Apostolic Authority to Declare His Decrees
A Third Day Church Looks Like the First Day Church – only more glorious!
The Third Day is a day (a period of time) of restoration — Hos. 6:2; Acts 3:21
Restore = revival, restore to life, quicken. When something revived it has been alive, is dead and needs to be revived. Restore means to bring to the original condition – it has fallen into disrepair or ruin and in order to restore it, what is there needs to be dismantled and then rebuilt. The restored condition is better than the original.
How does this revival or restoration happen? The Lord of Glory comes and breathes His life into the Church – His Body. He performs CPR. You cannot revive yourself, just as you cannot perform CPR on yourself.
In Hos. 6:2, God said He will revive us, He will raise us up.
Hag 2:7 & 9 — “I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.” ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts.” “The silver is Mine, the gold is Mine” – there is provision to build the Lord’s house
The church – all of it’s ministries (ministry gifts, especially the apostles and prophets, as well as the believer’s ministry), gifts of the Spirit, it’s glory, power and authority are being restored
The apostolic mantle as well as the ministry gift of the apostle is being restored to the Church. This stage of restoration, reformation and revelation concerning the apostolic ministry today is in its infancy! Keep this in mind. More understanding is coming – hour by hour
The word apostle literally means “sent one”, a messenger sent with a message
An apostle is one called by God, set apart by God and sent by God – commissioned with a message and ministry. The apostle is one commissioned (sent) and authorized by the one who sends, to represent the one who sends, to carry out the sender’s will and purposes. The “Sent one” is ONE with the one who sent him.
Jesus is the first example in the New Testament of the ministry of the Apostle; Peter, James, John, Paul are the other primary examples in the New Testament of the ministry gift of the apostle.
When the Church was born on the day of Pentecost, the “apostolic mantle” was released over the whole Church.
The Church is “one Body”, and has one Head, therefore this apostolic mantle or spirit or anointing came down from the Head and was over the whole Church, it was a divine impartation of the Spirit of God.
The purpose of God was to call out and separate a people [the Church (ekklesia)] for Himself; setting it apart or calling it out of the kingdom of darkness into His own Kingdom, and then “sending” the members of the Body with a message and ministry.
He did this supernaturally by His own power, according to His own purpose. This is what the apostolic is all about!
The Church is being commissioned, commanded, and sent out with a message and a ministry.
Its message is to preach (proclaim or declare) the Kingdom in authority and power. Not in word only, but in a demonstration of Power! “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” 1 Cor 4:20
We are sent with the full power and authority of the One Who Sends, that His sent ones, His representatives, will establish His rule in the earth!
The apostolic ministry is characterized by God-given power and authority to establish the Kingdom of God in the earth, by representing the King, declaring the message of the King, and administering the rule of the Kingdom in the earth.
The work of the apostolic is to preach the Kingdom (it is understood that if you are talking about the Kingdom, you are talking about the King it represents. This is Jesus. The Kingdom is His.)
The apostolic Church today has exactly the same purpose and the same characteristics of the Church in Acts — to proclaim the message of the King and the Kingdom (the gospel), and see the message confirmed and established with signs wonders and miracles; the apostolic Church builds, edifies and establishes the Kingdom of God in sound doctrine and the power of the Spirit according the plan of the Architect – Jesus.
Eph 2:19-22 -Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone,
21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (NKJ)
1 Cor 3:10-11 – According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (NKJ)
This is not about us – what the King and/or the Kingdom can do for us! It is all about Him. It is about delighting in the will of God, and delighting in doing the will of God. God’s will becomes the central focus of our life.
Apostolic Authority – to establish His Kingdom
Authority = the right to exercise power; the power of rule or government; the lawful right to enforce obedience; power.
There are four realms of Authority where believers must learn to function
1. We must take authority over our own flesh, our spirit by the Holy Spirit ruling every thought, purpose and action to the glory of God
2. We must submit to God’s Authority, the Lordship of Jesus, the Word of God, to the Holy Spirit
James 4:6-7 — But He gives more grace (grace = His power & ability). Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace (His power and ability) to the humble. Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
We submit to the Holy Spirit, to the Word of God, the Jesus the head of the Church
3. We must submit to the delegated or constituted authority – Submit to Leaders, employees to employers, husband & wife, to our government, and to spiritual leaders — Heb 13:17
Example: Numbers 12:1-16
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) Suddenly the LORD said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. Then the LORD came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. Then He said, “Hear now My words: if there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. And speak to him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” So the anger of the LORD was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. “Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!” So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!” Then the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and after that she may be received again.” So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey on till Miriam was brought in again.
