My last few posts had to do with the subject of authority. The take home message from those articles is that each of us has been granted authority from God in a number of different areas. Metaphorically, these areas can be thought of as mountains. While it’s helpful to know what specific subjects Jesus has given us authority over, it’s also good to know the areas He has not given us authority over and what the consequences are when we get involved in things outside our scope of authority.
A few years ago I had a dream where Jesus came to the church to check the credentials of people who were teaching others about God. Those who were teaching without being authorized by Him were in a bit of trouble. The primary issue He was concerned with was authorization. A secondary issue was the content that people were teaching. Many false ideas about God were being taught by people who weren’t authorized by Him. Along with the Lord’s authorization of someone to speak on a subject, came the content of their message. The fact that they needed to be authorized to speak on certain subjects came as a surprise to most people, even though Jesus warned us about this.
Social networks have created a global platform where anyone who wants to share their opinions about God can find an audience. You don’t have to look very far to see people publicly preaching their ideas about what or who God loves and hates. We’re bombarded with theological opinions everywhere we go, and apparently, Jesus is listening to what we’re saying.
Over the last few years, I’ve learned that Jesus is very interested in the things I say. What I’m authorized to speak on as a representative of my King is pretty limited. I’m authorized to speak on healing, deliverance, prophetic ministry, dreams, and a few other things, but the list is fairly small. I have opinions about things like tithing, the rapture, abortions, etc. I think I know what the bible says about them and I could offer my views if I wanted to, but God hasn’t authorized me to speak on them. He hasn’t given me specific revelation on them. Since I know that His authorization on a subject carries with it His revelation, the things He shares with me I’m willing to share with others, but the things He’s silent on, I try to remain silent on. I don’t want to step outside the realm of authority He has authorized. One of the sticky points of being granted authority is that in addition to giving us freedom to speak on certain issues, it restrains us from speaking on other issues. Jesus modeled this restraint by only saying what the Father authorized Him to say and doing what the Father authorized Him to do.
Due to our unique personalities, gifts, talents and life experiences, God authorizes each of us differently. Those who have been authorized to speak on a subject are given God’s heart on that subject, the right life experiences and the right message. God also provides an audience with ears to hear the message. Having God’s authorization to speak on a subject creates a favorable environment. Those who speak on subjects He has authorized tend to bear good fruit. Those who speak without His authorization bear the fruit of the flesh. Their messages tend to create discord, division, and enmity. Since God is not the author of confusion, if there is confusion surrounding a message there’s a good chance that someone who is not authorized is doing the talking.
I’m often asked questions about things which God has given me no authority to speak on. An example is generation sins and curses. While I know people who have personal revelation from God on these subjects, I can’t think of a single thing God has revealed to me about them. So when people ask me I simply tell them, “I have no revelation on that,” and point them to people who have received revelation on it. There’s no shame in admitting to your ignorance on a subject. If you give people counsel that isn’t from God, you’re probably going to lead them astray. I think it’s wiser to say nothing on subjects we’re not authorized to speak on.
My suggestion (if you’re looking for one) is pretty simple: Check with Jesus and ask Him what you are and aren’t authorized to speak on and make a list. Once you have clear direction from Him, ask Him to reveal His heart on those issues and confine your conversations to those which He has authorized you to speak on. Then watch how He moves through you.
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