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THE AUTHORITY ROBE
Psalm 8,150 Psalm bible studies,
PSALM 8 - " THE AUTHORITY ROBE "
Lord God in Jesus mighty name we pray for revelation and for signs and
wonders to accompany your word and for eyes to be opened and for the
illumination of minds and hearts.
Teach us Lord that we would know your will in our lifes, not our will,
that we would seek you to bend to our ways and thoughts and what we would
want...as if we could command you and as if you are to do our bidding..
But your will where we bow to your rule and reign and will, where we
would know your Authority robe over us and that we would know your
heart and will for our lifes and that we would then turn from what we
would seek to that which is your good and perfect will.
Even if it may mean the road is harder and things do not go the way
we planned, we walk in your will knowing that we rest in you and in
our Sabbath Rest with You....you provide all that we need.
Let us know our place as we walk in your will and seek only to focus
on you Lord In Jesus name amen
" THE AUTHORITY ROBE "
Lets look at Psalm 8 to begin this message.
Psalm 8 (New International Version)
A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, our Lord,how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise
because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under
7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of
9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
CHILDREN OF GOD
Now to begin with , lets go to the book of Genesis and glimpse briefly through
the first four chapters, thats Genesis chapters 1 - 4.
Now you may not agree with me and that is fine, but lets look at this message
and hear God speak , because that is what it is all about in the end, its about
listening to what God is saying, not my words or the preachers words, but its
about hearing what God is saying through the person.
Before we begin I would like to add that, I like come to Gods word as a child,
I take Gods word literally and I try to read from the heart....with the heart.
And I know that there are some who see parts of Genesis as symbolic, there are
some who see the whole of Genesis as symbolic, there are some who see large parts
of the bible as symbolic and draw from the symbolism in Revelations as a foot
stall for their approach.
When we read revelations we see symbols or pictures or images and we read about
7 golden lampstands and 7 stars and we see that these images or pictures have
meanings and represent the Angels of the 7 Churches and the Churches.
We see allegories, which can be stories with double meanings or deeper meanings.
We see typology or types of Jesus or " types of "
But when I read Genesis I like to read Genesis as a child and read it as it is
written, because sometimes we can read so much into things that we actually
loose its meaning and the bible can become mere words of theology and study,
merely being the study of symbolic meanings and some even take out parts of the
They believe certain parts but when it comes to certain parts of the bible they
just simply cannot comprehend or imagine such a thing happening because they
may have a " teenage attitude " when it comes to believing things out of the
There adult ways and intelligence can become a stumbling block to believing the
simplest of childlike things.
I have known Christians who will not believe the " flood and Noah "
Christians and may I say " many non believers " who will not believe the ,
" Garden of Eden story " because it simply insults their intelligence ......
As if we could believe such a thing ?
But now lets look into Genesis and lets look at the message at hand.
Now we go firstly to " before the beginning "
That is before time was created and into eternity...
Now satan was an intelligent being, he was given authority, an authority robe,
now God/Jesus gave him this authority robe because God created satan for a
purpose and only God can create from nothing.
God defies our scientific community, He defies the natural laws, His knowledge
is far beyond a million scientific brains, God is a God of the miraculous.
Satan then was in the very prescence of God and praising Him who gives all
authority and power.
But God saw in the eternity of eternities that as we would put it ....
There would be and was a change of heart... " oooo satan had a heart ? "
You see at this point even before God created...and by the way God was creating
long before He created us and the planet we live on...
God saw what would happen because don't forget...God is at the beginning of time
and at the end of time and in time and in eternity, God saw what would happen
and you could say at the point of satans heart changing ( angels have free will )
that God could also see His Son on the Cross and at the same time as satan was
cast down...Jesus hung on the Cross and said " It is finished "
And so God created the earth that we know and live on and the "serpent" satan
had lost his "authority robe" and was cast down to the earth and we see that
God created and that He in Genesis
chapter 1:26 gave Adam and Eve complete authority over the animals and the earth.
And God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth and subdue
28And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the
earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and
man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and
over every living creature that moves upon the earth.
So Adam and Eve were given an " Authority Robe "
Do you think Adam named the serpent ?
RESTING - ANOTHER DAY
And on the seventh day God rested , Hebrews 4:6
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to
whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from
his works as God did from His.
so too we can rest...all has been provided, as all was provided to Adam
and Eve ...so too they could rest in Him in the knowledge of His provision
doing His works and will.
BINDING AND LOOSING
You know !! we as Christians can do they same things that Jesus did,
in fact greater things because Jesus now works through us, He is our
" Authority Robe "
Why did'nt Eve bind satan ? Why did'nt Jesus bind satan in the wilderness
temptations ? in fact the only time I can think of Jesus speaking out
directly was when He says " Get behind me satan "
This was because we have Authority as one submits to another,, this is
because Jesus was a greater Authority than satan...in other words in an
army you have soldiers, officers, Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant,
and so it goes on and you have Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel.
