Picture your authority!

Dr. Grant Mullen Churches and Leadership, I am significant, Live fearlessly, Moods, Relationships, Uncategorized 10 Comments

God gave me a picture of our spiritual authority

It came from a movie I didn’t even like.

I never thought I had much authority.

Because I wasn’t a pastor or evangelist.

I was wrong!

Click on the video and step into your authority.

To live a transformed life, you need to recognize and use your spiritual authority.

Now I want to hear from you

How has God shown you your spiritual authority? Just leave your comments in the box below.

Here are links to more videos on your spiritual authority.

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A human controlled robot from the movie

A human controlled robot from the movie

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Comments 10

  1. Grant,
    Good word…I doubt if I’d like the movie either…but, I really appreciate the word picture the Lord has given about operating (in) His authority! Thank you!
    Peggy Kennedy

  2. Hi Dr. Mullen,

    On your CD on “Authority”, you teach that we have limited authority and that we shouldn’t step over those boundaries in the spiritual world. How does that fit with what you are telling us in your blog today?

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    Good point! The picture God gave me was that the power and effectiveness of our delegated authority, in the sphere where we are to use it, is huge. So while our authority is limited to the spirits that attack us, within that sphere, we are more powerful than we think. Hope that helps.

  4. God has shown me that my spiritual authority operates when I am depending on and obeying the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Growing up I struggled with Christianity. The church I attended preached a gospel of self-denial and works, and it was a dead religious experience for me. As a young adult I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and this experience transformed my understanding of Christianity and how I relate to Jesus and our Father. Even though I had the same problems and baggage, the Holy Spirit’s presence helped me begin to make right choices and move me from death to life. The Holy Spirit has been a wonderful friend and help to me. He is truly the helper (John 14:16-17, 14:26) and the comforter (Acts 9:31) that Jesus promised to send us. Several of my family members (who are not believers) have often wished to do me harm. If they are planning something, the Holy Spirit always warns me/shows me ahead of time and shows me how to respond. He shows me how to speak the truth to them with boldness and with a right attitude, rather than simply reacting in the flesh. This is empowering and enables me to avoid the snares that have been set for me. I experienced a lot of abuse and put-downs in the past and struggle with depression so it is a challenge for me to be assertive. Having the Holy Spirit’s empowering presence along with the discernment He gives me is truly invaluable. The Holy Spirit also shows me some of His strategies and helps me understand when I do things His way I will be protected and He can move in my family member’s lives, showing them their need for Jesus and the Father. The Holy Spirit has many roles and functions within the Godhead that He fulfills.

    The Holy Spirit is always present to bring me into the presence of Jesus and our Father. The Holy Spirit is extremely dependable, reliable, faithful, and trustworthy. He longs to reveal the goodness and love of Jesus and our Father. Often when I’m alone or in church worshiping and praying in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit takes me deep into God’s presence. Sometimes Grace comes and takes me to a higher realm where I see or receive bits of revelation. When I come back into the natural I write down what I’ve seen/experienced. Sometimes over a period of days or weeks I receive words, images, impressions and ideas that form together to create a vision or message. Sometimes the revelation comes to me in layers and when I think I have finished receiving it, God takes away that layer and there is a deeper level of truth/revelation underneath. God gives me Scriptures and dreams as well. Sometimes I also have to do research if it relates to current or future events. This can be quite a challenge since I’m not a well-educated person.

    I enjoy receiving revelation, although it can be quite distracting. It’s kind of like being given a difficult math problem to solve but you don’t understand the equation. You have to go back to class and get extra help from your teacher day after day until you can solve the problem. It can be draining and I need to have a long rest afterwards. When I finish putting together the revelation God has given me, I feel a great sense of peace. I sense God is pleased. In the Spirit He pats me on the head and says “good girl” to reassure me. Then God shows me who to give the vision or message to. This is a humbling experience because sometimes the vision seems a bit far-fetched and I feel very foolish. Then when it comes to pass partially or in full I suddenly look super-spiritual. It can be a bit overwhelming. I remind myself that God did this and I’m only a vessel.

    I believe God has given me this gift for these reasons: to show that His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9); to show God shows no partiality (Acts 10:34); to show that our faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5); to show that God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty…that no flesh should glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1:27-29), and to show that God hears the cry of the least of these: the poor, the widow, the fatherless, the orphan, the brokenhearted, the oppressed, etc. (Psalm 40, Luke 4:18-19)

  5. Thanks everyone, good feed back. I needed that. I printed off Leslie’s comment it is so insightful. I will look that all up. Sometimes I feel so helpless and inadequate on my own. I feel that even though I think that I am expressing my needs and boundaries to others they are not listening sometimes. Or maybe I need to express them differently or more often so they get it. I find it frustrating. Maybe I need to say no more but then I get flak about that too and told that I am being selfish. Very confusing boundary stuff.

  6. As the parent of a 13-year old boy who LOVED Pacific Rim, I had to laugh at your comment about the target audience. My son is baffled that I am not anxiously awaiting its release on DVD. He keeps trying to get me to re-watch the trailer on Youtube. I am sure that he thinks that if I watch the trailer just one more time, I will finally “get it” and be as excited as he is!

    And yes, this is a great analogy about spiritual authority; thank you.

    How has God shown me my spiritual authority? By surprising me in prayer with a picture of my spiritual armour. WOW. Strikingly beautiful and FEARSOME and not remotely like anything I would have dreamed up. The symbolism alone left me almost gasping for breath after studying it out in my Bible.

    Ask Him what YOUR armour looks like. 🙂

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    Karen, glad I guessed the target audience correctly!
    That’s a powerful vision you had of your armour. All Christians need to see and understand how much authority we’ve been given. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Thank you for the reminder. I was explained this in a different way. We have the gun, shoot the gun. Even after 40 years of being a christian, I often pray God to shoot the gun for me! LOL! As a baby christian, the Lord is gracious always and will shoot the gun for you! Another mistake I have made is tell the enemy I have a loaded gun but this is as good as a police officer who tells the criminal, hey I have a gun. it’s true but not very effective. Shoot the gun!

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