Power and Authority

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own town. Just then some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.”

At this, some of the scribes said among themselves, “He’s blaspheming!”

But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts? For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He told the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” And he got up and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were awestruck and gave glory to God who had given such authority to men.
(Matthew 9:1-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)

Power is the ability to do something. Authority is the right to do something. If you own a gun, but you are not authorized to use it, your power is limited. If you have access to the page in your bank’s system that can approve loans, but you don’t have the authority to click the OK button, your power is limited by your lack of authority.

As a member of the family of the King of Heaven and Earth, you have been authorized to make changes in some situations you find around you. You can cast demons out of people, heal the sick, raise the dead, teach truth, declare revelation that you have received, and more. Your King has ordained you to bear much fruit.

If you are shaky about what exactly you have been ordained to do, look into it with great fervency. Knock until you have had the answers opened to you. Look into the words and the Spirit of God until you have seen Truth that changes you. Ask Him what He wants of you.

Then go do it with unshakable authority.