~~ The Sharing of Authority
Matthew, in the closing chapter of his Gospel, shows us the King on the mountain in Galilee which He had appointed as the rendezvous for His disciples. He is speaking to the group of followers who surround Him: “All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and in earth.” It may seem a strange statement to many Christians, but it is nevertheless a profound spiritual truth that the authority of the risen Head at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, is planned to reach its full development and manifestation through His body. The Son of God became incarnate, not merely that He might save men from their sins, but also that He might bring man to that place of dominion over the works of God which was planned in the counsels of eternity (Psa. 8).
~~ Dr. E. E. Helms once told of how he had promised a bicycle to his son. They went out together to inspect the various models, and to make the purchase. The boy led the way to a particular store, and indicated a machine which he said was the one he wanted. His father suggested it might be better to look at some others before finally deciding. But the lad was quite sure as to his own mind. “Father,” he said, “I’ve been scouting round already, and sized them all up, and this is the one I want. I’m going to stay here until I get it.” He was successful; and his father in telling the story remarked that if we would take that attitude in our praying there would be fewer unanswered prayers.
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15: 7).
~~ Note carefully the significance of the statement, “Ye shall ask what YE will.” How many believers content themselves with a submissive uttering of the words, “Thy will be done,” in all matters which they bring before the Lord. Their spirits assume a passive attitude that accepts anything that comes to them as the will of the Father. This is not scriptural, and it is very far from the desire of God for His children. The Holy Spirit teaches a hearty co-operation rather than mere resignation ; an active entering into God’s plan instead of a vague yielding to circumstances; a definite claiming and appropriating of the promises which are set before us in the Word, as being the expression of the Father’s will for His children. We are to positively will the will of God; to seek it out as He has revealed it; and to maintain our place of quiet assurance before Him until it has been fully accomplished.
Visions and seeing into the spirit realm are part of your spiritual gift package in the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:17
). Many people have visions, but don’t know they are having them. Let’s say, for example, you are driving down the road and see a homeless person on the street. For a moment you feel sorry for the person, but decide to not to help them for a lot of reasons.
In your mind’s eye, you suddenly see yourself picking up a sandwich at the nearby sandwich shop and bringing it to them. The scene plays so quickly in your imagination that you barely notice it and then your rational side persuades you to dismiss it.
What happened to you, however, is you just had an internal vision from the Lord. You were being directed by the Holy Spirit to help feed this man. You failed to recognize it because it happened so quickly, and you dismissed it as just being “your imagination”.
In Judges 6:34, we read about Gideon: Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and made him the mighty leader that he was. Before that, he was a timid young man, cowering at the winepress, unable to do anything effective. But he was changed by the Spirit of God coming upon him.