we take authority

What was supposed to be a sports physical with the doctor turned into a diagnosis of bronchitis along with a breathing treatment. Jordan was full of complaints by time the day ended. Now her foot that was injured during a camp activity was causing discomfort. And it didn’t stop there. She awakened me during the night with great concern over a new pain in her body.

What was going on with my daughter?

Jon and I talked the next morning and recalled the Roman centurion’s response to Jesus’ willingness to go home with him and heal his servant.

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have You come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it” (Matthew 8:8-9).

What’s the point, you ask? God establishes authority and works through its design. Jon and I, as Jordan’s parents, are granted authority by God to say what is permitted to come into her life. We are the protectors of every part of her being. We took authority today and commanded sickness and pain to leave in Jesus’ name, and it must obey. We are the God-given authority in her life.

Notice how this understanding of authority worked for the centurion and his servant. First of all, Jesus was amazed at the expression of faith from the man. Secondly, the Lord said, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.”

Did you get that? Jesus said Amen!

That is what happens when our faith agrees with God’s will. The Lord says, “So be it! Amen!”

Dear Friend, you are not an object of fate. You are one under authority and entrusted with authority. Use that authority to promote God’s goodness and mercy in the lives of those under your watch.


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