• Bishop Keith Butler

Powers that Be

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:13)


Maybe you have heard people talk about the powers that be. It’s an enigmatic phrase referring to higher authorities in the earth. Paul wrote about two powers in Colossians 1:13. The word power in Greek is exousia and means authority. This world has Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, and Queens with authority over citizens of the countries they lead. Still, the Holy Spirit gives us the opportunity for a divine relocation of citizenship. When you received Jesus as Lord, you were transferred from a kingdom that was under the authority and rule of darkness into the Kingdom of Light.

2nd Corinthians 5 tells us that we are ambassadors for the Lord. An ambassador is someone who lives in a country that is not their own and represents a foreign country. They are not held to the same laws of the land they are in, because they are still subject to the laws of the country where their citizenship is. Ambassadors represent their government and their nation’s interests while living among a foreign people.


We are not of this world, but we are in this world. We are strangers and foreigners who have a divine assignment to show those who are still held under the authority of the kingdom of darkness what heaven’s way is like.


When you are used by God to administer healing to someone, you are doing the work of an ambassador of the Kingdom of Light. When you speak the Word and see minds renewed and hearts changed, you are doing the work of an ambassador. You are a Kingdom representative and called to bring change wherever God places your feet.


Practical Application – Pause before you go to work or do your scheduled tasks for the day and remind yourself that you are a kingdom ambassador. Ask God what He would have you do to represent His kingdom today.


1Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Timothy 4:18

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