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11/09/2010 – “Ordinary People Using Extraordinary Faith” I – Understanding Authority

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES

Tuesday in the Truth

November 9, 2010

Ordinary People Using Extraordinary Faith I

(Understanding Authority)

“Faith is believers understanding that we have been given authority to change situations in life.”

OPENING OBSERVATIONS

A. Success is born from a kingdom consciousness focus – a focus on your position in the Kingdom.

B. David understood the importance of his kingdom position. (Scripture reference – Psalm 52)

C. When you are operating in your kingdom assignment, even your failures work to your advantage. (Scripture reference – Romans 8:28)

DEFINITIONS

A. Assignment defined…

1. A duty one has been appointed to perform.

2. The act of putting a person into a non-elective position.

3. A position of responsibility.

4. A delegation, a mission, a duty, a job, a position, a post.

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

A. Jeremiah 1:5-10

1. God will anoint the words you are saying on a consistent basis.

B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23

1. Jesus takes authority by speaking to the tree.

2. “And in the morning”, implies time. In other words, faith alters time.

3. Failure to make faith confessions limits you to time.

4. The fig tree would have had another season had Jesus not spoken to it.

a. Whenever you use faith, something has to die so that something else can live.

b. In order for a season to end, you must know what to say.

c. This is the authority of the believer.

INTRODUCTION

A. Extraordinary faith “obtains”.

1. Hebrews 11:1-3 [Emphasis verse 2]

a. The elders or the ordinary people of Hebrews 11 used faith to “obtain”.

b. To “obtain” requires an understanding of your authority in faith.

c. Synonyms for the word “obtain”…to receive, to come into possession of, to get, to acquire, to capture, to gain, to earn, to accomplish, to gather, to master.

d. Obtaining changes the undesirable to desirable.

1. God obtained a world from chaos to control.

e. Obtaining takes time or goes through a process.

1. Prosperity is not an event as much as it is a process that will bring you to an event.

B. Romans 4:17-18

1. To “become” is a biblical synonym for the word “obtain”.

2. Faith obtains from one realm to the other realm which requires some time.

3. Abram “becomes” or “obtains” what God has already called Him in the spirit realm.

I. Extraordinary faith clearly understands authority.

A. Authority defined…

1. Authority is delegated power and permission to rule, govern or manage according to a predetermined plan.

2. Authority is the right to exercise this power.

B. God delegated authority to man [Adam].

1. Genesis 1:26

C. God makes preparation for all mankind.

1. Genesis 1:1-25

D. God has confidence in this authority.

1. Genesis 1:26-28

a. Man was created to dominate everything.

b. When you exercise your authority, everything in the planet will submit to you.

c. God wants you to know how to reproduce success by using your faith to obtain.

E. When Adam sinned, he lost the right to exercise authority (to use the word of God) and Satan became the temporary god of this world.

1. II Corinthians 4:1-4 [emphasis verse 4]

2. St. Matthew 4:8

a. Satan identifies who he is after Adam relinquished his authority to him.

b. Faith does not have a hidden agenda like people.

F. Jesus restored man’s authority [the right to use your faith].

1. Romans 5:17

a. To become skilled in faith, you must first conquer the unbelieving heart and this takes time.

II. We were created to instantly have what we say just like God.

A. Genesis 1

1. Genesis 1 shows the majesty and power of the Word.

2. In Genesis 1, God said and sees instantaneous results.

3. “And God said” and it was so in verses 3 & 4 (light); verses 6 & 7 (sky); verses 9 & 10 (the earth and the seas); verses 11 & 12 (vegetation); verses 15 & 16 (the day and the night); verses 20 & 21 (the sea creatures and the birds of the air); verses 24 & 25 (wild beasts, domestic animals and reptiles)

B. Genesis 3

1. In Genesis 3, man disobeys God and the unholy trinity of fallen man, fallen woman and Satan, embodied in the body of a serpent, is sentenced.

2. Genesis 3:15

a. Genesis 3:15 speaks prophetically of the coming of Jesus.

b. This word takes 42 generations to manifest unlike the Word spoken in Genesis 1.

3. Some word takes longer to “become” than other word so you can “obtain”.

a. St. John 1:14

1. God must get His word to become Him while He still exists.

4. You are poised to wait because God shows you some things take time to change.

III. Indicators you are not properly exercising your authority:

A. Hosea 4:6

1. You will be destroyed [to make deaf, dumb or silent (not speaking to your fig tree or mountain)].

B. Symptoms that indicate you are not exercising authority or faith:

1. You lose self control (old issues and addictions consume you).

2. You resort to natural means (that will only lead to failure) instead of doing the Word. This only leads to frustration time and time again.

3. You allow natural situations to rob you of your confidence, peace and security.

IV. Confession to help program your spirit for success:

A. Colossians 1:19

B. Deuteronomy 8:11, 12, 18

C. Psalm 37:23

D. Numbers 13:30

E. II Peter 1:3-4

F. Deuteronomy 28:2

G. St. Luke 6:38

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