Understanding Authority


Do you tend to push back from the idea of authority? Seeing God as a good and trustworthy Father can change your point of view.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 NLT

There is a secret place under the shadow of the Almighty where there is liberty, provision, and protection. It is accessed by obedience to His authority. Yet too many believers do not enjoy this hidden place. Instead, they seek freedom and security outside of it, in a realm where the very opposite exists. They are tricked into believing that true and lasting freedom can be found away from divine authority.

Adam and Eve enjoyed freedom and protection under God’s cover in the Garden of Eden. However, the moment they disobeyed God, they found themselves in great need of the very thing they had voluntarily slipped out from under: theirs was the need “to cover themselves” (Genesis 3:7 NLT). Their disobedience to God’s authority robbed mankind of the sweet freedom and protection they’d once known.

Let’s face it. Authority is not a popular word. Yet by rejecting or fearing it, we lose sight of the great protection and benefits authority provides. We shudder because we don’t see it from God’s perspective.

Remember this: your heavenly Father’s ways are perfect. When we follow the leading of God’s Spirit, even what may look presently detrimental or hurtful will actually be His positioning for protection, blessing, or another’s salvation. Never forget, His love for us is pure, complete, and everlasting!

Do you tend to push back from the idea of authority? How does seeing God as a good and trustworthy Father change your point of view? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His perspective on authority. He will give you wisdom, understanding, and the grace to walk out His truth in your own life.

Adapted from Under Cover: The Promise of Protection Under His Authority (Thomas Nelson, 2001)
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