His Lordship And Authority
"If people reject the Lord's authority over their lives and if God is no longer God in their lives, then they must find anothr god! It is impossible for the human spirit to thrive without something to live for, something larger than itself -- and that something is what a god is!" (Ray Stedman, God's Final Word: Understanding Revelation, 58)
In the absence of trust in God's lordship in someone's life, the major, remaining choices for authority that will govern the individual are - your own, the world's or Satan's.
"...our struggle was never to get independence from God. It weren't a struggle to be out from under lordship. It was a struggle to be under the right lorship. Freedom isn't being out from under authority. Freedom is being under the right authority. God's. (Randy Alcorn, "Dominion", p. 530)
The devil's plan or authority over anybody's life is filled with lies for he is the Father of Lies (John 8:44).Therefore, he cannot be trusted.
The world's plan or authority contains too many empty promises with a track record of just enough systems to make you think they care about you but only care about their temporary power and remaining in it. Therefore, the world cannot be trusted.
You, as the sole deviser of the plan and authority in life take a high risk when you just depend upon your inexperienced self and the extreme limited knowledge you possess instead of surrendering your plans and dreams to God and consulting Him in daily prayer about them.
None of these options - us, the world and/or Satan - can touch the all-knowingness and loving-kindness of God in Christ Jesus. I never said it would be easy and neither did Christ. Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)That statment is a pretty huge selling point to me for unbelievers searching for a faith or authority to direct their lives daily. Even moreso is observing and trusting Christ's life as our example. With The Plan of Salvation upon His life He endured many different obstacles that challenged it and Him, but still prevailed because of the authority in His life and the plan He did not deviate from.
Other groups of people wanted Jesus alive and desired him to be seated as King immediately as they were willing to forcibly make Him so. However, this did not align with Father God's plan for Him and He trusted in the Father's lordship and plan as He "withdrew again to a mountain by Himself."
- "After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself." (Jn. 6:14-15)
- "I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father." (John 10:17-18)
- "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:7-8)
- "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (Matthew 28:18).