KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:18 ISV Then Jesus approached them and told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”.
In our studies we have looked at obtaining the authority of Christ through His name and also our place in Christ, which gives us access to inherit His authority. Many have learnt these things yet are not able to exercise the authority of Christ. What must such people do to actually experience the authority of Christ.? The basic requirement for relating with God is by virtue of a covenant. Covenants between men and God always demands a sacrifice to be made, to be a token for the covenant. This was the reason the Lord asked Abraham to circumcise every male in his family if that person should have anything to do with God. Genesis 17:10 ISV “Here is my covenant that you are to observe, between me and you and your descendants: Every male among you is to be circumcised.”
It is this act of sacrifice that establishes the covenant between God and His people. This covenant makes God bound to respond to you.
We as Christians have a covenant with God through Christ. When Jesus died His death circumcised everyone of us who believes in Him. Colossians 2:11 ISV “In union with him you were also circumcised with a circumcision performed without human hands by stripping off the corrupt nature by the circumcision performed by the Messiah.” The above verse is what has been generally established for all Christians, but a man’s decision to willingly live a sacrificial life for God brings him into a personal covenant with God.
This act of sacrifice establishes his faith in a dimension that does not waver under any condition. Every genuine sacrifice has an element of trust. It therefore prepares the heart to trust in God for impossibilities
Now, what are the kind of sacrifices that can bring one into a covenant relationship with the father. Whenever a child of God is ready to lose any precious thing for God, the Lord also responds to him in a very unconditional way. No financial sacrifice is too big for him or her to make for God. He is ready to spend great moments in prayer, as well as giving in to fasting over certain periods. If such a person will walk in holiness and true humility, he will surely be a candidate to manifest the authority of Christ in a higher dimension than most Christians leading a conservative life.
THOUGHT: SATAN CANNOT STAND THE CHRISTIAN WHO IS READY TO LOSE HIS LIFE FOR CHRIST
Rev 12:11 KJV” And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”.
Psalms 50:14 -15 KJV ” ” Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”.