Asserting Your Authority


If anything is going to be accomplished in the natural or spiritual realms, you must assert your God-given authority. That said, there’s a fine line between doing what is necessary to get things done and overstepping your boundaries.

Luke 10:17-20 makes it clear that we have authority in Christ as believers. Many people take the authority issue too far, but just because people take a particular truth to an extreme does not in anyway diminish the truth the Holy Spirit has given us. To reject the truth because it has been taken too far only means we have gone too far in the other direction.

Have a Sober Estimation of Yourself

We are not to think too highly of ourselves (pride), but we should also not think too lowly of ourselves (false humility). We are not to be filled with pride and come across as egotistical and cocky, but to not be confident in what the Holy Spirit has called us to is an insult to God.

If we have been called and gifted in a particular area, we must assert our authority accordingly. I’ve always struggled with low self-esteem, but the Lord made it clear that He gifted me with the ability to teach and present His Word with authority.

This is not pride because I know without Him I would not be able to do anything. To not step forward in the confidence and authority God has given me would be a slap in His face. This is false humility and pride in reverse.

Ed Cole once said, “Without an element of ego, nothing will ever be accomplished for the Kingdom of God.”

Romans 12:3 – “I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

Balance is Imperative

Extremes are always dangerous. One person receives a revelation of a particular truth, gets excited, and takes it so far that it is no longer truth but a perversion of it. Another sees the extreme that particular truth has been taken to and runs the other direction. They take the truth to the opposite extreme which is also a perversion of truth.

God’s truth is usually somewhere in the middle. Thank God for men and women who always seem to find the proper balance in extremes in the church. Just because some people abuse their authority in no way nullifies the truth the Holy Spirit has given.

God enables Christians to meet the need of their calling while also giving authority to believers in general. It’s our job to assert the authority God has given us, whether for a specific ministry or the general authority God has given to all believers and followers of Jesus.

Prayer: Holy Father, help us to maintain proper balance and be doctrinally sound in all things. Help us not overly assert ourselves where we have no business going. Also give us the grace and confidence to boldly move forward in the authority You have given us. In Jesus’ matchless name, Amen!


Starting a new church or ministry is one of the most rewarding things you can do to advance the kingdom, but it can also be very challenging. With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, Dr. Linton's passion is to encourage, support and equip pastors and church leaders.