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Dutch Sheets: "Partnering in Authority - Who is Ruling Your World?"

Dutch Sheets
Apr 27, 2017


April 27, 2017

"Partnering in Authority - Who is Ruling Your World?"
by Dutch Sheets, Dallas, TX

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzAs I read this word through Dutch Sheets, I was surprised to realize I'd never quite thought about the authority we carry – at least not in this way…

Look, from the time we were children or baby Christians, we've been taught to "give everything over to God," and "put GOD IN CHARGE OF EVERYTHING in your life."

Right? Drummed into us, correct?

And yet, we can miss the very important principle that with God living in us, nothing will be impossible. We have authority to RULE and REIGN with Christ. With Christ, we still are the CEO's of our own lives. Never without the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of course, but remember we are to RULE NOW as we reign with Christ now!

So who is in charge?

Hmm…now that makes the question more interesting, doesn't it?

This is a great time to dig in and drill down into this great word and teaching by Dutch.

And by all means, isn't it time you took authority in many areas of your life?

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"Partnering in Authority - Who is Ruling Your World?"
by Dutch Sheets, Dallas, TX


Who is ruling your world?

This question is vital to understanding our authority in prayer. But before we can apply the principle of authority to prayer, it is important to fully understand the meaning and purpose of authority itself.

The understanding of authority dives straight into the question, "Who's in charge?" It's a question that has been at the heart of conflict since the beginning. Even now, your outer world fights to have authority over you on a daily basis. It might be your job, or your family, your finances, or something completely different altogether. Whatever the case, living in bondage to your external world was never God's intention for you. You have been called to live under the rule of Christ, and consequently, to rule and reign over the earth in partnership with Him.

This principle is a governmental issue. To govern means "to influence, to exercise authority, to stand in superiority". This means when we pray with authority, we are interceding in a governmental capacity. And this idea of governmental authority is found throughout the Bible. From before the Garden of Eden, the question of "Who will rule?" has been an integral part of the conversation. Lucifer asked this question when he tried to exercise authority over God, and it was the beginning of a struggle that we still face today – good or evil, life or death, truth or deception.

While we know God is ultimately victorious over satan, He has still given us the opportunity to triumph over evil on a personal basis, so that we can partner with Him, governing the earth in truth and righteousness. You were created with a nature to do just this. We are called to reign in life through Jesus Christ. In Romans 5:17, the word "reign" speaks of ruling as a king or queen."

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9, NASB). We have been chosen to reign with Him. It is our responsibility to learn to have authority in prayer and to exercise governmental intercession.

The degree to which you allow Christ into your inner world is the degree to which you will have authority over your outer world. In Acts 19, the Sons of Sceva (seven sons of a Jewish high priest) intended to exercise the authority of Jesus over those who were afflicted by evil spirits. They would try to cast out the darkness "by Jesus whom Paul proclaims...and the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?" (Acts 19:13, 15). They tried to use the authority of Christ without surrendering their lives to Him first, and their prayers were rendered completely ineffective.

In the same way, your life will be a clear indicator of the depth of relationship you carry with Christ. Do you walk in peace and joy, or are you as stressed out as unbelievers around you? Is your family thriving? Are you living a lifestyle of prayer, or do you simply speak of its power from a distance?

Having authority over darkness and despair is in your spiritual DNA. You were made to have life more abundantly, through Jesus, living in victory over those things that seek to steal, kill, and destroy you (John 10:10). Satan will do everything he can to hinder your assignment, and it is up to you to recognize his plan and overcome the works of the enemy - not just saying that you are an overcomer, but living a life that is spilling over with the evidence of the authority and power you carry.

As you dive into the idea of authority over that which seeks to rule you, be challenged – take some time to examine your private world – your thoughts, your actions, your words. Decide if these things reflect the nature of your identity as a son or daughter of the King. As you move in this personal level of authority, you will be amazed to see how much He blesses your authority over your extended world – your home, your job, your finances. And, as is the ultimate goal, you will begin to partner with Him on a level you perhaps never dreamed possible, exercising influence and authority in your universal world. It's important to know that not only does He want you to partner with Him; He needs your partnership to accomplish His purposes on the earth. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)

(This teaching concept is derived from chapter one of Authority in Prayer by Dutch Sheets.)

Dutch Sheets
Dutch Sheets Ministries

Email: click here
Website: www.dutchsheets.org 

Dutch Sheets is an internationally recognized author, teacher, and conference speaker. He travels extensively, empowering Believers for passionate prayer and societal transformation. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the board of directors of numerous organizations. Dutch's greatest passion is to see America experience a sweeping revival and return to its godly heritage. Dutch is a messenger of hope for America, encouraging Believers to contend for awakening in our day and reformation in our lifetime. Dutch has written over 20 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. Dutch and his wife Ceci have been married for 35 years and now reside in the Dallas area. They treasure time spent with their two grown daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren.

Dutch Sheets' Itinerary:

April 28-29, 2017 (Fri 7pm/Sat 9am)
Grace Pointe Church
1605 Baker Blvd, Carthage, MO

April 29-30, 2017 (Sat 7pm/Sun 10am)
Living Word Outreach
3033 S Hillside, Wichita, KS 67216

May 5, 2017 (7pm)
Awakening Church
3445 Oro Blanco Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80917

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