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Have Reverence For Spiritual Authority

Have Reverence For

Spiritual Authority

 

But these people insult powers they don’t know anything about… They have also rebelled against God, just as Korah did. Because of all this, they will be destroyed (Jude 1:10-11 CEV).

 

 

In Psalms 8:4-5, the Bible says “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”Here, the Hebrew word translated “angels” is“elohiym,” the same word used for “God” in Genesis 1:1. So, this doesn’t refer to angels as many think, it actually means that man was made a little lower than God.

 

 

Also, in Genesis 5:1(MSG), the Bible tells us: “When God created the human race, he made it godlike, with a nature akin to God.”However, the man God created, Adam, committed high treason and lost his right to the world. The authority which Adam had was higher than that of the angels, because he was fashioned in the similitude of God. In his fall, he lost it to Satan – the devil.

 

The story of the confrontation between arch angel Michael and satan is most inspiring. It highlights the importance of reverence for authority. When the arch angel Michael contended with satan over the body of Moses, he understood spiritual authority and dared not bring a railing accusation against satan, because at that time, satan was legally in possession of the adamic authority which was higher that his. So the “Chief-angel” had to confront satan in the Name of the Lord, a higher authority than that which satan wielded: “Not even the chief angel Michael did this. In his quarrel with the Devil, when they argued about who would have the body of Moses, Michael did not dare condemn the Devil with insulting words, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9 GNB).

 

 

When Miriam the prophetess spoke against Moses who wielded a higher spiritual authority, the Lord rebuked her and she became leprous (Exodus 12:1-10). Same with Korah, Dathan, Abiram and the two-hundred and fifty-men who questioned Moses’ call! They were all destroyed (Numbers 16:31-35).

 

 

This is why it’s so important that you’re careful not to constitute yourself as a critic against God’s ministers or his church. When such conversations are on, desist and leave such places. Don’t participate in such unwholesome talks. Rom 14:4 says: “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth.” Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. Psalm 105:15 says “…Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”

 

Prayer

 

Dear Father, I keep my tongue and lips from transgressing against you, through my comments about your leaders or the church. Let my words be full of grace that it may edify all that hear me, and strengthen their faith in you, your Word and ministry, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Matthew 8:9; Psalm 105:15

Aisha Ahmad

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