4. Submit to one another out of respect, reverence, (fear) or love for God –
Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:5-6
Personal internal rebellion defiles the expression of divine order. Our soul (flesh, mind, will and emotions) must be subjected to the Lordship of Christ. The spirit of man, indwelt by the Spirit of God must rise and rule our lives. The nature of Christ manifests in us and through us. Rebellion is lawlessness, which is also defined as iniquity, which is sin.
Humility is the antidote for rebellion and a key to functioning in the authority that is ours through Christ, which then releases the power of God – Jesus willingly humbled Himself to the will of His Father; He took upon Himself flesh (The Word became flesh. The Word (the Living Word) is once again taking on flesh (the Church, His body).
We must humble ourselves under the mighty hand (power, authority) of God; and take on humility in relation to one another. James 4:10 & 1 Peter 5:6
We must get the revelation of the strength and power of humility ……
Only as humility is developed in our lives (character) will we have power with God and the power of God operative in our lives.
In humility, we have power over our flesh and the devil, only then neither the flesh or the devil has access in our lives! This is the pathway to power and freedom.
HUMILITY — A freedom from arrogance that grows out of the recognition that all we have and are comes from God. A humble person, focuses more on God and others than on himself. It is a total dependence on the Lord. “Without Him I can do nothing: I am nothing, yet, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, power and ability.”
Biblical humility is also a recognition that by ourselves we are inadequate, without dignity and worthless. Yet, because we are created in God’s image and because believers are in Christ, we have infinite worth and dignity (1 Cor. 4:6-7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). True humility does not produce pride but gratitude. Since God is both our Creator and Redeemer, our existence and righteousness depend on Him (John 15:5; Acts 17:28; Eph. 2:8-10).
To the degree that we are humble before God (and to one another) is the degree in which the authority to build, to establish, to execute judgment, work miracles, etc. will manifest.
Great humility = great authority. You can’t have one without the other. If the character of the Lamb is not developed, the apostolic authority (Lion) will not function as Jesus functioned in the power (dunamis) to carry out the plans and purposes of His Father and establish the kingdom.
The person who does not submit themselves to the government of God, the Lordship of Jesus, this person lacks the ability to govern and exercise any real authority over the region in which they live.
Authority is given by God to the Church to establish His kingdom on earth, and to function in His place, doing His works, ruling over the devil.
Matt.29:18, Luke 10:19-20; Ps. 91:13; Mark 16:18; Rom. 16:20; Rev. 10-11
Authority is the right to rule – We are to rule in the midst of our enemies – both internal (strongholds in our soul, weaknesses of the flesh, carnal nature, sin) and external enemies (thoughts Satan brings against the mind, his attacks, and men controlled by Satan and flesh who oppose God and/or us)
Ps 110:2 — The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! (NKJ)
“I have indeed called you to rule in the midst of your enemies, but many do not yet understand that you must first rule in the midst of your mind, emotions and will. Your soul must come under the rule of the Spirit. Your first assignment is to take dominion over yourself by exercising self-control. You will never rule outwardly until you rule inwardly. I tell you the truth;
strife, contention, debate, and division are the result of pride. (James 4:6-7) Refuse to allow those enemies to have any place in you. Chase the enemy out of your own temple first, for surely judgment begins in the house of the Lord, (1 Peter 4:17) which house you are. Eradicate all that is unclean, for I have called you to be a house of prayer, a house of My purposes.” Marsha Burns – June 30, 2001
Become “Self-governing” – ruling your own house (your body is the temple of the Holy Sprit)
Functioning in apostolic authority to work signs and wonders, to take territories, and have dominion over principalities and powers, over the atmosphere, all depends on being governed internally by the Holy Spirit.
The Lordship of Jesus means we are subjected to His authority, to His Word, His will, etc. It means being controlled by the Holy Spirit – governed and guided, taught, and obedient to His commands – not my will …
Jesus was subjected to His Father, therefore he functioned in great power – His words had authority (exousia) which released the power of God (dunamis). (Mark 14:36; John 5:30, 6:38-40)
31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths.
