Walking in Authority- Identity and Alignment
[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]I[/mk_dropcaps] go to the chiropractor on a regular basis. This week I had to go in twice as I had a rib out of alignment. This resulted in some added pain and discomfort. I was not able to move as fluidly and freely as I am used to. Our bodies are interesting and complex pieces of machinery. We are built to move. Often movement can be helpful to alleviate small aches and pains, but when it the cause is due to a misalignment that is not the case. When your spine or, in my case, your ribs, get out of alignment, the rest of the body will not perform optimally. When all things are in the right position, both in our bodies and in our lives, will and can perform our very best. For the month of August I want to talk about the consequences of living with spiritual subluxation. Subluxation is the chiropractic term for a misaligned vertebrae. The consequence of spiritual misalignment is that we render our spiritual authority impotent. The definition of “alignment” is to be in a position of agreement or alliance, in correct or appropriate relative position. When it comes to my relationship with God, I want it to have a healthy alignment. Without proper spiritual alignment we are unable to display the power of God as powerfully as it was intended.
What do I mean by proper spiritual alignment? It doesn’t mean living in a magical place, having a perfect job or role, or even praying a specific prayer to wield your full spiritual authority. Rather, it’s the position of our heart in full alignment with God’s will and a personal revelation of our identity. This is the challenge that I extend not only to you but to myself.
I do not know about you but I want to see the fullness of God’s power at work in and through my life. Now that I am in a relationship, I want to see the fullness of God’s presence reflected through our future marriage, and what we will walk through together. Alignment, therefore, is a necessity. So the real question here is “how does one find and keep alignment in their life?”
The most obvious and necessary step is to first ensure that you have surrendered your life to the Lord. Once you have laid your life down, you should now be aligned, right? Well, that is only the beginning of the story. We still have our old sin nature to deal with. This means we must clean up the mess left from past sins. This mess comes in the form of bad patterns of habit and thought. While we are saved, we are also being saved and will continue to be saved. Salvation is an ongoing process. The bent in our human nature is to veer away from God’s presence. This may not always be our desire, but it’s something we face because we live in a fallen and broken world. Once we pray the sinner’s prayer we become ambassadors for God, but the representation of that in our lives comes from what we do after that point. It requires a revelation of our identity.
When you are able to reckon as dead the old life and pick up the identity you hold in Christ everything changes. It causes you to change the way you live, the way you think, and the motivation for why you make all those changes (re-alignment). These changes are the necessary pieces to true spiritual alignment. Changing our view of our identity is the dirty work of staying aligned. It requires a commitment to daily re-adjustments to get things back in the right position. In our thought life, in what words we chose to speak, and the patterns of behavior we participate.
When we submit to this process, we create an opening in our lives for the power of God to flow freely. Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying. God does not need us to be perfect for His power to flow. Instead, its the desire of your heart to relentlessly pursue that brings proper alignment. As a son or daughter of God it is your heart He is after. He does not need your perfection. In fact He already sees you as perfect in His eyes. That is because He looks at you through the lens of Jesus’ perfection. What He desires is our faith to be so strong in Him that we take those small steps to experience more of him with our without our understanding being present.
We were each built by God to do a unique work. Ephesians 2:10 describes it like this:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)[/mk_blockquote]
You are not an accident. Just because you have yet to see God’s power move mightily through your life does not mean God will not move or that He does not want to move. Our Heavenly Father is a good father. He will not put you in a position that you are not able to maintain or sustain healthily. To operate fully in God’s authority requires a hunger and a thirst for His presence above your own desires. It is a position of your heart to prefer His way over your own way.
Look to Jesus, the perfect example, in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus displayed what it looks like to put aside your preferences and submit to the perfect will of our Almighty God. During that last and most intense prayer session that had Him sweating blood, Jesus prayed
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]Father, if it is Your will, take this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.- Luke 22:42[/mk_blockquote]
If the Lord Jesus, who was not deserving of any of the punishment He endured, can put aside His own comfort and preferences to bring them under and into alignment with the Lord, how much more can we humble ourselves in prayer to ensure our heart is properly aligned? When we align ourselves with His heart, just like with Jesus, we are then placed in a position to flow in the power of the resurrection. Yes, it is a battle. Yes, it is far from easy. But the Lord never promised that. He did promise to be with us every step of the way and that is more than enough.
Now, let’s pause here. Before we dig into the how-to’s of operating in our spiritual authority as we will for the rest of this month, join me in prayerfully asking God this question:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]“Where is my heart out of alignment with your word and will for my life?”[/mk_blockquote]
This question may require you to go back and reckon some doors you may have opened to the enemy, but we will talk about that more next week.
I will leave you with this. You are the most powerful and the biggest threat to the enemy when you wholeheartedly commit to keeping your heart in alignment with the Lord. His flow through you will be incredible. You will do it imperfectly so do not seek perfection. Instead, no matter how far you may fall, commit to always picking your heart back up and taking it to the foot of the Cross where Jesus, once and for all, paid for our sin.