Each one subject to the greater..Jesus listened to His Father God in all things,
as the disciples listened to Jesus, as the followers listened to the disciples.
Jesus was greater by far than satan so Jesus says " get behind me satan "
You know...be careful when you pray " I bind you satan "
Our Authority Robe as Christians only goes so far !!
Again as we have seen before in previous messages, there are certain
things that are not for us, that we do not have the authority to do.
Be careful...be wise...be cautious...be alert..be ready.
You hear some Christians speaking out against satan and binding satan in
Jesus name, they use the scripture thus...
Mat 18:18 "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound
in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
In fact it actually means " I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on
earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already
loosed in heaven.”
In other words we follow Jesus/God and do His will and as we walk in His
will so we hear Him and what is already loosed in heaven we loose on earth.
And whatever we bind on earth is already bound in heaven...to do this we
need to know scripture and we need to have that relationship with Jesus to
know His will.
Yes we can do the same things as Jesus did and even greater BUT it is
for Jesus at the end of time to bind satan, no Christian can bind satan ,
our Authority robe does not extend to being God Himself
We cannot and do not have the Authority to command heaven nor heavens
armies, nor the King Himself, the King does not do our bidding....we do
And so as we walk in His will we can cast out demons in Jesus name and see
lame walk and the sick healed because Jesus is doing His work through us,
that He has prepared in advance for us to do.
But we cannot bind satan, no more than we can win a battle on our own..
So as God has forgiven....we forgive...as God has loved we love..as Jesus
can heal we heal...as Jesus can deliver we deliver because its Him through us.
And so we loose that which is already loosed and bind that which is bound in
But to extend our Authority Robe beyond that which was meant is fool hardy
and dangerous, for heaven does not do our bidding, but we do heavens bidding.
And Jesus will bind satan on the final day and once again he will be cast down.
THE GARDEN OF EDEN AND THE AUTHORITY ROBE
So now we look at Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden ...
Can you imagine it ?
Can you imagine real relationship with a living God ?
Walking and talking to Him as you go about your business ?
Can you imagine asking for things and having God answer back ?
Can you imagine saying to a mountain ....." MOVE " and seeing that
mountain move ?
Can you imagine having eternal life ?
DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU ? DOES THAT HAVE A PARCULIAR RESEMBLENCE TO
WHAT WE HAVE AS CHRISTIANS ?
And so imagine if you can and lets let our imagination run wild and lets
consider this !!!!
Imagine saying to a crop growing in the ground, " GROW NOW " and seeing it
multiply before your eyes...
Imagine with your "authority robe" saying, " FRUIT GROW AND COME INTO MY HAND "
Imagine saying to an animal, " COME HERE " and it obeys you !!!
Imagine speaking to a tree and saying " DROP YOUR FRUIT NOW "
And so Adam and Eve had their " Authority Robes " they had been given authority.
But not only that God was walking and talking with them and there was no death,
no disease, no ill health, no work and toil to earn and eat ,no aging,.....
Imagine having no dentists ? No doctors ? No hospitals ? national health ?
Pensions ? the list is endless....
This "Authority robe" , this Robe of Authority, this Authority was given to
Adam and Eve which means it was given to mankind...to us...to the world ...
Now we have one, who had lost his " Authority Robe " ? he had lost his authority,
? who might this be ? you could say "the only authority satan had at this point
was the authority of legions of demons, those angles that had followed the Arch
Angel and now were led by him.
MAN LOOSES HIS AUTHORITY ROBE
At this point this was the only Authority that satan had....
And we see the " father of lies, the great deceiver of nations, the serpent,was
not only under the authority of God but of MAN "
And the serpent looks at Adam and Eve ,and he studies them, he looks at their
relationship with each other and with God...he uses his hordes of demons to
trick and to munipulate and to gather information...
he looks for the weakest point, he studies the relationships, he delves not into
the mind but into the actions and reactions.
And then he waits for an oportune time and launches his attack...
He chooses Eve to attack and speaks to her causing confusion and doubt to enter
her mind for the first time.
You know this is how satan works time and time again, he waits, he lurks, he
watches, he looks for the weakest part, and then he will try to cast doubt into
This is not the only way satan attacks and you know satan mimmicks God and as
God has many legions of angels and sometimes uses his angels to speak to us even
in person, so too satan has many demons under his control who can also speak lies
and try to deceive us.
But this method of attack is one of the ways in which satan and his demons work,
by casting doubt into the mind, doubt that can casue worry and distress and
anxiety and tension and illness.
He will whisper into our ears or use his demons to whisper, " Did God really
say that ? "
" Did God really say ? "
Or He will use scripture...satan and his legions know scripture very well,
back to front and inside out, they know scripture the same as they know God,
and they know of God and believe He has power and know of His power, in fact
you could say " they have first hand experience of his power and authority"
More so than some Christians..
And so satan tempts Eve and casts doubt into her mind at at this point Eve had
not sinned, she still had her " Authority Robe "
And satan says " God does'nt want you take take of the fruit because if you do
He knows you will become like Him "
And so Eve is tempted and takes from the tree, she puts her temptation into
action and takes the fruit.
