In the last few posts I have gone on about our authority in Christ and our identity based on who He is, rather than who we are, so I had to post this scripture as I came across it. Galatians 4:4–7 says, “Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles [or powers] of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”
We read this scripture and we think for a second how nice it is that we are in God’s family, and sometimes we even call each other ‘brother and sister’, but do we really comprehend what this means for us? Think about the (British) royal family for a second. Now, I know it is different because they are just figure heads and the Queen is still on the throne, but imagine if they still ruled the country and Charles was on the throne. Imagine you were Prince William. You would not want for anything, you would have just about as much authority as your dad, not because of who you are, but because of who he is. You would have the authority to make changes, to do good, and to be the leader that the people need. I think it would be awesome!
The thing is that we do have these things. We do have the authority, we are leaders, we are here to lead the people, to lead them to God! We are Princes and Princesses as our Dad is the King, and not just the King but the King of Kings!
The other point that I noticed in this scripture is that we WERE slaves to earthly powers, but not any more! What does it mean by earthly powers? Sin, demons, evil, hatred, all the things that are not of God, that is what opposes us here on earth. This is why God’s will (or perfect will as some people say) does not happen here on earth (to its fullest). That is why Jesus told us to pray, “Your will on earth as it is in heaven.” We are here to fight these powers (Eph 6:12), not be slaves to it, but yet so many Christians still cry out to God to set them free from these powers! Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when we need help, even to be delivered from such powers, but I am not talking about that. I am talking about the mindset that many of us have, a negative, defeatist mindset. A mindset that says that we are still sinners, that we can’t do anything, that we are slaves to sin and that we have to constantly fight just to avoid sinning. This is a mindset that the devil is happy for us to have, because if we are too busy putting ourselves down and trying to defend ourselves, we won’t realise that we are royals with immense power and go on the offensive against evil. If every Christian realised who we are in Christ and realised what we are capable of doing in His name, the devil and his helpers would be in even more trouble than they are already!
So, here is the challenge. Next time you have the opportunity to minister or come against these powers, whether it be a thought in your head about who you are, actual visible demonic interaction, or anything in between, remember who you are. You are a child of God, you have the authority that was given to you because of what Jesus did. You are not a slave to sin, but a Prince or Princess. You are not here to survive these attacks, you are here to break the strongholds, and set the captives free. Jesus has defeated the enemy already; we are here so set the captives free. The enemy is still about, so he will try and get the better of us. Just remind him that Jesus has won the battle and we are in His army!
The title of this post suggests that we should be like God. How do you do that? Jesus has shown us already, let’s be more like Him!