Many people who confess themselves as believers, Christians, and even as evangelicals, are unaware of the authority we have in Jesus’ name. The teaching left by the account of Jesus’ rebuking of the wind and the water storm that had risen as He and His apostolic band crossed the lake of Genezareth (Luke 8:24), teaches us that through faith in the name of Jesus, those who are submitted to His Lordship are attributed the authority to also “rebuke” the spiritual storms that Satan sends against them. On that same occasion Jesus established the teaching in the following words: And he said unto them, What is your faith?
In the teaching of when Jesus asks His disciples about Who do men say the Son of Man is? (Matthew 16:13), Jesus again established the same teaching, this time in the following terms: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. The teaching was not directed exclusively to Peter, it was a universal teaching, the expression: upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (verse 18), confirms it; Jesus builds upon the confession of faith that recognizes His Lordship.
The Gospel is not a theoretical statement, the confession of faith in Jesus is not just to identify religious nomination, nor to convert those who confess His name in nominal believers; the Gospel is the attribution of divine authority by which the man of faith establishes the Kingdom of God on earth, dismantles the kingdom of darkness, and proclaims on earth that the time has come for men and women of faith to proclaim the Truth of freedom in Jesus, otherwise the apostle Paul would not have established among his teachings that a man and woman of faith “can do all things in the name of Jesus who strengthens us” (Philippians 4: 13)
To be a believer means to act according to convictions, it is not only about confessing a belief, to be a believer is to act according to the faith appropriation of what the Spirit of God reveals through the Lord’s teaching; therefore believers are the ones who establish God’s Word through their acts, it is the only biblical way to evangelize, and to establish the Truth of Heaven on earth.
What is stopping you? What is preventing you from growing spiritually?