I have never had a problem with authority. If anything, I was too submissive and have had to cultivate being assertive. When I was an atheist it was more just unbelief of the existence of a God and also belief that I could and should do things on my own. It was a reluctance to asking for or believing that I deserved any help. Learning to depend on God has been so sweet. I feel both cared for and also empowered with the authority he has given me over my own life.
Coming out of running a business where I was in a position of authority I am still contemplating authority. I personally have never enjoyed being in charge, but in my business I had to be. I was just doing what I had to do, to walk out this God given vision and calling on my life. Even so, I knew the ultimate authority was God, so I would follow his direction first and then I preferred to lead from behind. I enjoyed hiring smart, talented, wise, and responsible individuals and letting them lead themselves. I trusted and was excited about the individually unique ways that they led our community. I had a few rules and expectations but I didn’t micromanage. I did run into a few moments where it felt like a power struggle. It was interesting and frustrating to me because I am actually not interested in this type of thing. I just want to walk together knowing we are submitted to higher purposes. I needed trust that my authority was still under the authority of God. .
At school in a sermon by @kvministries
we learned about the great paradox of Acts 19. How Paul, who was under the authority of God, through the Holy Spirit was able to heal people just by using a handkerchief and someone of religious order was not able to deliver someone from demonic oppression even though he was using the name of Jesus. Kris spoke about how the church constantly talks about “methods”, but true authority (from God) flows from relationship with God. When using your authority you must must be “sent” as in connected to a mission not just going through the motions. It must be Holy Spirit empowered. .
I recently had lunch with some Spirit led friends and we were talking about demonic oppression. (Continued below)