Gaining Authority in Christ

eaglesoar.jpg But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:4-6Paul took time to reflect on past human failures and God’s present redemption. He insisted that God not only raised Jesus up and sat Him in heavenly places above all authority, but He did the same for all of us. We must identify with Christ in His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. We have been raised with Christ. No wonder Paul could lead with such boldness! He lived and led based on this paramount truth. What must we do to experience the same kind of authority in Christ?

Renew your perspective – We must see ourselves as He does and fix our minds on Him. We must base our life on this position rather than our experience.Release your past – We must let go of old patterns. We will never lead in an empowering way if we hold on to our old self, our old baggage, our old citizenship. We must die to the past.

Remember your purpose – We drift when we lose sight of why God left us on earth. Our goal is to participate in God’s redemptive plan for the world. If we embrace purpose, we gain power.

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