Increasing Our Authority

22 Feb

The question is, “How can we increase our influence and authority?”  I believe it can be reduced down to these simple insights

Three values to increase true authority

1. Possess a contagious ‘fever’ (have the presence of God on us)
      Infects them beyond their understanding and will
      Make ‘em jealous – awaken desire in them for what we possess
2. Acquire a track record of ‘trophies’ of effectiveness
      Testimonies help to establish our credibility
Creates faith for it to happen again

3. Be a giver!  Serve!
      Service and sacrifice with and for people grants us access and authority in their lives

Three values to increase true authority –

  1. Possess a contagious ‘fever’In the Sonlight!
    Moses may have said it best in Ex 33:15, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.”  In the world of real estate, it’s all about ‘Location, location, location’.  In Kingdom realities, it’s all about His Presence, His Presence, His Presence.  Another way of saying it, “We ain’t nuthin’ without His presence.”  Moses went on to say in verse 16, “How will anyone know that you look favorably on me–on me and on your people–if you don’t go with us?  For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”  The power of His presence is so winsome and so impacting that it sometimes creates desire in others even when their minds are resistant.  That’s because when someone meets their Creator, his spirit-man awakens and overrides his soul and body.  This is so completely satisfying… and proves the transcending influence of the love and presence of God. 

    His presence not only distinguishes us, but it creates ‘jealousy’ in those who see the favor and benefits that come with His presence.   This is a holy jealousy… a God inspired jealousy.  You see, it’s His delight to give us His glory so that we look better than just mere humans.  Question: What really and deeply changes lives?  Is it our perfection?  Or is it our infection?  True Christianity… the Jesus type of Christianity, is designed to be real to the point that it’s contagious and desired.  After all, He is the “Desire of all nations.” – Hag 2:7

  1. Acquire a track record of ‘trophies’
    Testimonies are our ‘business card’.  Testimonies of His Presence are our proof that this Kingdom reality is valid and relevant.  They are our pedigree… or calling card… our door opener.  They help validate our message and our lives.  Testimonies also create faith that it can happen again in the lives of those who hear the testimony.
  1. Be a giver!  Serve!
    Giving and serving invests in the ‘soil’ of another person’s heart.  It tells them that we care… we care enough to stop the locomotive of our own world, in favor of their world.  This can be more impacting than words.  Our investments into their hearts and lives are just another expression of Jesus’ desire to show His care to the world.  Make everyone’s life richer because they are around us.  Increase their value! 

    In the world’s systems it’s possible to buy earthly power over others with money, position, intimidation, leverage, etc.  But this is not to be mistaken for true authority.  Unearned power over someone may grant you temporary compliance from them, but that compliance is rarely from their hearts.  When you wield a position of control it signals that they would be better served to yield to you… at least for now.  But when push comes to shove, they will revolt… or they will bolt.  Earthly power only brings temporary compliance.

    Jesus modeled influence and true authority by serving, spending time with, washing feet, feeding, healing, etc.  This granted Him an inroad into their hearts, which motivated people to willingly let Him ‘write’ upon their hearts.  (Think Zacchaeus)  This method fosters radical transformation at the heart level.

    Earthly power only gains temporary compliance.  True authority is transformational and has eternal impact.

As we practice these three values, we will be granted welcomed access into people’s lives.  And as we walk honorably in their lives they will give us more license to ‘write’ upon their hearts.  God’s heart is thus modeled and conveyed on earth.

Here’s a little incentive program straight from the Throne — Heaven is eager to “strongly support those whose hearts are completely His.” – II Chron 16:9


11 Responses to “Increasing Our Authority”

  1. Brian S February 23, 2016 at 2:07 AM #

    Wonderful ! Thank you 🙂

    • Mark Hendrickson February 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

      Brian We’re on a good track. The Lord is helping us to lengthen our cords and stretch out our tent pegs by simply Abiding and Giving. It still boils down to Jesus’ 2 great commandments. 1. Love the Lord with all your heart (so our soul/lives becomes more and more conformed into His image)… and 2. Love our neighbor as ourselves (give away all the goodness). So simple. It only requires that we love Him more than our own agendas. He’s so good!!

  2. sims Karen February 23, 2016 at 2:38 PM #

    Mark, the new message was very timely….it encourages us in our witness here as we meet new friends. thanks. Karen/Dave

    • Mark Hendrickson February 23, 2016 at 9:36 PM #

      Karen and Dave, you both are easy and gracious and winsome… mix that with some Presence and that’s a an irresistible package. More Presence to you!!!! Love you, Mark

  3. Mel Wild February 23, 2016 at 3:25 PM #

    Oh, you got some pure gold here, brother! Loved all the points. May have to print this out for future reference. 🙂

    I loved this line… “What really and deeply changes lives? Is it our perfection? Or is it our infection?” Amen! May our affection be an infection!

    • Mark Hendrickson February 23, 2016 at 9:47 PM #

      I’ve often said, “If you want to be a good leader you must be a student of the heart.” We must study God’s heart, our heart, and others’ hearts… watch to see what makes a heart tick. What opens up a heart. What shuts it down. What makes our heart ask for more. What makes our heart say “back-off”. This is powerful schooling for all leaders.

      All human hearts are hard wired to respond to His presence. It’s the “Daddy!!!” syndrome. Everyone wants to be loved by their daddy. So when we carry Daddy’s presence well, the scales are already tipped in our favor. People’s hearts are already predispositioned to want Him. Funny how God made it easy for us to be successful if we just do it His way.

      So much of what’s in this post is a distillation of a life study of hearts. Sad to say, some of what we learn is from what we’ve done wrong, but God is so good that He mercifully redeems us from even ourselves. Makes us love Him even more.

      • Mel Wild February 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM #

        Amen! Good distillation here. Good Daddy schooling…so we can learn to carry His heart. Then people will see our Father’s eyes looking at them when they see us.

  4. Theresa Turnbull February 24, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

    What a good and helpful teaching. Thank you.
    Sure looking forward to Friday and Saturday at WPC. My whole being absolutely anticipates the exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think time.

    Joy in Jesus,
    Theresa Turnbull -Chaplain / Activity Director
    GSS Comforcare – Austin, MN

    • Mark Hendrickson February 24, 2016 at 1:57 PM #

      We’re gonna have a great time! Reaching into the future. Moving beyond yesterday. Status quo is not acceptable. The old ‘normal’ is not OK. We must apprehend that for which we’ve been apprehended! We did that yesterday… and it was good for then… now we’re going for the ‘new’. See you Friday.

  5. Scott Phipps February 26, 2016 at 12:49 PM #

    Agree, agree! Nicely put my friend.

    • Mark Hendrickson February 29, 2016 at 1:46 PM #

      Spoken from one ‘giver’ to another… Living life for something/Someone bigger than ourselves. Thanks Scott

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