There is a doctrine in the church, which essentially says, “God is sovereign; He can do anything He wants; He may choose to heal me, or He may not.” First, before anyone begins shouting “heresy,” let me state emphatically, God is Almighty; He is the self-existent, Creator of all things; He is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.All things were made by Him and for His glory.
That said, God will not violate His Word and when He gives authority away, He does not violate those boundaries.T.L. Osborne once said, “There are two prayers a person should never pray: Never ask God to do something He’s already done and never ask God to do something He has told you to do.
Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (NKJV).
Another erroneous doctrine in the church is the idea that God sometimes gives someone a sickness in an effort to teach them something. Either God is good or He’s not. Would you give your children a sickness to teach them something? Of course not!
The truth is, as believers, we have more authority on earth than many of us understand.It is true, as Matthew 28:18 says, “All authority has been given to me (Jesus) in Heaven and on earth” (NKJV – insert mine), but then in another passage, Jesus said, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19, NIV). It is the enemy who comes “to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10, NKJV), not God.
God’s plan is for us to go about our daily lives confronting the work of the devil where we find it, the way Jesus did: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy (or, who are sick), drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8, NIV – insert mine). Someone might say, “I’m not a pastor or a minister, I can’t heal anyone.”
It is true, Jesus was speaking to His apostles, but what is the job of an apostle, or a pastor or teacher? “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11-12, ESV).
My job as a pastor is not necessarily to be the only one to pray for someone – I can and should where necessary, but it is also your job to do it. There is internal authority; how the leadership of the church is structured, just as there is an internal structure of authority in a police department. There is also an external authority. In the eyes of a hurting person, who is simply hoping to meet someone with the answer, they’re concern isn’t whether that person is a minister or not. They are looking for you. The authority is yours! More next week.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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