November 18, 2019: SOAP #3637:  Ps 124, 2Cor 11-13 Scripture:  2Corinthians (NIV) 13:10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority" the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. […]

November 18, 2019: SOAP #3637:  Ps 124, 2Cor 11-13

Scripture:  2Corinthians (NIV) 13:10 This is why I writethese things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh inmy use of authority" the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, notfor tearing you down.

Observation:  Godis the only one worthy, so only He has all authority.  All legitimate authority is delegated fromGod.  Authority that does not have itssource in God is illegitimate and is usurped. When this is understood, it is very easy to see that everyone exercisingauthority will answer to God. 

God's purpose for delegating authority is as a tool to make us better servants.  As a servant or employee provesresponsible, more authority is delegated. The value of a servant increases as they prove responsible with greater authority.  With authority comes the responsibility to makesure priorities are set and decisions are made to determine the use of availableresources like time, talents, and finances. It all starts with me exercisingauthority over my life. 

Application:   Theauthority God has delegated to me as a husband, father, pastor, school busdriver, etc. is to make me useful in building up people in the kingdom ofGod.  Authority is not a tool for me touse in making things better for me but for the benefit of others. 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, teach me how to best use theauthority that has been delegated to me. Amen

Pastor Leon
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