Are You Frozen or Chosen?
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”1 Peter 2:9
“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.””Matthew 9:6
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”Matthew 28:18
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”John 14:12
Authority-1. Ugh definition- The power to give orders and make decisions the power or right to direct or control someone or something.
2. Ahh definition- The common quality of someone who knows a lot about something, who’s respected or obeyed by other people.
It can be assumed
It can be earned
It can be delegated
It can be received
It can be rejected
It can be revoked
God calls everyone not just special people.
“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.” Genesis 41:41-42
“The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: “Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah that I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother. “ ‘On that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.””Haggai 2:20-23
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”Ephesians 1:13-14
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”2 Corinthians 1:21-22“
“As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off.” Jeremiah 22:24
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.”Revelation 2:4
How is the temperature of your life?
How are you serving in authority in ministry?
Only through the promise of the Holy Spirit are we gifted to serve
All called fully surrendered believers have authority, and the Lord has need of you
You didn’t choose him he chose you and appointed you to bear fruit, fruit that will last.