Doors of Glory 11: Authority

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“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Revelations 3: 7, 8 NKJV

Let’s talk about Jesus’ authority for a moment.

1.    Jesus was raised form the dead to sit at the right hand of the father, and all authority was given to Him.

And [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come. And He put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers].

Ephesians 1:19-23 AMP

WOOOW. That verse is really mind-blowing. I love to read it and meditate on Jesus’ majesty and supremacy.

2.    Jesus overcame the power of death

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. And He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last [absolute Deity, the Son of God], and the Ever-living One [living in and beyond all time and space]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead).                                                                                                                                                           Rev 1: 17, 18 AMP

Therefore, since [these His] children share in flesh and blood [the physical nature of mankind], He Himself in a similar manner also shared in the same [physical nature, but without sin], so that through [experiencing] death He might make powerless (ineffective, impotent) him who had the power of death—that is, the devil—and [that He] might free all those who through [the haunting] fear of death were held in slavery throughout their lives.

Hebrews 2: 14, 15 AMP

If we are in Christ we neither have to fear death nor him who had the power of death (the devil). We now not only have abundant life but also eternal life.

Are you an Eliakim?

‘Then it shall be in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;

I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt;

I will commit your responsibility into his hand.

He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah.

The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder;

So he shall open, and no one shall shut;

And he shall shut, and no one shall open.’

Isaiah 22: 20-22 NKJV

Quickly on the topic of servanthood before we talk about authority.

Apostle Paul starts the off the book of Romans with this sentence: “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.”  (Rom 1:1.) The apostles also referred to themselves as servants of God in the book of Acts. In fact, in the very same verse, Jesus is also referred to as the holy Servant of God:

Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”   

Acts 4: 29, 30 NKJV

Therefore, we too are servants of God and of Christ, in that we are slaves of the Gospel, we no longer do our own will but the will of the Father. God calls Eliakim His servant most likely because he was a righteous man who found favour in His eyes. To be a servant of God is an honour. When we are faithful servants of God, He bestows honour on us (robes, responsibility, keys which represent authority). Our goal is to be faithful to Him under grace, and He will reward His beloved ones. If Jesus was a holy Servant, obedient unto death, than how much more should we be obedient? In Rev 3:7, Jesus says to the church in Philadelphia, that He knows their works and it because of these works and their faithfulness, that He sets an open door before them that no one can shut. It is Jesus, who holds the keys to the House of David and the keys to Hades, it is He who opens up the doors of authority in our lives (imparts authority).

But just like the servant Eliakim, we too have been given authority; authority to baptise, to make disciples and authority over the enemy. We hold the keys to supernatural authority and with these keys we open up what the enemy cannot shut and we shut what the enemy cannot open. We have authority to bind and to loose. With these keys we can open up doorways in heavenly realms and walk through with majestic confidence.

Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 18-20

Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.

Luke 10: 19

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18: 18

So the answer to the question is yes. You are an Eliakim if you are a follower of Christ, an faithful servant of the King, a steward of His riches here on earth, a righteous and beloved Bride of the coming Groom. The verses above are talking about you. You can break any curse operating over your life, you can cast out demons, you can heal the sick, and you can set the captives free. You have the power, you have the authority. You can speak into the unseen realm and angels will be released in your favour, you can speak life into a situation, and you can call those things which are not, as if they were. You can ascend into the heavens and descend upon the earth as the spirit leads, these heavenly gateways are open for you. The Lord has set an open door for you that no one can shut, all you have to do is enter in.

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