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Your Assignment Determines Your Authority

Fear is a deadly thing. You can’t turn your back on it or it’ll jump you and desperately try to incapacitate you. It never seems more plain than when you take a step of faith, a step of His destiny and purpose.

In our giving, serving, loving–fear attempts to turn it around and give you a list of what if’s like “What if you don’t have enough?” or “What if something happens to you or your family?”

Katie Davis has faced all that trying to live and love as God has directed her.  Fear certainly seem sensible and reasonable in a place like Uganda where poverty and disease is rampant, but something keeps bringing her back to the truth.

From Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark

For some reason this leapt out at me when I read it. Again, I was reminded that the assignment God has given determines the authority you walk in.

A checker at the grocery store has one measure of authority. A UN ambassador has another. A US President has another. Each is based not on how they feel, but the assignment they’re given.

Too many have reversed this idea and decided that their perceived level of authority determines their assignment. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 28:18, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.”

Was that just a nice declaration for Jesus to make or is it a preface for His next statement (of which we call the great commission), “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

What about Psalm 91:13,

You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

Or Luke 10:19?

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.

That doesn’t mean you don’t face difficulties or maybe even catch a disease you’re trying to help others with or suffer in a number of ways.

We can however, stand up to fear just as three Hebrew children stood before a wicked king and a fiery furnace and declared, “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18 emphasis mine).

Whether you’re assignment is in your own neighborhood or across an ocean, you need to understand what you’ve been called to do and the authority He has apportioned to see that you carry out and accomplish His great works in this earth.

I know I’ve been guilty of this. Have you ever let your fears or perceptions determine your assignment? How do you let the authority He’s given come through in your life? 


This is part of our book club discussion on Week 9 of Kisses from Katie (disclosure) by Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.

8 Comments

  1. For far too long I let fear determine my life. I’m stepping out in faith now and waiting on God. I know His will and timing are perfect. Great post!
    TC Avey recently posted..The History of ToolsMy Profile

    • Amen. Thank you, TC.

  2. Too often…but my intent is no more. Praying that I would be fearless in following and serving God.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Uniquely Created to Serve GodMy Profile

    • Praying with you, Dusty--for you and for me. It’s time for the greater! Thanks so much.

  3. Fear is part of life, so is trouble, Christ affirmed it. Those verses quoted prove the fact of trouble. We will face the lions and serpents, that’s a given. It’s our mindset and perspective that should be about our Father’s will, to face the serpents head on with the armor of God protecting us and His mighty sword before us.

    A needed reminder. Good stuff. Thanks.
    floyd recently posted..“REMEMBER THE ALAMO”!My Profile

    • That’s it. We have to choose what or Who will reign in our lives. Wise words, Floyd. Thank you.

  4. Yes sir we’ve all had fears one or twice in life, I think every great person in the bible had some kind of fear or another. But we can not let fear destroy our thinking. Right now in our country everyone is fearing for the future, but to those in the household of faith & grace there’s no need to fear because our day of rescue is coming ! There’s seven billion people or so on earth right now and that number is growing but only 2 billion or so have heard the Gospel of Grace. So there’s no time to fear as soon as those 5 billion or so hear it. The Bridesgroom is coming for his Glorious Church !!!
    andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

    • I completely agree. We should be the strongest and wisest in this hour because so much of public discourse is ruled by fear. Since we aren’t subject to this temporal realm, we can rise up in His truth and love and victory to see the world experience His greatness! Thanks Andrew.