Feeling Series 6 of 6:The truth about authority & identity in Christ, Jesus!

Feeling Series 6 of 6:The truth about authority & identity in Christ, Jesus!

Feelings Series 1 of 6: My Testimony As An Appeasement Pleaser
Feelings Series 2 of 6: How to rule over our feelings
Feelings Series 3 of 6: Weapons of Our Warfare
Feelings Series 4 of 6: Overcoming Fear
Feelings Series 5 of 6: How do we live a life of contentment?
Feelings Series 6 of 6: The truth about Identity & Authority
The reason we are speaking about identity & authority in the feelings series is because we really need to understand what identity & authority is in order to be able to rule over our feelings. If we don't know what Christ has called us to be in him, then how are we going to know how to rule over our thoughts and feelings? When a feeling/thought come, if we don't know that Christ has called us to be the light of the world, and a thought of negativity come, how are we going to know to reject that thought because it's not of God? If we don't know the authority that Christ has given us based upon our obedience to the word of God, how are we going to know how to use the authority over the enemy? When a feeling/thought come to get us to be in disobedient to the word of God, so that we have no authority, how are we going to identify it to rule over it?

Let's get started!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. -John 15:5-8

We should never hide our feelings, thoughts, and beliefs from God. He already knows all about them! Some believers think that speaking negativity about their life, and the life of others is the same thing as being honest with God about what they are feeling, and asking him for help to rule over those feelings so that they keep their liberty (freedom). Satan can and does put thoughts into our mind, but he cannot put feelings into our heart. When it gets to the point of feelings that means that we've accepted the thoughts either from our flesh or the enemy. Speaking to God about what's in our heart is okay, that is not considered speaking words against God's plan for our life. If we don't speak to him about it, then we will have a very hard time getting God's best for us. Our feelings that are not addressed with God, will eventually turn into actions and or bitterness.

If we sin and we know it, failing to repent from that sin is more of an identity crisis then not knowing who we are in Christ. I think somehow we've confused biblical identity & authority with something else (I don't know what lol). However, I do know that if we were to sin, and repent, Jesus's blood washes us clean and we are no worse off spiritually, then we were before we've sinned (Hebrews 8:11-12). This may not be true for the natural, as sin does often have natural consequences. Repenting of sin, doesn't mean one doesn't know their identity in Christ. Rather it means that we want to keep our freedom (Galatians 5:1). Sin brings guilt and condemnation, and to be freed from that guilt, and condemnation we must repent. While the devil steals, kills and destroy, sometimes we give more credit to the devil then we ought to. What I mean is the devil isn't always responsible for our thoughts, while he may have cheered us on, our flesh wanted it too. What I mean is if you're on social media watching naked or half dressed men and women, don't be surprised if you start thinking sexual immoral thoughts.

I do believe that it's possible for a Spirit-filled, born-again believer who is led by the Holy Spirit to be spiritually perfect on earth after walking with the Lord for some time, although I believe it's improbable. For the rest of us who sin (not live in sin), if this is applicable to you, stop pretending like the sin is not there. Without repentance, and submission to God's word you have no authority. I do not believe that a person who never repents from sin know their identity (John 15:1-17). BTW, repentance of sin is a heart decision, as sin is a heart decision.


"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." - James 4:7

A common misconception in the body of Christ is that all believers have authority to make disciples, when in reality only disciples have authority to make disciples. I challenge you to read the word of God and read the whole chapter in which Jesus speaks about giving authority, having authority, etc. Not just the one verse. Focus on who Jesus is speaking to (e.g. disciples or the crowd?).  What is the difference between a born-again believer who is a child of God, and a born-again believer who is a child of God, and is a disciple? Disciples follow God no matter the cost, we will explore this pretty soon but first let chat about authority.

Our authority as Christians is not in our ability to be able to cast a demon out of a person or tell a mountain to move or heal a blind person. Those actions are the result of our authority and faith in Jesus Christ. Our authority (the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience) is our submission to God, which allows us to rule over sin and demons (resist the devil). When we submit to God, there's not one demon who has authority over us. Let me say it in a different way, so that it can really register. The fact that a born-again believer is obedient to God, is their authority. When we are in obedience to God, then we're able to operate in the authority already given to us by God, in the name of Jesus Christ. Not being able to cast a demon out of someone is not an authority issue, it's a disobedience issue that hinders them from using authority. In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says " Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." It wasn't until Jesus Christ as man on earth (not God) was obedient to God the father in everything, including death and resurrection that he received authority in heaven and earth. In Luke 10:19 Jesus says "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." In order to understand Luke 10:19, we have to read verses 1-18, and 20. In verses Luke 10:1-18 Jesus gives his disciples specific instructions, their submission (obedience) to his word(s), gave them their authority that we read about in verse 19. Let's take a look at his VERY DETAILED instructions to his disciples.

#1. Being appointed by the Lord, comes after discipleship!

Verse 1: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
  • The Lord appointed these seventy two disciples based upon what's written in Luke 9:57-62, hence the words "after this." To review a teaching of Luke 9:57-62, take a look at the teaching post titled:  "Don't Give Up - The Cost of Discipleship." A quick snapshot of Luke 9:57-62 Jesus chose these disciples because these disciples chose Jesus over the comfort, world, and their family. Sometimes we want to be appointed before we've been discipled by the Lord (follow the Lord).

