I had a dream where Jesus came to the church to check the credentials of people who were teaching about God. Those who were teaching without being authorized by Him were in trouble. His primary concern was authorization.  A secondary issue was the content people were teaching. Many false ideas about God were being taught by people who weren’t authorized by Him.

In the dream, I understood that along with the Lord’s authorization to speak on a subject, came the content of a person’s message. The fact that they needed to be authorized to speak on certain subjects came as a surprise to most people, even though Jesus warned them about this.

Social networks have created a global platform where anyone can share their views about God. We’re bombarded with theological opinions. And apparently, Jesus is listening.

Due to our unique personalities, talents and life experiences, God authorizes each of us differently. Those who have been authorized to speak on a subject are given His heart on that subject, the right life experiences and the right message. He also provides the right audience.

Having God’s authorization creates a favorable environment. Those who speak on subjects He’s authorized tend to bear good fruit. Those who speak without His authorization tend to create discord and confusion. Since God is not the author of confusion, if there is confusion surrounding a message, there’s a good chance that someone who is not authorized is doing the talking.

What I’m authorized to speak on is pretty limited. I’m authorized to teach on healing, deliverance, dreams, and more recently, politics. I’m often asked questions about things which I’m not authorized to speak on, like generational sins and curses. While I know people who have personal experience and revelation from God on these subjects, I can’t think of a single thing God has revealed to me about them. So when people ask me I simply tell them, “I have no revelation on that,” and point them to people who have received revelation on it. I don’t want to step outside my realm of authority.

There’s no shame in admitting to your ignorance on a subject. If you give people counsel that isn’t from God, you’re going to lead them astray. It seems wiser to say nothing at all. One of the sticky points of being granted authority is that in addition to giving us freedom to speak on certain issues, it restrains us from speaking on others. Jesus modeled this restraint by only saying what the Father authorized Him to say and only doing what the Father authorized Him to do.

My suggestion (if you’re looking for one) is pretty simple: Check with Jesus and ask Him what you are and aren’t authorized to speak on and make a list. Once you have clear direction, ask Him to reveal His heart on those issues and confine your conversations to those which He has authorized you to speak on. Then watch how He moves powerfully through you.

Authority – How Does it Work?

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