It’s Time To Make A Decree
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Romans 5:17, Luke 10:19
Sunday 23rd October 2016
We continue the series ‘The Believer’s Authority’ today with the message titled ‘It’s Time to Make a Decree’.
Let’s read our foundation scriptures in Romans 5:17; ‘For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)’ (AMP).
As kings who Christ has given the right to rule in this life, we have a mandate to make decrees. As kings, we have the prerogative to decide the outcome of a matter and the course of an event, because we have the authority to do so. In the book of Esther, we read the story of King Ahasuerus delegating authority to Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai to write a decree concerning the future of the Jews in Persia: “You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke” (Esther 8:8). It must be noted that whenever a king makes a decree, it becomes irrevocable. Besides, whenever a decree is made in the name of a king, it is also irrevocable. The king’s name and signet ring represent the king’s authority.
This story is a parallel to the authority that Christ has given us, to make decrees in His name – whenever it is done, no one can revoke it. Here is Matthew 10:1, 7-8 which reads: ‘Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give’. Matthew 28:18-20 reads: ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (NIV). Also see Mark 16:15-18.
It is important that we realise that as kings here on earth, we have been given authority to the King of Kings, Jesus Christ to exercise our authority over Satan and his cohorts. God’s grace has empowered and qualified us to exercise this authority. Our responsibility then is to recognise what belongs to us and act upon the truth that we know. Luke 10:19 reads: ‘I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you’ (NIV). In order to exercise authority, we must realise that we have authority.
Let’s take a closer look at this scripture, Luke 10:19. In the NKJV, the scripture starts with the word, ‘Behold’. It is the Greek word: ‘Idou’ and it means: ‘a summon to be more careful, consideration, to introduce something new, to awaken attention, to recognise, to discern, to pay attention’. In other words, we could read this verse, this way: ‘Pay attention, I have given you the authority...’ Sadly, believers today are living their lives oblivious to what they already have. They are living below what grace has made available to them. It must be noted that whenever we fail to engage with what grace has made available, we inadvertently activate a life of struggle.
In order to exercise our God-given authority, we must also know the force behind the authority we have – God. Once we are aware of the rightful ownership of the authority we carry, we will always walk in victory over the forces of the enemy.
Let’s read Ephesians 1:15-21: ‘Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come’.
Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, with divine authority over the universe. The right hand of God speaks of a place of authority. He is seated in a place... far above all principalities and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come’. Christ is seated far above every name that is named. In other words, Christ name is above any name you may think of. If there is a situation or a condition with a name, Christ is above it all. Ephesians 2:4-7 gives us more to ponder on, in reference to this exposition. ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus’. This scripture reveals that we are also seated in heavenly places with Christ. Since Jesus is above all principality and powers, and our union with Christ is irrevocable as the body (the church), we also have dominion over all powers. Hence, we can infer that as the body of Christ, we also have Christ’s authority.
Mark 11:12-15, 20-21 records the story of Jesus and the fig tree. ‘And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” Jesus admonished his disciples following Peter’s response to have faith in God, and speak out in faith – in other words, make a decree. Whenever there is a situation that is contrary to God’s plans for our lives, we must be ready and willing to speak up against it.
This principle is accentuated by the story in Luke 7:1-10 about a centurion’s servant in Capernaum: ‘Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
In rounding up today, here are some undergirding principles to bear in mind about making a decree: Firstly, we must understand our position of authority, as kings. Secondly, we are seated with Christ in heavenly places in a position of authority over every power and every name. Thirdly, from that position of authority, we have the prerogative to make an irrevocable decree, about God’s position on every situation in our lives. The combination of these three principles determines the outcome of the words or promise that we declare – its fulfilment. It’s time to make a decree!
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