Authority is divine power. When you have authority in life, it is characterized by power in your words. Like the case of the Lord Jesus and the Roman Centurion in Matthew 8:9, “For I, too, am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”
The Centurion here understood something that the Lord Jesus was impressed with; the man understood that Jesus had authority. He understood the flow of power and authority. He knew that the release of power was tied to receiving authority from a higher authority. It is very important we note this fact of flow from a higher authority.
HOW DOES ONE RECEIVE AUTHORITY?
Authority comes to you when you are effectively under higher authority. You can only have things subject to you when you are effectively subject to the higher authority. Many people want to have authority without being under authority. Please pay attention to what this Roman Centurion said. He started with the fact that he was under authority, and then that he also had authority over some people. It is good we notice the order. Your being under authority is first before authority can be conferred upon you. The amount of authority you have is determined by how much of divine authority is present over your life. The amount of authority you have in life is expressed by how much life responds to your words.The first authority we must all be under is that of the Lord Jesus and the word of God. We must be subject to the authority of the Lord daily in our lives; without it we lose the power to control the things of life. What Satan did to steal authority from Adam was to take him away from under the authority of God.
Jesus had become totally subject to the Father through all the years of His natural life. He had learned obedience and had become the Son of God in reality, not just by birth, but by going through the fires of life.
“Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect…” Heb 5:8-9
Power flows through being under authority. That is the channel.
Another point we must learn is this: In every sphere of life, there is a structure of authority that was designed to keep the power/authority flowing. It is part of being under the authority of God to recognize the visible authorities he has placed you under.In everything you do in life, recognize the authority as the Lord ordained it (not as man ordained it); follow it and you would have opened the flow of divine power through and into your life. Being a person under authority, you will have spiritual soldiers(angels) do every bidding of yours.