How to Develop Spiritual Authority
It is Your Journey; no one else can take it. Along the way, you discover for yourself and choose to reveal your uniqueness, your purpose, and your place to those who journey with you. God has called you to be in this time and place in history. God’s purpose for us is to create authority in the world around us and give it back to Him.
When you choose to be life giving to those around you and do not default to your weakness you gain authority. Very simply, do not ever let anything pass by you that you know is wrong without speaking about it. The result is not up to you, speaking or addressing it is.
For example, let us say you are on an airplane sitting on an aisle seat. A very loud person comes down the aisle and makes a nasty comment about the person sitting right across the aisle from you, then takes a seat next to you. Do you stay in your comfort zone and keep reading your magazine or find some way to addressing it by speaking up about it or moving because of it?
Do you step in where one child is bullying another or ignore it? Are you taking your authority? Do you let people know where the authority is?
As each year passes, it is a good thing to reflect on your spiritual authority, where you were, where you are, and where you are going. Regardless of uncertainty, fear, and unsettling headlines, the pages of the calendar continue to turn.
In addition, they will until God says otherwise!
You learn to move with intent and purpose to find where you are and then decide what you need to do to get to the next level and the next and then keep growing. Spiritual Authority is speaking out when you know something is wrong. Speaking is yours the result is not. This authority will grow and can never be taken from you.
At any given time in your journey you are either a shepherd or one of the sheep; the goal is to keep moving. Do you see yourself in the sheep and/or in the shepherd mode? What does it look like for you?
Our journey will include times of joy and peace and times of trauma and chaos. We can easily function in the season of joy and peace, but it is difficult to know what to do in trauma and chaos unless you prepare for it.
Take the time to reflect and look at your life, know your purpose, step into your place, know where you are going and act like yourself all the time. That is maturity.
We use a “Mentoring Map” to record a starting place and then track your progress toward your God-given purpose.