Matthew 8:9-10 (KJV) For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Ray served as an assistant Pastor in his Church before he was transferred to a new city by his employer and was released by his church. When he got to this new city, he quickly joined a Church assembly the Lord led him to. He noticed however that the Pastor of this Church did not understand the word of God like his former Pastor who had great depth of understanding and the accompanying manifestation of God’s power. Because of this, it was difficult for Ray to submit to this new Pastor. He often complained, murmured and sometimes disobeyed instructions from the pastor. This continued even though he knew that this Church was where the Lord wanted him to serve.
The Pastor soon noticed Ray because of his gifts and assigned him responsibilities, but it was still difficult for Ray to submit to this new Pastor. “I am better than this man” he would think.
In one of the services where ray ministered, a demon-possessed man was brought. Ray did all that he could but the demon did not leave. Ray went home heavy, sad, and wondering what went wrong: “Lord, I thought we have gone past this level. More than twenty possessed men were delivered in my former Church, three of them were completely insane and you made them completely whole. Have you left me? Oh, I don’t understand!” Because of this experience, Ray took out time and went for a personal retreat. During the retreat, the Lord revealed to him that the reason he no longer had the requisite authority to cast out certain demons was because he had not been subject to the authority God placed over him.
To have much needed spiritual authority, you must be under God’s authority yourself. This would show in the way you respond to constituted human authorities that God has placed over you. If a man cannot submit to men that God has placed over him, he is not submitted to God.
Pray this way: Lord, I receive grace to submit to those you have placed over me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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