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Authority Encounter: Embracing God's Mission for You

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May 3, 2013
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9780825306549
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For those following Jesus, the question of "what now" often enters the mind and heart. In Authority Encounter,pastor Chuck Davis provides clarifying answers and guidance. Davis presents the case that one key aspect of being a Christ follower is the notion of authority. Living in a world that is rooted in power, Christ followers are challenged daily by powers that seek to interrupt or trample their success in the journey through Christ. Davis believes that while followers receive empowerment from the Holy Spirit, this power is only fully operational as they function out of their God-given authority. As believers, everything they need is at their disposal. However, they must actively appropriate their authority, both in attitude and in action. In attitude means bringing all of their life into the experiential knowledge of this authority. They need to immerse themselves in what it means to be positioned in Christ. Davis provides biblical verses that will help readers understand their authority and deepen their understanding of the kingdom of God.

Pubblicato:
May 3, 2013
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9780825306549
Formato:
Libro

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Authority Encounter - Rev. Dr. Chuck Davis

AUTHORITY ENCOUNTER

EMBRACING GOD’S MISSION FOR YOU

CHUCK DAVIS

FOREWORD BY CHARLES KRAFT

Copyright @ 2013 by Chuck Davis

FIRST EDITION

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To

Ingrid, my best friend, wife, and

partner in spiritual warfare,

and

Linnea, Christian, and Jordan,

my three adult children who

valiantly walked with us into

challenging places for the sake

of the kingdom.

Your partnership has made it easy

for me to lead us under the

Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Chapter One: Authority Forfeited

Chapter Two: The Christ Event and Authority

Chapter Three: The Christ Follower and Authority

Chapter Four: Authority Applied

Chapter Five: Practical Guidelines

Chapter Six: So What? and Now What?

Postscript

Appendix 1: Identity in Christ

Appendix 2: The Kingdom of God

Appendix 3: The Lorica of St. Patrick

Bibliography

Scripture Index

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Foreword

Satan is scared to death that we’ll find out who we are and start behaving like we should. He can’t be happy about this book or the very few others that deal with our authority as Christ followers. Chuck Davis has approached his subject as both a student and a practitioner in discovering what a Christian’s authority is all about and, in a very readable style, both informed and challenged us to wake up to the privilege and responsibility that is ours to live and minister in Jesus’s authority. As he points out, this authority is not simply a spiritual gift that only a few are given but a part of the equipping Jesus gives to all believers. Thank you, Chuck, and with you, I bless all who read this book with the commitment to practice the authority Jesus has given them.

Charles Kraft

January 2013

Preface

Vehicles arrive at the crossroads anxious to continue through the intersection. A twenty-ton truck bounces down the hill in the direction of an intersection. A traffic officer standing in the middle of the converging vehicles raises his white-gloved hand: Stop. The truck skids to a halt. Why? The truck is clearly more powerful than the officer. In one word—authority! It is not the physical power of the officer that changes the circumstance. It is the authority of the badge that he wears and the government sovereignty that ensures the authority behind the badge.

Traffic officers are not common in all areas of the world, but in my town in the suburbs of metro New York, they still govern the main avenue. When I first moved to this town, I was unaware of how much invested authority they held, even for pedestrians. I once stepped into the crosswalk without the officer’s go-ahead and was met with a bellowing reprimand. I am since very cautious in my movements—the authority lines are now clear to me.

I also lived in a capital city in West Africa, where traffic officers were positioned on most major corners. I saw a similar scenario played out daily: a massive truck bearing down on the intersection. The police officer would enter the intersection with arms waving and whistles blowing but sometimes with a different outcome. The truck would barrel through without concern. Why? The truck driver was operating from the guiding principle that power was the final word because the authority behind the police officer was suspect. The government could not ensure the authority behind the badge.

I find that the natural and social world mimics or illustrates the spiritual world. Jesus clearly made the connection between natural and spiritual. His teaching is rather simple in its use of metaphor and social nuance, but it is deep in revealed spiritual principle. I have come to realize that one of the key aspects of the journey of being a Christ follower is this notion of authority. We live in a world that is rooted in power. We are daily challenged by powers that seek to interrupt or even trample our success in the journey. If we try to win by out-powering the opposition, we will always face an uncertain future and a lack of peaceful confidence such as that rooted in Christ; we win when we are more powerful but lose when we are less powerful. However, if we embrace the principle that God wants us to live out of His delegated authority—an authority recovered by Jesus and passed on to us—we will live with a greater sense of God’s security in the mysteries of life. This is the Authority of the Believer!

Introduction

A man battles his fleshly, natural tendencies. He feels caught in the roaring middle of Paul’s I do what I don’t want to do (Roman 7). He tries white-knuckling it, placing all of his strength into the battle against his desires but without success. Behavioral modification is not the answer. He tries counseling and accountability groups. These help but are not completely effective. He approaches his spiritual leaders for a fresh impartation of the Holy Spirit. This renews his resolve but does not lead to long-term change. Then he hears about his position in Christ and the resulting authority that he carries. When the urges come, he stands in authority and places the temptation squarely underneath his feet. He rejoices to find himself overcoming!

A woman feels a strong presence come over her while sleeping at night. It sits on her chest and chokes her. She cannot speak, even to get out one word: Jesus. It happens every time she makes a decision for renewed commitment to serve God or at transitional points in her life. Each time she feels paralyzed. She is afraid to share her experience with others because a naturalistic worldview has pushed her to bury spiritual realities under a more reasonable explanation. If she told others, people would think her crazy or attribute a psychological reason for the dreams. Then she learns about the authority that she has been given through her relationship with Christ. The next time the attack comes, she does not speak with her own power but with her invested authority. The evil presence flees!

A young couple is perplexed with the nightmares that wake up their two-year-old son every night. The son wakes up screaming in terror and wet with sweat, and will not return to sleep. This repeats for months. They pray, get counsel, try to comfort, everything they can imagine to help their son and bring sanity back to the household. They hear a teaching about their position in Christ, especially their invested authority as gatekeepers for their family. Without the little boy’s knowledge, they anoint his room with oil and take on their authority. Their son sleeps straight through the night, and peace is the new pattern of the household!

I have tested the principles of spiritual authority in multiple roles and places around the world as a follower of Christ. Through my preaching and teaching ministry I have also observed others taking hold of these principles and the resulting radical changes in their lives. The stories above are true and repeated multiple times in my experience. I want you to see what is at stake. The promise of the Scriptures is that we would be overcomers in Christ. Yet many times we feel far from that reality. At times our apparent failures are because we have not appropriated our authority in Christ.

With this introduction, I must tell you of some of my underlying presuppositions so that you read me in context. First, God is primarily interested in a relationship with us, not performance from us. God loves you just the way you are. You cannot do anything to add to that love nor take away from that love. But it goes one step further. God loves you so much that He will not leave you in the condition that you find yourself. His design is that from within that loving relationship you would cooperate with Him to become more like Jesus (to know Christ) and to be a full partner in His kingdom project to restore others to that relationship (to make Christ known). And God is serious about the full partnership piece: He likes to delegate responsibility and authority to accomplish the task. But the goal is never about performance!

Second, one of the most consistent backdrops to the biblical narrative is spiritual warfare. Two kingdoms are at battle—the kingdom of darkness versus the kingdom of light—both powerful. From the first pages of the Bible to the

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