4 Surprising Keys to Kingdom Authority

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12, NKJV)

To those who have longed to see the ‘greater works’ Jesus spoke of.

I believe the Holy Spirit is healing many, through these insights from Jesus’ words and example today.

Inadequacy is being broken off.
Weights of responsibility are being removed.
Faith and joy is being released!

The works, miracles and power Jesus moved in are not far off: they exist in the here and now.

And stepping into them is simpler than we’ve ever imagined.

4 Surprising Keys to Kingdom Authority

1. Be a Novice in the New

“When [Jesus] had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4, NKJV)

When it comes to fishing, Peter is an expert.
And yet, when he obeys a new instruction from Jesus—one that contradicts his knowledge and experience—it results in an overflow harvest in his fishing business. (Luke 5:5-7)

The miracles of Scripture take place in the realm of the new—when God’s people obey fresh instructions from Him.

Being a ‘novice in the new’ is about the attitude of being a learner in God’s Kingdom. [1]

  • Having room to grow.

It’s going to cost us our comfort, because to be a ‘novice in the new’ means admitting we don’t know everything.
That we don’t have it all together.
Realizing that God’s power is released in the realm of the new.

It takes being open to receive and act on new insights from the Holy Spirit. Fresh instructions from Heaven.

Because God’s will has never been done this way before.

Welcome to the learning curve.

2. Be a Child in Your Father’s Kingdom

Jesus sends out seventy followers, with simple instructions.
They are to go out in pairs, with Jesus’ delegated authority to heal the sick and share the good news of the Kingdom.

They return overflowing with excitement!
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (Luke 10:17)

Jesus responds,
“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.” (Luke 10:21 NIV).

Jesus rejoices that His Father makes the authority of the Kingdom available to those who are as little children.

And it’s the Father’s pleasure to do this! 

The Greek word used here is nepios, and is also translated ‘babes’. It is used symbolically, to mean untaught and unskilled. (Strong’s G3516)

Unprecedented displays of God’s power.
Kingdom authority.

  • It doesn’t come to those whose have nothing to learn, but to those who have everything to learn

Children of a generous Father.

Children are Learners

One of the distinctive traits of children is curiosity.

  • The ability to imitate without shame [2]
  • Trying new things out, without fear of failure

May this be unleashed in you today.

Be inspired by the group of seventy Jesus sent out to share the Gospel: there is more to discover and learn!

Their simple key to Kingdom exploits was this: Do what Jesus does. Obey what Jesus says. And love as Jesus loves.

3. Stoop Low to Step Up

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

‘Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them’

See Jesus with a small child.
Perhaps, He stands with a hand on the boy’s shoulder.
Or maybe He is crouched down, alongside the child.
In the midst of a dozen loud, aspiring men.

Now, Jesus says,

“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven…’

(Matt 18:1-5, NKJV)

‘Humble yourself’.
The word Jesus uses means to make low, to bring low. (Strong’s G5013)

In today’s culture, we are used to advancement coming through stepping up:

  • Always feeling as though we must raise the bar, personally, in leadership and life, to go to the next level

Sometimes, we think God is raising the bar, when He is actually lowering it.

And we’ve got to get down on our hands and knees.
To humble ourselves to get into that place He is inviting us to occupy.
To get low.

4. Be Both Lamb and Lion

As royal sons and daughters, we are growing in our likeness of the ‘Lion of Judah’. [3]
Yet, there is also something our Father wants to give us, that we cannot receive with the boldness of a lion.

  • It will take the humility and simplicity of a lamb

Jesus is calling forth both lion and lamb in us, as we seek the fullness of God’s Kingdom.

Jesus said of Himself,

‘…the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.’ (John 10:3, NKJV)

Jesus knows your name, and He calls you by name!
Right there is the wonder and the glory of God’s Kingdom, in personal relationship.
And willing obedience.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is Gone

It is as ‘Shepherd of the Sheep’ that Jesus says
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32 NKJV)

In this short, simple statement, Jesus reveals this:

  • The fear of missing out on God’s Kingdom comes from an orphan mindset
  • The key to receiving the Kingdom is found in simple, child-like, lamb-like, trust

You know that God is your Father, and you are loved,  favored and approved by Him.

And that is enough.


[1] See the earlier article, ‘Novices in the New: God Has a New Normal For You’

[2]Paul wrote: ‘Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us…’ (Eph 5:1-2a, NKJV)

The word translated imitators, or followers in other translations, is mimetes, which comes from a word meaning to mimic, or imitate (Strong’s G3402, G3401).

[3] Jesus is both the ‘Lion of Judah’ and the ‘Lamb of God’. See Revelation 5:5-6

[4] Luke records 2 times the disciples had the ‘who’s the greatest’ argument: Luke 9:46, Luke 22:24

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