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Usurped Authority

Jude 1:5-7

Verse 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

Now that we have talked about how we need to remember God’s faithfulness or be judged, Jude gives us a poignant reminder how serious God is about obedience, not just from humans but from heavenly beings too.

Jude had likely heard stories about how the angels of heaven had fallen from heaven, specifically Satan, because of a desire to be equal with God. His Jewish readers had probably also heard these stories growing up. This wasn’t a fairy tale told to make children obey. This tale had very real origins and has had great effects on the world that we live in.

The story of their disobedience isn’t much different from ours. The fact is that we don’t obey because we want to be the top dog in our lives. Just as the angels that were no longer welcome in Heaven thought they didn’t have to be under God’s authority we act as if we think we only have to answer to ourselves.

We don’t tend to give much thought to the truth of our actions. We act and then once in a while think about it after it is done. So many of us act in line with the common phrase of our world, “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” The problem with thoughts like this is that they say that we are the only ones that matter. Our wants and desires matter more than those in authority above us. In other words, we think that we are the only authority that matters.

Jude knows that it is important that we all understand that God’s authority is the only one that truly matters and that if we have Jesus as Lord of our life than His authority is the only one that will matter to us. In fact that is the proof of our placing Him as Lord of our lives. If we submit all decisions to His authority it will reveal that it is Him and His will that we seek. And if we claim to be His people, we owe Him no less than our full submission.

Making It Personal

If we are honest with yourself who would you say has the authority position in your life? If you say that Jesus is Lord of your life does your life reflect that claim? What do you need to submit about today?

Making It Personal Kids

Who are the authority figures in your life? Do you obey them? Do you think of Jesus as your highest authority?

Closing Prayer

Father, we repent of the times that we have tried to take the authority of our lives out of Your hands. Help us remember that as Your people we need to be under Your authority. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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