Day 189: How To Recognize Legitimate Authority

Proverbs 8:16

With my help, leaders rule, and lawmakers legislate fairly; With my help, governors govern, along with all in legitimate authority.


Wisdom is the prerequisite for leaders.

There are four recognizable traits of legitimate authority.

  1. The Benefit of Power – One Greek synonym for authority is energeia, which means superhuman power. Authority above you should give you power that you do not possess on your own. Jesus received all authority and then He transferred that authority to his followers. (Matthew 28:17-19)
  2. The Benefit of Protection – Another synonym for authority is exousia, which means to rule and cover with protection. Legitimate authority shelters and protects those who serve under it (Psalm 91:1). Jesus referred to the people of Israel as sheep without a shepherd, indicating that although they had established leadership, their leadership did not have authority. Matthew 7:9 says, “The crowds were amazed at Jesus’ teaching because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers.”
  3. The Benefit of Provision – The synonym for authority, dunamis, means power and influence which belongs to riches and wealth. 1 Corinthians 9:7 asks, “Who serves as a soldier at this own expense?” When you are placed securely under authority, you should draw provision.
  4. The Benefit of PromotionIshus is a synonym that denotes ability or force. The natural process of following great leaders should result in becoming better by default. Jesus said, “Come, follow me and I will make you…(Matthew 4:19).

Authority is your life should not use manipulation or domination to control you. You should have no sense of intimidation or insecurity while serving a leader. In fact, you should have a sense of confidence, respect, and motivation if you are submitted to legitimate authority.


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