Count It As Joy

by Pastor Roy Esposito

  • Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
  • Hearing (Hebrew) – to hear the Word with a willingness and intent to obey it.
  • Ephesians 6:17 – The Word – a “two-edged sword”…
  • Established will of God – knowing the scriptures
  • Communicated Word of God — what is God saying to me personally
  • Obedience to BOTH aspects are essential to gain spiritual authority
  • Spiritual Authority is God’s planned destiny for the Church
  • Ephesians 3:9-10 – the hidden mystery of God to be revealed by the Church
  • “Manifold Wisdom” – many dimensions; variegated, many-colored

The picture is of God’s wisdom having many-sided applications, varieties, and shades that are colorfully expressed.

  • Church Authority – to DEMONSTRATE God’s wisdom in its many forms
  • SALVATION is FREE – but every other gift, ministry, or execution of power must be EARNED through testing against God’s will.
  • Hebrews 4:15(NKJ) – Jesus went through the same process and became our High Priest
  • Matthew 4:1 – Led by the Spirit into the desert
  • John 1:4, 1:14 – Jesus: The “Word” made flesh
  • He is the bridge between the TRANSCENDENT and the MATERIAL universe
  • His Temptation – whether the WORD had the depth of character to fulfill God’s purpose
  • Luke 4:14 – The outcome; “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit.” – the AUTHORITY of the Spirit through which He could do the supernatural works of His ministry
  • Jesus’ response to the devil:
    “It is written…” – The Established will of God; and
    “It has been said…” – The Communicated will of God
  • When the Word is proven through testing, it is endorsed by heaven and is able to accomplish, bring to maturity, and finish what was decreed.
  • Proven dedication to the Word establishes Christ-like character without which NO AUTHORITY can be given.
  • We are to give our lives to God as a “living praise,” as Lucifer was first created to do.
  • Romans 12:1-2 – Living praise/sacrifices – have their NATURE transformed to Christ’s.

Christ’s authority and the Church’s purpose become ONE.

  • 1 John 4:17 – “As He is, so are we in this world.”
  • Ephesians 1:22-23, 1 Corinthians 15:27 – All things under Jesus’ feet
  • 1 Corinthians 12:27 – We are Christ’s BODY
  • Colossians 1:18 – Christ, The HEAD of the Church – the Body has FEET
  • Psalm 133 Oil (anointing) runs down from the head over the body – an extension of authority
  • 1 Chronicles 28:9 – David to Solomon: Serve God with a LOYAL HEART and a WILLING MIND
  • The spiritual conflict we experience exists to test the SUBSTANCE, CHARACTER, and INTENT of our hearts.
  • Loyalty to God and His TRUTH are weighed and developed through testing and are the assessor for the amount of authority and power released to us.
  • Willingness to respond to God, the proper intention of heart and mind, and PATIENCE are the required prerequisites
  • James 1:2-4(TPT & NKJ) – “Let patience have its PERFECT work, that you may be MATURE and complete, lacking nothing.”
  • Perfect (Greek – Teleios) – consummate soundness – Denotes Maturity.