Sunday Sermon Snack – Jamaican Gems : Authority 

Good afternoon and Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start. Whether you’re at work, at home, or on vacation be sure to thank God for all his incredible blessings and mercies. He is so good and deserves all the praise. Thank you, Lord.

Today I bring another gem courtesy of Barry. God gave him awesome sermons. This is the first one he preached and I know you will glean from it. Don’t forget to share it with friends and family. 

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An authority figure is one that can tell you what to do. 

“So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle.”

I Samuel 17:20 NKJV

David is not in the battle against Goliath. He is tending to the flock. Jesse instructs David to take food to his brothers in the war. David had battled a lion and a bear and he was tending sheep instead. He listened to his father and did his job. He was to say yes to his father, his authority. Goliath mocked the Israelites and profaned the name of the Lord for 40 days. David, despite having no weapons or armor, had the most bravery. He was under constant authority and did what he was told. When David delivered the food, he heard the Philistines mocking God.

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

I Samuel 17:45 NKJV

David didn’t use the armor Saul gave him. He put it on at his request but was not able to used to it. David confronted Goliath and took authority. He informed him that he came in the name of the Lord, the number one authority on the battlefield. David is a man under authority who accepts the authority from the Lord. When we understand authority we aren’t afraid. If your dad is big and strong, you aren’t afraid. Are we comfortable in our authority figure? 

Understanding authority doesn’t improve with age. Things get harder as we get older. You have no authority over what you fear. David was the only one who knew that this was the Lord’s battle. God gave us authority over everything. Understanding authority helps you serve. If we don’t we have a problem with that person. You serve better the better you understand authority. Jesus is a man under authority who did what his father told him. The closer you are to your authority the better you can enact it. Jesus only did what he saw his father do. Obedience is an important part of authority. When you have a lot of yesses as a follower that contributes to much when you go into authority. Jesus listened and grew in his youth and became a man of authority. Jesus is our perfect example of a man under authority and did a perfect record of doing what his Father said. A Roman centurion came to Jesus asking to heal his servant. Jesus says yes and wants to go in person. The centurion however wants Jesus to simply say the word and his servant will be healed. He had more faith than most of the people Jesus met. Jesus never saw faith like this. The servant was healed that very hour. The Lord will show up through faith. The disciples chose to follow Jesus and their lives were never the same. The person under authority can take authority if they believe by faith. If you don’t submit to authority you’ll never get authority. 

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