[Column] Use the Language of Command and Authority

Use the Language of Command and Authority

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

A leader must be able to use the language of command and authority. After creating man, God gave him a privilege. That was to name animals, plants, and all living things. The names such as tiger, eagle, and lion were made as Adam commanded. God gave enormous authority to man’s words.  In Mark chapter 11, there is a story of Jesus Christ cursing a fig tree. Despite the fact that it was not the season for fruit, Jesus Christ cursed the tree upon seeing nothing but its leaves and the tree eventually withered. As people were amazed, Jesus said, “ For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he said.” This story has a special message in which Jesus says to us, “If you command in your own words with faith, your command will come true as I cursed a fig tree and it withered.”

I want to look into how to pray with the power of faith. There are five steps to faithful prayer. When praying for healing, we can first petition to God saying, “God. Heal me.” The second step is to acknowledge in faith, “God. I believe you’ll heal me.” The third step is to command, “In the name of Jesus Christ, be healed of all diseases.” The fourth step is to believe that healing has been completed and declare it in perfect present tense, “I’ve already been healed.” In the world of the third dimension, there is time, which consists of past, present, and future. In the world of the fourth dimension, however, there is no linear time but faith only. The fifth step is to thank God for the healing you have already received in the statement, “I thank you that you have healed me.” These five steps comprise powerful prayer in faith.

A person with power and authority does not beseech. He neither begs nor implores. A person with power and authority just commands and what he says is done. Jesus Christ who has all authority in heaven and on earth has entrusted you such power and authority. Then we as the children of God have been given the power and authority. We must understand such power and use it wisely.

In sickness, commanding using the authority of Christ is as important as taking medicine. A while back, I had a cold accompanied by throat discomfort. I laid my hand on my throat and declared, “By the blood of Jesus Christ, throat will no longer hurt. Throat discomfort will disappear.” I woke the next day and pain and discomfort were gone. We must understand and be able to use the power God has given us. 1 Peter 4:11 reads, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.” Also in Proverbs 18:21, it says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Your words can bring grief and sickness in others’ hearts. In married couples, hurting a partner with words is more destructive than stabbing him or her with a knife. When you work together with others at workplace, you must avoid idle talk. A leader at all times must be the messenger of hope. Please consult your language. You have to examine and see if your language is the language of God.

In forging intimate relationships with your spouse, children, parents, and people from workplace and church, the words you speak must be the words of God. If you have a God-given dream, declare it as God has commanded you. When you look at others, consider God’s plan for them and bless them with prophetic words. Encourage them. Look at their future potential, not the present situation. Acknowledge and declare their dreams as if they have been realized already. Renewal and revival will take place through you.

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