“Because, I said so” doesn’t work with dogs

Kingdom Principle:  Healing is an act of Authority not Power.

Commanding Darkness away is an act of Healing.

Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30

Attending the dog obedience school for our first family dog, we quickly learned that the trainer was not training the dogs, rather the trainer was teaching or “discipling” the owners. The obedience training had very little to do with the dog, the focus was on the owners responses and commitment to the discipleship that then resulted in an obedient response from the dog. The obedience school taught the dog owner how to engage in a healthy relationship with the dog.  The owner’s authority over the dog resulted out of healthy relationship with the dog.

Our authority as followers of Christ is grown out of our forgiveness & relationship with God. We are akin to sheep, and we must hear the Father’s voice. The more intimate we are with God, the more our identity (see last week) will be formed by God, thus the more authority we will exhibit and enjoy. Satan was created, by God as an angel, to be in relationship with God and he was endowed with Authority and Power. When Satan chose to rebel and break his relationship with God – he lost his authority. He did not lose his power – more on that later. Without authority Satan was bound to the world and allowed to rule the air (Eph. 2:1-3) and be the prince of this world (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11). When the Messiah – Jesus Christ came to the world and tore the veil of the heavens, in His resurrection he conquered death and gave us authority over the power of the Enemy. (Luke 10:19) Authority is fostered and grown in relationship, Power remains a gift. John Paul Jackson said that Authority “controls and changes the visible as well as the invisible, while Power only controls and changes the visible”. What this means is that we don’t need to pursue Power, what we need is to enjoy Authority. Authority is delegated and declarative right over someone or somethingIt is the ability to influence or impact as desired. But one must remain clear that authority is imparted based on the relationship with the Father, so it is by his desire and will that authority alone will be exercised.

Peter had authority because of his relationship with God through Jesus. When he went to be with the disciples in the death of Dorcas, he was granted power to raise her from the dead, but it was authority that paved the way for him to call out to God. Those who are gathered in Rev. 7 – and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb – are sharing in the intimacy and authority of the King… they have overcome based on the authority of being in relationship with their shepherd. It is this Great Shepherd (1 Peter 5) that is spoken of in Psalm 23 in whom we have all things. We lack nothing and he guides us along the right path, (Proverbs 3:5-6) believing in ATHOE. (Ascend to Heaven on Earth).  Jesus is very clear to the people of his day, because they do not believe (they are not people of faith) they have no relationship with him, hence they are not his sheep. Therefore they have no authority or ability to hear his words or remain in him. This leads them to desire earthly power as a replacement for what they are unable to enjoy spiritually via authority.  (Hence they demand for miracles and demonstrations rather than to be followers.)  The world will chase power, because that is what the enemy has to offer them. Disciples do not need power, because they seek to be in relationship with the All Powerful One – with whom Him Authority is enjoyed.  (I am not saying disciples lack power, only that a pursuit of power is of the world.) This Authority grants true Peace because believers know they have overcome the world. (1 John 4:4) Peter does not need to raise Dorcas to prove his faith or to demonstrate God’s power; rather Peter is present with the disciples out of Love. And where Love flows there is Power (We will pick this idea up next week).

Connecting to last week – while faith is the root of our identity, faith remains something that you believe in and confess even if you don’t fully understand. Hope on the other hand is very tangible. Hope is something that you can think about, understand, and wrestle with. Hope is the foundation of our declarations.  Authority does rise and fall, based on obedience and submission. Therefore where there is a lack of Authority it will be evident when one lives in a state of being afraid, overcome by anxiety or living in a state of anarchy. This is why we must learn to release our anxiety.  Conversely where there is Authority, the plans of the enemy will be thwarted and Healing will take place.

Healings are based on Authority and an act of healing removes the evil and damage done by evil against God’s creation. Therefore – when we take authority over the enemy (which we are given in Jesus Name) and we command the enemy and his work to be removed from our lives and the lives around us – we are engaging in the act of Healing. The natural progression of healing begins the moment the enemy is removed.  Miracles are done based on Power, and they are the restorative acts of God to repair and return someone or something to the original intended state prior to being damaged by evil.  I believe that God longs for us to apply his Kingdom principles in order to confront the chaos of this world, in order that we can demonstrate health, healing and (w)holness to the world. The gift of Healings and the Miraculous are power gifts of 1 Corinthians 12, However we need not have these gives to engage in Healing.

Authority will overcome Anarchy. When a disciple enters a room, their authority is measured up in the spiritual realm by all those present. In this sizing up the larger your authority the larger the target is on your back, because where ever you plant your feet  – Peace overcomes. Peace is an outward expression of Authority. It is peace that Jesus gives his disciples. (John 19) If you have authority you can be near someone one who is in chaos, whether that be guilt, shame, fear, anger or in any emotional distress and your authority will bring peace. (Your peace may be rejected, but it will demand a response.) A person who lives in the absence of peace, based on lacking authority will develop anxiety that will cause damage to their physical body.  Thus Authority to Heal is evident in the lives of disciples who walk intimately with the Father by faith. Remember healing does not require visible demonstration to take place, it may simply be the removal of evil, but by removing evil, restoration can begin.

So what if you live in a constant state of fear, or have anxiety about the world around you… does this mean you lack authority… unfortunately yes, but authority rises and fall in relationship with the Father… Therefore, Fear not and do not let your hearts be troubled.

  1. Confess your sins and your need for God. Relinquish your right to be right this is an act of forgiveness and promotes humility in the steps of the Son… (Micah 6:8)
  2. Release your anxiety and fear to God. Submit your soul to the will of the Father. Seeking His Kingdom and His Righteousness (Matthew 6:33) will release you from the pursuit of power in this world and peace will be the fruit…
  3. Command the darkness away in Jesus Name. This is an act of authority and in claiming the name of Jesus you embrace your call to be broken as a movement of the Holy Spirit and discovering the direction of the spirit… (John 16:8).


Psalm 23


The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” (23:1)


Confess                    my sin & need to God

Release                     my anxiety & fear to God

Command              darkness away in Jesus Name

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (23:2,3).

Circumcise                my heart


Renew                      my mind


Resurrect                 my body


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (23:4).

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (23:5).


In Baptism               my identity in Christ is secured




In Communion          I experience intimate emotional exchange with God & others

In Worship                in the presence of the King I am unconditionally accepted


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (23:6). Prayer  expresses my faith in God to do the impossible.

Declare establishes God’s faith in me to do all things possible.

Command extends the power & authority of God through me to the world as an act Love.


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