the Kingdom of God than we thought possible. We begin to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God and that brings glory and honor to the Father and verifies that we are His disciples. John 15:8 says “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” We can bear fruit as we walk alone in the things of God. However, it isn’t that we are to only bear fruit but that we bear much fruit. That only happens as we walk in unity with others under the authority of the Holy Spirit, which indwells others. Someone once said the Holy Spirit comes within us for us, to change us, and upon us to bless others. As we walk in unity with those God has placed in authority over us our anointing is increased and we begin to be used by the Holy Spirit to bless others.
There was a specific period of time when we were going through a very difficult trial and I was fighting depression because of it. We had received an invitation to go out in ministry and I was so depressed I was asking God why since I didn’t feel I had anything to give. As I was praying about this I was also reading my Bible and I came to a passage that seemed to light up off the page for me. In John 15:16 it says: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” God was speaking this very plainly to me to go and bring forth fruit for the Kingdom, fruit that would remain. This is what God is saying to each of us today. He has given us a work, a job to do and the authority to do that work. He has called us individually and corporately to fulfill the task at hand and to bring fruit for His Kingdom. Then in verse 20 He said that “if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” This really intrigued me. I realized that the only way anyone would keep the word that I spoke would be if it was the Word of God. But that word would only come forth if I began to rise up and speak what He put on my heart. That is what God is saying to each of us today as well. As we walk in unity with each other and speak or do what God has called us to we will bear much fruit and that fruit will remain. Meaning it will mature and develop to produce other fruit. Hebrews 2:1-4 teaches us that we need to pay special attention to what we have heard and not neglect those things we have received. God confirmed them through signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is implying that God will confirm what we do as we walk in the anointing God has given to each of us. Then in 1 Cor. 4:19-20 Paul says that the Kingdom of God is not in words of those who are puffed up but in power. God is moving in power today as never before as the people of God rise up in the gifts and authority He has given. It happened in the early church and at various times throughout history and it is happening today. Acts 4:32-34 is often quoted to remind people the manner in which the early church lived in unity. The part that we need to be reminded of however is in verse 33 where it says “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” They had great power and great grace as they lived and walked in unity with each other because the Lord was in control of their lives.
Jesus told the disciples He was going to a far place but would give them authority to do a job and the doorkeeper, the Holy Spirit to watch over them enabling them to do the work He gave them. It is the same for us today. He has given us a job, the authority required to do that job and the Holy Spirit to change us and work through us as we establish the Kingdom of God on earth. Let us allow the Righteous One within to rise up in the anointing and authority of God to fulfill all that He is asking of us today.
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