    #2. We have to communicate with God about the harvest, and workers. 
    Verse 2: He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field
    • Pray to God, how the word of God says to pray to God. Jesus is telling us how we are to pray for sinners. At the women's group I used to attend at my church, I was ask to prayer for my sister in Christ, son. I knew how to pray for him because he was not a born-again believer. I was faced with a decision to either be obedient to how the word tells us to pray for sinners, or go with the crowd and risk getting attacked spiritual because of choosing to please man over being obedient to the word. I chose to be obedient to the word and I said Lord, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, please send a Kingdom worker to xyz son to witness to him about Jesus Christ, to let him know that Jesus loves him and is able to renew his life. Guess what? The following Sunday he attended church with his mother. For further clarity read the following teaching: Prayer for saints vs Prayer for sinners.

    #3. Always make sure that we are being led by the Holy Spirit.  The disciples was not Spirit filled yet!
    Verses 3-6: Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5. “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6. If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.
    • Quick snapshot: The difference between lambs and wolves are that lambs (sheep) are not territorial and they are prey. Wolves are territorial and they are hunters.
    • Lamb behavior (a baby sheep): Sheep are flock animals and strongly gregarious (fond of company; sociable); much sheep behavior can be understood on the basis of these tendencies. The dominance hierarchy of sheep and their natural inclination to follow a leader to new pastures were the pivotal factors in sheep being one of the first domesticated livestock species. Sheep do not defend territories although they do form home ranges.All sheep have a tendency to congregate close to other members of a flock, although this behavior varies with breed, and sheep can become stressed when separated from their flock members. During flocking, sheep have a strong tendency to follow, and a leader may simply be the first individual to move. Relationships in flocks tend to be closest among related sheep: in mixed-breed flocks, subgroups of the same breed tend to form, and a ewe and her direct descendants often move as a unit within large flocks. Sheep can become hefted to one particular local pasture (heft) so they do not roam freely in unfenced landscapes. Lambs learn the heft from ewes and if whole flocks are culled it must be retaught to the replacement animals. Flock behaviour in sheep is generally only exhibited in groups of four or more sheep; fewer sheep may not react as expected when alone or with few other sheep. Being a prey species, the primary defense mechanism of sheep is to flee from danger when their flight zone is entered. Cornered sheep may charge and butt, or threaten by hoof stamping and adopting an aggressive posture. This is particularly true for ewes with newborn lambs. In regions where sheep have no natural predators, none of the native breeds of sheep exhibit a strong flocking behavior.
    • Wolves behavior: The wolf is a social animal. Wolves are territorial and generally establish territories far larger than they require to survive assuring a steady supply of prey. Territory size depends largely on the amount of prey available and the age of the pack's pups. They tend to increase in size in areas with low prey populations, or when the pups reach the age of six months when they have the same nutritional needs as adults.Wolf packs travel constantly in search of prey, covering roughly nine percent of their territory per day, on average 25 km/d (16 mi/d). The core of their territory is on average 35 km2 (14 sq mi) where they spend 50% of their time.Prey density tends to be much higher on the territory's periphery. Except out of desperation, wolves tend to avoid hunting on the fringes of their range to avoid fatal confrontations with neighboring packs. The smallest territory on record was held by a pack of six wolves in northeastern Minnesota, which occupied an estimated 33 km2 (13 sq mi), while the largest was held by an Alaskan pack of ten wolves encompassing 6,272 km2 (2,422 sq mi). Wolf packs are typically settled, and usually only leave their accustomed ranges during severe food shortages.

    #4. It's not about us, it's about the Kingdom of God.
    Verses 7,8: Stay there, eating and drinking WHATEVER they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house8. “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you

    This is why Jesus had to make sure they were willing to give up their comfort priority, worldly priority, and family priority before sending them out, because he knew what it would cost them. It would cost them to discomfort, persecution, courage to walk away from their family, friends, previously believed mindsets about what's wrong and right, a religious mindset, to walk away from their prejudice, and racism.

    The Jewish people knew that pigs were unclean, and that under the Law of Moses one would be defiled if they ate pig. If the disciples couldn't get over their racism, sexism, and religious mindset, how would they disciple? We want God to promote us and use us mightly. If God were to send you to racist, would you do what he tells you to do? If he were to send you to a people-group that you discriminate against, would you be able to love them at the sake of being uncomfortable? Proof text: Leviticus 11:1-47 Pigs are unclean, Isaiah 66:15 Pigs are unclean, Matthew 7:6 Don't case your pearls to pigs, Acts 10:9-16 Peter's vision

    Matthew 8:28-34 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

    #5. Evangelism at its finest (obedience, preaching, and healing)
    Verse 9: Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
    • What do we do? Heal the sick and tell them about the Kingdom of God
    • Where do we do what we do? Where we are, we heal those who are there! The referenced word there means that we go were we are sent, not go where we want to.
    • What do we say? Tell them that the Kingdom of God has come upon you. After Jesus's resurrection, we tell them that the Kingdom of God is available to live in. Proof text: Acts 1:3

    #6. Don't take persecution and rejection to heart, they are not rejecting you, but Jesus Christ.
    Verses 10-16: But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11.‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12. I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.13. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.16. “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

    #7. Character is more important than service in ministry/body of Christ.
    Verses 17-20: The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18. He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

    Matthew 11:1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.

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