This is a two-part post…
- Curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil (second part)
- Our area of authority (first part)
The current post begins here…
We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you. – 2 Cor 10:13
Paul was asserting his right to speak to and maintain influence over the “area of authority” which God had assigned to him.
14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. – 2 Cor 5:14
and his hope was to build them up
8 For even if I boast a little too much ofour authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you – 2 Cor 5:8
to increase their faith, and through them to enlarge the area of influence so that Paul can preach the gospel to still MORE people
But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you – 2 Cor 5:15
My question to you is this… what is the AREA over which God has assigned authority to you? Is it your home? Your children?
It might be more than just that… who does He ask you to pray for? Does He ask you to pray for the surrounding areas around your house? Your city? Foreign nations? The world?
Paul said he had authority over Corinth because he had established that church there. You might not have established a church, but God has assigned an area of influence to you.
Like Paul, we must be conscious of our area of influence and we must develop a plan to actively influence that area. How did Paul pray for the area – in this case the city of Corinth – he tore down strongholds in prayer, he tore down arguments against the knowledge of God, he tore down lofty opinions against the knowledge of God, he took thoughts captive to Jesus Christ.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. – 2 Cor 5:3-6
The key concept to understand is that Paul did not tear down arguments by using still more arguments. Look again…
we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. – 2 Cor 5:3-4
Paul was fighting for that area by using spiritual weapons with divine power… these kinds of weapons are all related to the gospel of Jesus Christ… faith, prayer, words of prophecy and preaching…
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes – Rom 1:16
So in the light of this… let me ask you again… what area of authority or influence has God assigned to YOU? Let us begin tearing down the strongholds using out spiritual weapons which has divine power.
In prayer begin to seek a vision for how things could be, rather than how they are. Like Paul, our goal is to build up and not to destroy. Also like Paul our goal is to increase people’s faith. Through prayer develop a vision of how things can be and then intercede day by day, step by step, until that vision comes to pass in your God given area of authority.
Yes there will be ups and downs. Remember to take time to rest and recuperate. The enemy’s kingdom has been built over 6,000 years and it was pulled down on the cross in one single day. But now it’s your job to receive that truth, to make the Lord’s prayer “on Earth as it is in Heaven” a reality here.
Jesus Christ has done it, now you get to receive it.
Would you like to intercede for peace in your home, city, country or in the world? All you need to do is get a map of the area you want to pray for and get this list of scriptures (or download the MS Word version) and speak each scripture out over the area you are praying for. Do it at least once a day, day after day, until you can see the change manifesting around you. As Jesus Christ prayed “Thy Kingdom come, on Earth as it is in Heaven” and you make this happen by believing what the bible says that Jesus Christ did on His cross. It’s as easy as that.