by Kory Miller
God’s authority is absolute. Without question, He will win every battle, every time. He balances mercy and justice effortlessly. He loves without a trace of manipulation, and fights for His children with ferocity. However much of an understatement it is, it must also be said that God is good – the best, actually. His inherently good authority stretches over every circumstance and should be understood to apply to every corner of His creation. This is important to know because it is this God that Scripture says we are “formed in the image of” (Genesis 1). God, the Perfect Father, is entirely sovereign. And through Jesus’ work on the cross, we are invited to rest and act under this authority. Unafraid. Confident. More than conquerors.
Before we can understand the authority God offers us, we must understand our identity in Him. Here at Red Rocks Church, we are unashamedly focused on reaching the lost and “prodigals” with the truth of what God says about Himself, and about them. We are determined to bring truth to those who might have succumbed to the false realities of sin and addiction. The human heart, prone to wander, is searching to find its true purpose. Because of this, we are fixated on giving God the space to reveal Himself as the Good Shepherd and to welcome prodigals home. Where the enemy is ready to pour out copious amounts of untruths about how helpless humans might be in this life, the Bible is generous to provide clarity about who we are as believers and how to walk through every season in strength.
I am the vine, and you are the branches…. Abide in Me, and if My truth abides in you, ask what you want and it will be done. John 15:5,7
Anyone who believes in Me will do the same things I have done, and greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12
Taking these words from Jesus literally leaves us with some serious behavior-altering implications. We have an open summons to rest in confidence and walk in victory daily. Our days of depression and helplessness are over. We have this truth spoken over us by the One who created everything—including our complex hearts and minds.
This does not erase difficulty nor does it mean that we can walk around tyrannically dictating how everything goes. Instead, we yield everything to the One Who is able to do exceedingly above all we could think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). In fact, to the unbeliever, our authority as Christ-followers greatly resembles giving up. In the world’s eyes, surrender appears weak. To surrender means that all that has been warred over is being relinquished. In the Kingdom, surrender is instant victory (Romans 12). We have permission from the Father to take everything to His throne room with confidence and trust that He will fight for us (Philippians 4:6-7). This means we stare addiction, sickness, or fear in the face; grab it by the arm, and drag it to the Father. Once there, we leave it. We give control completely to God, the Perfect Judge. And we laugh as the enemy wishes he'd never touched us.
This is our inheritance as sons and daughters of a Good King. He will never fail. And though it might not look the way we expect it to, we never fail. We are given authority over sin and death. We live free and strong. We take our lives, families, health, and our dreams, and we lay them at His feet, knowing that He was before all things and is more than capable to hold all things together. The truth of God’s authority and our inheritance fuels the soul to sing with passion, “Bring on the waves. I’m loved by the One Who anchors me.”