Lecture 3 in the Spiritual Warfare SeminarBy John Edmiston
Spiritual Authority & Command Prayer
The Parable of Great King Humungous
Imagine an old-fashioned court ruled by Great King Humungous, during a time of great conflict.General Dashing comes forward and asks for ten-thousand troops, vast provisions, and 60 cannon for the Western FrontHe gets permission from the King Humungous.General Dashing takes the written order “in the King’s Name” to the Army HQ, to the grocery stores, and to the cannon manufacturer and receives whatever he asks for!In fact General Dashing can give orders based on his written instructions “in the King’s Name”
What We Can Get Authority For…
Fighting God’s battles for the sake of the gospel: healing, salvation, exorcism, counsel, miracles, loving others etc.For the provision we require to do God’s willFor bringing people and institutions into obedienceIt is not about our selfish temporal desires, but about God’s eternal will and purposes! You cannot go to the King and ask for booze to get high!Once we get the authority we can then ACT in that authority without having to go back to the King for everything (say for every pencil and shoe-lace for the troops)What we have we give you..in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk! (Acts 3)
It Is Written….
In the Wilderness Temptation (Matthew 4, Luke 4) Jesus just said “It is written…”The Scriptures (especially the New Testament) are the written authority of the King that we can use in prayer! (we sometimes have to be cautious about personal application of some OT passages in the Law or about national destiny)We can pray with written authority on matters of redemption and on matters that are clearly spoken about in Scripture and in direct inferences on the basis of biblical principles.
Requesting and Commanding
A) We request the King for all good and godly thingsB) We then give orders to His obedient subjects “in His Name”C) We cast out and tear down the resisters and the EnemyWe ask for the Holy Spirit and for the powers of Heaven (Lk11:11-13)We command mountains to move! (Matt 21:21-23, Mk 11:22-24)We say to the sick “Rise up and be healed! (Matthew 10)We cast out demonsWe tear down strongholdsWe use authority to enforce obedience (2Cor10:2-6)
Authority– (Gk. “exousia’)Positional authority, command authority, the legitimate right to exercise power, privilege, mastery, magisterial power, the power of a potentate.Christian authority is always ‘in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ - and is not our own authority to wield as we like. It must do God’s will.(Matthew 7:29, 8:8-13, Luke 9:1,2; 10:17-19, John 1:12, Acts 26:18, Ephesians 1:20,21; Revelation 2:26,27; 6:8, 9:3,4; 11:6)
Power- (Gk. ‘dunamis’)the ability to do something or to make something possible.Miraculous power, God’s power,A mighty work, ability, abundance, power, strength.
(Matthew 17:20, 19:26, Mark 9:23, Luke 1:37, Matthew 11:21, 14:1,2; 22:29, 24:29,30; 26:64; Mark 5:30, 9:1,39; Luke 1:7, 4:6,36; 6:19, Acts 1:8)
Energies(Gk. ‘energeia)energies that work in or through a person (sometimes used in combination w.dunamis)resurrection power,including divine or demonic energies , occult energy, spiritual gifts, influences, demonstrations of power,
(Ephesians 1:19,20; 2:2, 2 Thessalonians 2:7, 9; 1 Corinthians 12:6,11; 16:9, Mark 6:14, Galatians 2:8, 3:5; Ephesians 3:7, 4:16, Philippians 3:21, Colossians 1:29, 2:12, Hebrews 4:12)
Wecast outdemons(Matthew 10:1,8; Mark 3:14,15; 16:17; Luke 9:1,2, 10: 17,18)Wewrestle againstprincipalities and powers(Ephesians 6:10-18)We willjudgethe fallen angels(1 Corinthians 6:2,3)We willcrushSatan under our feet (Romans 16:20)This is done by the delegated authority we receive from God and by His power and assistance
Great authority can be given in an instant:Joseph, Daniel, Queen Esther etc.It is entirely the decision of the King as to who gets the position of authority. It is not earned.We are given the authority to become sons of God when we believe in His name(John 1:12, Ephesians 1:19-21, 2:6)The Holy Spirit delegates authority to carry out God’s work (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) -(Acts 20:28, Ephesians 4:11, 2 Timothy 1:11)Faithfulness leads to an increase in authority while careless unfaithfulness leads to a decrease in authority(Matthew 24:45-51, 25:14-30)
Power is given when the Holy Spirit “comes upon” someone to work through them: Numbers 11:25, 24:2, Judges 14:6,19; 2 Kings 2:9, Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, John 1:33)The Holy Spirit comes upon Christians via the baptism in the Holy Spirit:(Acts 1:8, 2:17,18; 10:44,45; 11:15, 19:6)The Holy Spiritwithin us produces wisdom, regeneration and sanctification (e.g. Galatians 5:22,23)The Holy Spiritupon usgives us power in ministry.
“Energeia” power is unleashed by faith – by believing in His name(Galatians 3:5, Ephesians 1:18,19)It is a gift that is given as the Holy Spirit wills. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11,27-31)It is closely linked to doing miracles and moving mountains and having the ‘energy’ of God working through us in body-life ministry. (Philippians 4:13, Ephesians 3:7, 4:16)It also works through us via self-purification and humility (getting out of the way) Philippians 3:7-14The Earthen Vessel(2 Corinthians 4:7-18, 2 Timothy 2:20,21)
“For the building up of the church in love…” (Ephesians 4:11-16)For mutual benefit (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)For edification and building up (1 Corinthians 14:26, 2 Corinthians 10:8,12:19, 13:10, Jude 1:20))It is not for ‘solo’ purposes but for the greater goodMust be exercised in love(1 Corinthians 13:1-3)And in the will of God (Matthew 7:21-23)
In Practice - 1
Authority-Command Prayer,giving orders, ‘say to this mountain…’ ,Casting out demons ‘with a wordRebuking sicknessCalling wholeness into beingopening up the boundaries of your faith, mustard-seed faith, believing God, and speaking it into beingFocus on the desired (will of God) picture of perfection(Matthew 17:20, 21:21, Mark 11:22-26, 1 Corinthians 13:2)
In Practice - 2
Power & EnergyAsk for the Holy Spirit to come ‘upon you’. Ask for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Laying on of hands.(Acts 8:18,19, Hebrews 6:2)Seek spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1,2)Spend time in worship.(1 Corinthians 12-14)Move as the Spirit leads you to move. (Acts 3 – healing of the lame man)Energies–Releasing Prayer,letting Christ in you do the ministry, trusting God to move through you as an earthen vessel.
In Practice 3
Mark 6:1-6 And He went out from there and came into His native-place. And His disciples followed Him(3) Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James andJosesand Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him. (4) But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, except in his native-place, and among his own kin, and in his own house. (5) And He could do no work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick ones, He healed them. (6) And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went around the villages, in a circuit, teaching.Jesus who had great power and authority wasUNABLEto do anymighty works (dunamin)in Nazareth because ‘of their unbelief’.Skepticism kills the ability of even the best healer or miracle worker