Kingdom Authority

Kingdom Authority

Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. — Matthew 14:19 NKJV

Men, Jesus tells the disciples “bring them to me” (the fish and loaves). Then He tells all the multitude to “sit down on the grass”. Then He took the five loaves and two fish in His hands, looked up to heaven, and blessed them. He broke them up, gave them to the disciples to distribute to the multitude.

Who did Jesus bless the loaves by? Jesus could turn stones into bread if He wanted to, but He was following a Kingdom protocol. The earthly body is unable to break the general rules of physics. But the Spirit can. Jesus is showing us how to access the riches of heaven. Healing, signs and wonders are often thought of in terms of magic, or some hocus pocus. For Jesus, this was no sleight of hand; He was generating a legitimate increase in physical resources, but not by some incantation and wave of a wand. From earth, Jesus accessed the literal Kingdom of heaven and by blessing it appropriately, the stores of Heaven were opened up to Him.

We’d all like to know the words Jesus used so we could follow a 5 step plan to fill our kitchens. Again, this is not about reciting an incantation, “bippity boppity boo”, so to speak. It’s not about the words Jesus used. His ability to break the rules we live by on earth are because of His focus on His own authority, Kingdom’s riches and freedoms.

Jesus was not limited to the rules here because His authority was secured in a higher order. Looking up to heaven, He acknowledged the authority He had in His Father’s Kingdom and opened the resources. To Him, it was as simple as opening a cupboard door. Is this authority available to others? 2 Kings 4 tells us about Elisha stretching a widow’s resources. The disciples called on healing power by Jesus name in Heaven. Is it available to us?

I dare anyone to move forward. It’s not a parlor trick for amusing our friends but Jesus said we would do even greater. How does it happen? It doesn’t without first looking up to heaven and acknowledging His Name’s authority, our sonship and His Kingdom.

Vance Durrance

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Your Kingdom Come

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Matthew 6:10

Men, Jesus is now sharing with us a second line in a model prayer. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. First, where is the kingdom? We assume too quickly that it is heaven. Is it?

Jesus has already said in 4:17 that “the kingdom is at hand”. Quite literally it was in His hands, as they will be nailed to a cross to provide access to the kingdom. The kingdom life begins when we walk through Jesus who is the narrow gate. His kingdom came between His death and Pentecost when the death humanity suffered in the garden (Genesis 3) was given back in life through Christ’s atonement and receiving the Spirit. Adam and Eve lost their access to the Spirit of God the Father. Adam was easy to find physically, but God asked where Adam was because the Spiritual connection had been severed.

Further, what is a kingdom, but a territory. At the end of Mathew, we will hear Jesus say, “all authority has been given to Jesus in heaven and on earth”. But we know that the earth had been given over to Satan back in Genesis. Jesus reclaimed the keys to all the secret places when He rose from death. Jesus will tell Peter in ch16 that believers (the church) will be given the keys to the kingdom. We who are called and accept Christ have been given kingdom authority as the bride of Christ through the Spirit connection, who is the Comforter, given to us by Jesus.

The kingdom has begun, it is NOW. Our eternal life in Christ has already begun. Our treasure is stored in heaven, but our rewards have already begun. We who are Christ’s no longer have to walk in defeat. We are sojourners in a foreign land, but not without authority and privilege. We are the bride, to the One and only Son of the Most High God. Move forward men, aligned with Kingdom principals. His Kingdom is now, and we must learn how to exercise the authority granted to us here and now. He came that we would have life, and life abundantly. It’s begun. Go search out kingdom principals.

The Kingdom has come, but has it come to you? Have you learned how to focus, see, and walk in Kingdom life? Jesus now says, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. Let’s ask, what is His will in heaven and how is it implemented here on earth? Is there sickness, sin, arrogance, disorder, etc. in heaven?

Heaven has order, waves of praises, brilliant light, treasure rooms, mansions, books, a throne room, etc. Mathew 18:18-20 deals with discipline but look closely. What we “bind on earth is bound in heaven”. Binding is a contractual term. When we come into agreement here with the Holy Spirit, it is also done in heaven. What is done in heaven is engaged here. Jesus is the gate to a relational God. We reciprocate with heaven. The Lord puts things in our path to agree with. Our agreement is like signing a contract. Once agreement is made, God orders the terms of that agreement carried out on earth.

The enemy also searches out agreements. If we agree with the enemy, he carries it to God, and He is bound by that agreement. God will not violate our will. If we agree with the enemy that we are depressed, we essentially tie heavens blessing away from us, and the cycle continues. God looks at the agreement we make with the enemy and allows it to be carried out. This is why Jesus says, “Your will be done”, because His will is not to harm us but to prosper us and give us a future.

The Word has promises from God to us. If we pray into agree with those promises, God drops the gavel and engages the terms of His promises into the earth, into our lives. Move forward men, agreeing with His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. Be conscious of your words, even in jest. The enemy uses the system against us. Be certain your words, and your agreements are aligned with His will so that His best intentions for us are enacted. Kingdom life.

Vance Durrance

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