There was nothing magical in the fruit, the fruit could have been a vegetable,
or anything, the fact is she disobeyed God and took that which was forbidden.
You see at this point satan had taken the " Authority Robe "
Now Adam and Eve were naked before God..
Now satan had taken that which had belonged to us...
Now he had authority over the earth, now he was the prince of the air..
Now he had dominion over the creatures of the earth..
Now he had deceived and tricked Adam and Eve into giving him the
" Authority Robe "
Now Adam and Eve were naked before God and were cast out from the prescence of
God and from the Garden, the same as satan was cast out of heaven.
THE WORLD AND THE PRINCE OF THE AIR - THE AUTHORITY ROBE STOLEN
Now satan had the power over death, now sicknes and disease came, now the was no
more eternal life, now destruction came and life would not be the same, now where
there was abundance and prosperity, came poverty and hunger,
Now no more could Adam and Eve ( we ) command the crops to grow and food to
fall into our hands.
Now there was separation from God and pain and suffering and greed and corruption
entered the world, now lies and deceit and trickery reigned, now the " Authority Robe "
was taken by the " father of lies "
Now no longer could man walk in communion with God and God walk with man, now
the " Authority Robe " had a different owner and death had come upon mankind, war
and hate, no more was life sustained fully, no more would the plants and crops grow
in abundance and never fail.
No more would the flowers bloom forever and the fruit feed a multitude.
Now Adam and Eve had taken from a different fruit and now mankind would know
the consequences of disobedience and the fall.
Now they would have to toil the ground and labour in vain with folly and
foolishness, foolishly chasing the wind as Solomon himself found and observed.
Now the work of the hands led to death as cain sought to please God with the
work of his hands, but there was only one thing that could free man and restore
the " Authority Robe "
So too abels blood cried out from the ground..
The One who gives all authority and gave all authority in the beginning..
Only Jesus could restore the " Authority Robe " and give back to man that which
JESUS GIVES BACK THE " AUTHORITY ROBE "
Now we go back to Psalm 8
And we look at verse 1
God is the one who gives Authority, for He is higher than any other and His glory is
above the heavens and from the lips of His children He has ordained praise to silence
We saw in Genesis that God made every living thing and all things and all of creation
speaks of His handywork, for no one has an excuse when they have looked up since
earliest times and known of Gods existence.
His creation speaks for Him and yet something is wrong ?
Then psalm 8 goes on .....
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Look up 1 Corinthians 15:27-28
1 Corinthians 15:27-28 (LASB...life application study bible)
27 For the scriptures say "He has put all things under His authority."
Of course when it says "all things are under His Authority," that
does not include God Himself, who gave Christ His Authority
, the Son will put Himself under Gods Authority, so that God , who
gave His Son Authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over
Also look up Hebrews 2:6-8
You see Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth and above these scriptures
point to psalm 8 and talk of Jesus who has all authority and power and dominion
over every living thing and over all creation.
And so Jesus comes , you could say at the point of Eve taking the " wrong fruit " that
hung from the tree,
Jesus hung from a tree and we receive the new fruit from Him.
Although in our time scale it seems a long time between Eve taking and Jesus
giving back in Gods eyes of eternity it was nothing.
And so man had lost the " Authority Robe " and Jesus comes and gives back the
" The Authority Robe " to its rightful owner.
Now when we or if we have Christ in us as Christians we have the "Authority Robe "
Now we have eternal life back, now we have Authority in Christ, now we can say to
the mountain " MOVE " and it will move.
Now we have abundance, now we can be free, now we have a way to walk back into
that relationship with God and to have God walk with us, now we can be healed and
restored, now we can have restoration and freedom, now we can know in faith that
death is not the final destination.
Now once more we regain the " Authority Robe "
Now we can speak to God without separation....once more...
But the world still goes on having lost its " Authority Robe"
For Only through Christ can we be clothed..
And the world walks on in blindness, but God calls out to anyone who will listen,
ALL THE TIME, for all of creation speaks of Him...
Now our authority is in Christ as we are subject to Him and walk with Him as it
was intended " IN THE BEGINNING "
And we can say " O Lord our Lord, your Majestic name fills the earth "
HAVE YOU GOT THE " AUTHORITY ROBE " ?
In order to have the authority robe and to take it back from the one who stole
it you simply need to speak to God and ask Him to give it back to you through
Jesus who bought it for you...
Pray with me and as you see the words on the screen...speak out these words
to God who hears all hearts as I will be speaking out too..
Lord God Father of Truth and Light in Jesus name I turn to you and turn from what
I would want and seek your will that I might know your rest, to know the
Authority you have given and to know my place.
I ask you into my heart and life, not to do my bidding but so that I can see
your will for my life unfold, your good and perfect will.
Fill me with your Holy Spirit and cleanse me and make me new so that the blindness
that I have walked in would be lifted from my eyes and that I would no longer
be naked before you but clothed with your Authority in my life in Jesus name Amen