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Voice of Authority
by Kim Potter
That's not the way it works!' These are the words I heard coming from the
backseat as I began to pray.
was driving Bryson and Brailee home after a wonderful day and night with them.
As I usually do, I began to pray on the ride to their house. I began
with 'thank you God for this time with these two, it was so much fun and I am
so thankful for them.' Then I asked God for something and in the middle
of asking, Brailee yelled out 'stop! That's not the way it works!'
stopped and questioned her. I said, 'what do you mean?' She said, 'you
can't ask God for something and expect to get it, that's not how it works.'
I responded, 'what makes you say that Brailee?' She proudly said, 'my teacher
said that is not how it works.' I then asked, 'what did your teacher
say?' She shared with me that her teacher said again, 'you can't ask God
for something and expect to get it.' I said 'well, honey, that's wrong.'
I began to remind her what the Bible says however, in her mind, a voice of
authority in her life had told her something and she believed it.
said 'Brailee, we have had dozens of bible studies about this very subject?'
She said, 'I know Nana, but Ms. So and so said it is not the way it works.'
PLEASE UNDERSTAND my point here. I am sure, at age six, Brailee
misunderstood her teacher or there is more to the conversation. That is
NOT my point here. My point is this; a voice of authority spoke into her
life and erased everything she had been taught or believed to be true.
I pondered this thought over the holiday weekend, I thought of the many people
who have been going through life, serving God, doing all they know to do, when
suddenly a voice of authority in their life says something to them to crush
them or to erase all they believed.
is a sad truth, but I have seen and dealt with many people, in the church, who
have been crushed by a voice of authority in their life.
shared Kelita's book with you the other day, her book is about this very
subject. It happens more often than we care to think.
also thought about the power of words. WOW! Words are powerful.
They build up and they tear down, that is what the Bible says.
people, even people who know who they are in Christ, are torn down by words
from loved ones, spouses and friends. This should not be so. James
3:10 says; Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing, my brothers and
sisters, this should not be so.
the question remains, why do those words change what one knows to be truth?
it is a voice of authority in that person's life.
in the Webster's 1828 Dictionary is defined as; Legal power, or a
right to command or to act; as the authority of a prince over subjects, and of
parents over children. Power; rule; sway. 2. The power derived from
opinion, respect or esteem; influence of character or office; credit; as the
authority of age or example, which is submitted to or respected, in some
measure, as a law, or rule of action.
have power, as I said, and when they come from someone who has or who we have
given authority in our life, they often have the ability to rule and sway our
thoughts and emotions.
is one reason it is vital we remain very careful of who we give authority to
speak into our lives.
of what a voice of authority speaks, the truth remains the truth. What
God says about you is truth. What God says about your situation is
truth. What Gods word says is truth. Those truths will supersede
any other words, if you will allow them to.
those of you who have had ungodly words spoken over you by a voice of
authority in your life, and for those who have been spoken to with words that
were NOT spirit-led, I say to you today; first, forgive the one who spoke
them, forgive and let them go. You don't want to hang on to that hurt
and rejection any longer, walk free today. Secondly, do what the word
says, cast those words to the ground.
Corinthians 10:4-6 says; For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal
but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and
every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing
every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to
punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
every negative word to the ground and declare them null and void. Then,
take the time to sow the word of God into your heart. Sow the word of
God in your heart until you believe it more than the negative words that were
spoken to you. Remember, His word is alive and power-filled and His word
will NOT return void. It will always accomplish what it is sent for.
God to put the right voices of authority in your life. Don't allow just
anyone to speak into your life - watch their fruit - that will tell you all
you need to know. God wants you to have voices of authority but He wants
them to be godly and pure voices of authority and He wants those words, even
words of correction, spoken in love and from a pure heart. That, my
friend, is my prayer for you today. That God will put those types of
voices of authority in your life.
Prayer for Today: Father, I thank you for the voices of authority in my life. I thank you that they speak from YOUR heart and they speak YOUR words at all times. I forgive those who have spoken into my life and brought hurt, I forgive them today and release them to you. In Jesus name. Amen.