Adeolu Adefarasin


Knowing Your Authority

A king that does not know his authority has robbed himself of his value.

Walking with God is a huge learning curb. Day by day learning more and more about Him and by extension who you are in HIm. Life can be complicated and you can get lost trying to work out how to navigate situations. You ever get a new job, in a management position. Maybe at first people don’t always listen to you and you have to understand, just how much authority you have. What you can expect, who you can command, what you can and can’t demand. What decisions are in your hands.

I am learning that more than ever. It is a huge learning curb for me. Growing up I struggled with a bit of an inferiority complex. Always thought I wasn’t smart enough or talented enough. I didn’t always think I levelled up. You put yourself in a box, limit your ambitions and expectations of yourself. With a lot of work and God showing His Hand, I have largely worked through that. But coming from that perception of self to embracing leadership is not a straight line.

You limit yourself, when your perception of self is less than God’s perception of you. How you perceieve yourself will dictate how you let other perceive you. If you walk like you lack the capacity for something, don’t be surprised when people doubt what you have to offer.

Beyond perception of your capacity, do you know what you have the authority to do and not do? Since being ordained it has been the greatest learning curb. What has changed, what are the expectations, what does the calling demand, what authority does thecalling come with. You will always second guess yourself if you don’t know your authority. A king that does not know his authority is just a figurehead.

The biggest biblical example of this is the prodigal son’s brother.

““Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:25-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The prodigal sons brother, was the good one, he stayed with his father (In the presence of God) and was obidient, but he had not relationship with him. When something happened, the first person he ran to wasn’t his father, but a servant. What do you get when you go to a servant? You get a servant perspective.

The prodigal son’s brother, was those people doing church to say he did church, not for a real relationship. because he didn’t. Have a real relationship, and had the perspective of a servant, who owns nothing, he didn’t know what he could and could not do. He didn’t know the authority that comes with sonship. So he gets bitter and angry at his father.

““The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:28-31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He had the authority to do all he was jealous of, the authority to direct and guide the servants, but he thought of himself as a servant. He was limited by how he preceived himself.

By the blood of Christ, we have gone from servants of God to sons of God. We have the authority that comes with sonship, by the blood of Jesus. There are things we need to stop tip-toeing about and start to wield the authority we have to manifest the power of the Holy Spirit.