32 And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.
33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,
34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are– the Holy One of God!”
35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.
36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority (exousia) and power (dunamis) He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”
Authority was given to Jesus by the Father, then He gave authority to us. This authority (the right to rule) is not for our benefit – it is so that we can act in the place of Jesus
Matt 28:18 — And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (NKJ)
1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (NKJ)
Our apostolic prayer is not simply the exercise of uttering prayers like the Pharisees did, but it is an expression of the rule of God in the earth manifested through our lives individually and our local church corporately.
Only self-governed people can truly express the government of God.
Prov 25:28 – Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (NIV)
Prov 25:28 – Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
Prov 16:32 – he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
1 Tim 3:4-5 – one who rules (manages, govern) his own house (body, life) well, having his children in submission with all reverence
(for if a man does not know how to rule (manage) his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); (NKJ)
This principle of authority functions on every level: self, family, church, work, government
All demonic powers operate through thinking patterns in the people they control. There is no activity of a principality in the heavens without the active outworking of a principle upon the earth.
The strength of apostolic warfare is in the dismantling of long entrenched oppositional mindsets. (2 Cor. 10:3-5) Apostolic warfare pulls down strongholds and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
When through powerful preaching, apostolic impartation, and the accompanying acts of God, these patterns are broken, people are set free to be shaped into a new activity by the power of truth they have received.
This is how both Jesus and Paul preached and ministered. This is how the kingdom of God is established first in our lives, then the church, then in the earth to the glory of God.
Declaring the Decrees
Ps 96:3 – Declare His glory among the nations, his wonders among all peoples. (NKJ)
21 ‘Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.
22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; you will remove iniquity far from your tents.
24 Then you will lay your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver;
26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God.
27 You will make your prayer to Him, he will hear you, and you will pay your vows.
28 You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways. (light = make glorious, set on fire, illumination, lightening, bright clear, sun. Same word as in Is. 60:1, “Arise, shine for your light has come …. )
29 When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person.
A decree is speaking forth with faith and power (authority) what God has ordained. It starts with God, but we must declare it in the earth – Luke 11:2 “When you pray, say , “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Apostolically we must declare His decree – His dominion, His power, His authority, His rule, His kingdom, His glory and see it established on the earth as it is in heaven! This happens as we pray and as we worship – example in Revelation, see the activity around the throne of God – they are continually declaring and proclaiming His dominion, His power, His honor, His glory, His authority. The same is true in the Church – the prayer of the church in Acts 4:23-37
We must operate in strong creative faith (bringing forth His will by the word of His power) in bringing forth things that have not yet manifested in the earth.
A decree is a command. We must have faith in the creative power of our words. We must believe in our hearts that we speak accurately the Word of God. We must believe within ourselves that the things we say will be birthed into the earth. We operate in the creative power of God.
Declaring Apostolic/Prophetic decrees, in prayer and in worship requires strict purity in person, motives and relationships. The biblical law is that our standing before God depends on our standing with others. If we do not forgive, the Father will not forgive us.
It also requires that our lives – our spirit, soul and body is submitted and under the authority of our King, Jesus!
Apostolically, we must declare His decree – His dominion, His power, His authority, His rule, His kingdom, His glory and see it established on the earth as it is in heaven! But in order for those decrees to stand, to build, and to establish the will of God on this earth, we must be submitted to God’s authority so that He will back those decrees with His power (dunamis).
Ezra – the building activity comes form the decrees that are uttered both by the people of God and the agents of Satan. The book of Ezra is a warfare of decrees. The issue concerns which decree will stand. In the end it is the decree of Darius released in agreement with the earlier decrees of Cyrus that causes the work to be finished (Ezra 6). The day of building is the day of strong decrees.
Micah 7:11 says, “In the day when your walls are to be built; in that day the decree shall go far and wide.” Another translation is, “the boundary shall be extended”. The related ideas of apostolic building, extending boundaries and the urgent and penetrative release of the decrees of governmental prayer are linked here. The enemy will attempt to intimidate us into silence and to shake our confidence to make us uncertain by any means possible.
Miscellaneous Scriptures pertaining to decrees:
4 And as they (Paul & Timothy) went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.
5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. (NKJ)
7 “I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (NKJ)
17 ‘This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.’ (NKJ)
24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: (KJV)
26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; his kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. (NKJ)
10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, (NKJ)