God wants us to release His authority on the earth. One of the first times he showed me this I was on a plane traveling from Calgary to Abbottsford. The stewards were passing out drinks when the plane suddenly started making some frightening noises as it flew through turbulence, causing people’s drinks to spill all over them. The pilot got on the intercom and said, “Hurry! Get the drink carts back. We’re going to be in severe turbulence for about thirty minutes. This is an emergency.”
Coffee was flying everywhere. We were all getting nervous.
Then the Lord spoke to me. “Jerame, would you do something about it?”
I asked, “What do you mean?”
And He said, “Command it to stop.”
I immediately said out loud, with everyone in earshot hearing me, “In the name of Jesus, stop now.”
And total peace descended on the plane. Not one more bump occurred the entire way. The Bible says Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death (see Rom. 8:2). That includes natural laws. If we understand what causes these kinds of manifestations, we will have authority that transcends nature.
Obedience releases the Authority of God
That authority comes only in relationship and in obedience.
Philippians 2 offers a spiritual principle about how intimacy and obedience works. Look to the interests of others and do nothing out of selfish ambition (see Phil 2:3). It is God who works in you to act according to His will. That means stepping out in obedience—for the sake of others.
If you will just begin to step out and pray for people, miracles will happen. Why? Jesus already gave the commission. He said, “Go into the world and preach the good news of the kingdom of God. And those who have faith in Me,” He said, “they’ll cast out devils, they’ll speak in tongues, and they’ll lay their hands on the sick, and they’ll recover” (see Mark 16:15-18). Do you know what that means? That means you have a promise from God.
Because you have that promise of His Word, that commission, all of Heaven will back you up if you’ll be obedient to it.