Growing up, if you had siblings and/or cousins living with you in the same household, you probably had those times when one of them would try to “prank” you into doing something by telling you your mom , dad or another adult in the house said you should. They knew that if they simply asked you to do whatever it was they wanted, you would likely say NO. But if the request or order purportedly came from someone in a place of authority over you, then you would have no choice but to comply.
Even in school as students or in the work place, when we hear that there is some new policy or a change in something from what it used to be, our first response is usually to ask “who said so?” We want to know the source of the information. Generally, the higher up the authority chain the source is, the more valid the information is perceived.
Again if there are conflicting streams of information, we know that what comes from the higher authority supersedes all else. Along similar lines, when there is a policy or decision/verdict that is not in our favor and we seek to have it changed or overturned, we appeal to a higher authority. In life, we recognize that ultimately, what holds depends on who is enforcing it based on the authority they wield.
Daily, we are bombarded by messages directly and indirectly from circumstances, people, your past, your feelings, media outlets, etc. Messaging that tell us that we are - not good enough, inadequate, can’t achieve the dreams in our hearts, sick, lack resources, incompetent, a disappointment, afraid, weak, and so on. But just like it is in everyday life, let our first response be “who said so?”
And knowing the One who occupies the position of greatest authority; the One who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords; the One who declares a thing and ensures that it comes to pass - let our confidence be in the truth that anything that He says trumps what any other authority comes up with.
In a nutshell: Always in life, we are faced with conflicting reports about who we are, what we have and what we can and/ should do. So many “voices” try to tell us through different media all that we are supposedly not, cannot/ should not be, cannot/ should not do, and cannot/ should not have. But God says otherwise - whose report shall you believe? Find out what His report (His word) says, and learn to question “who said so?” God is the final authority.
. . . He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
[Ephesians 1: 20b- 23 NKJV]
To do: Don’t just accept anything you are told or read. Find out what God says and stand your ground on it.
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