“And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.”
The main characteristic that separated Jesus from the teachers of His day was the authority by which He conducted Himself. When He taught and preached the Scriptures, performed miracles, and prayed, He did so with authority. Everything that Jesus did was done with authority. Even those who watched Him said, “…for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.”
What is this authority that Jesus had? It means that He had a power that others did not have. He moved in the power of the Holy Ghost; whereas, other people moved in their own power. He moved with confidence because He knew from whence He came and to where He was trying to take people with their lives. He took action with command and was not afraid to tell people what to do. It was this type of authority that was the mark for which his ministry was known.
The believer will never make an impact with their Christian walk unless they move with the same authority by which Jesus’ ministry was marked. One of the reasons that so many ministries struggle is because they don’t move with authority, but they move in doubt. How does the believer acquire this type of command and authority?
First, know from Whom your authority comes. Your authority does not come from man, but from God. Jesus said that all power was given unto Him, and He is the One who commissioned you to go. My friend, you should serve God with authority, not because of who you are, but because of Who you serve.
Second, know what you are doing and where you are going. One reason so many people move in doubt is because they don’t know what they believe, what to do, or where they are taking people. When you get the confidence that what you are doing and where you are going is the best knowledge and destination to take people is when you will find the confidence to be decisive about leading others. When a person knows what they are doing, what they believe, and where they are taking people, they will not be indecisive in their decisions because they know what is the right thing to do. This authority all comes from knowing what you are doing and where you are going.
Third, walk with your authority regularly. In verse 35, Jesus spent time early in the mornings in prayer with the Father. You will find the answers you need when you walk with the LORD in the Scriptures and prayer. God’s Word gives you the authority you need, and walking with Him in prayer confirms that authority in your life. You will never serve God with authority if you don’t walk with Him daily.
Fourth, have the power from your authority. One of the greatest needs of the believer is to be empowered by the Holy Ghost. When you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you will not move in your own power or wisdom, but you will move in the power of the Holy Ghost. My friend, your greatest need is to be filled with the Holy Ghost. The authority you need to serve God comes from the power of being filled with the Holy Ghost. You will lack the authority needed to influence lives until you are filled with the Holy Ghost.