10: Authority to Lead

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Martha's thorough and definitive series on one of the most pivotal spiritual issues, and one of the most misunderstood: Authority.

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The one who lusts to rule is ignorant of the ONE who has all rule.  Authority over others is a frightening responsibility if you know yourself.  And God.

But authority is how the One True Kingdom is structured.  God bestows it. Man cannot.  Selection and voting and committee choice do not authority make.  God will have the final say on who has power.  He tends His children by His own order and wise is the one who can see God’s mantle, God’s appointment resting on a person.

Amos was a simple shepherd, keeper of fig trees, called out to address the entire northern kingdom of Israel with God’s scathing message.  He was the first prophet to write his message.  God made it easy to discount him . . . who was he, after all?  Only an obscure herdsman but with God-given authority to pronounce judgment on a whole nation!

In the book of Judges . . .

Gideon was cowering inside a winepress, trying to hide his wheat from the Midianites when the Angel of the Lord called him “mighty man of valor.”  Gideon, chosen to lead the nation to war, whined his answer but at the same time demanded God’s help. And that is faith.

Then the Lord turned to him and said,
“Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel
from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
Judges 6:14 NKJV

Gideon at first could only measure his power by the facts of his self-knowledge.

“O, my Lord, how can I save Israel?
Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh and
I am the least in my father’s house.”

He had yet to learn that calling is authority and authority is power and authority resting on a person is all the identity he needs.  Gideon, a fearful man but mighty to obey, took up the gauntlet of leadership because GOD gave it!  And by the obedience of subtraction he won!

It isn’t whether you can. It’s whether you are chosen.  It isn’t whether you want to. It’s whether God wants YOU.  Where God gives the call, God bestows the authority, and when a person wears that God-given authority, others instinctively follow with trust.

A title awarded by humanity doesn’t necessarily mean Divine Authority.  God has His own titles and His own names and cares nothing for man’s.

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