Circle of Authority

 

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Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16
I have written to before about how people who are changed by Jesus have a personal encounter with Him.
We are living in very strange days.  News travels instantly.  We know of many wrongs committed on the other side of the world within days.  Technology can be a blessing because we can use the knowledge we gain to pray for and help people.
But technology can also be a curse.  It can muddy the waters of our circle of authority which can cause feelings of hopelessness and rage.  Satan will feed on the rage.  Satan will use the rage against you to convince you of your “rightness.”
We all have authority given to us by God.  It is our domain.  The devil stole our domain in the garden.  He constantly tries to steal it today by tempting us to sin.  People give their domain away all the time.  They give it to the devil by sinning.  Sometimes they try to give it to you when they don’t know how to handle something.  Counselors would call this a boundary issue.  I call it a domain issue.  Stay within your circle of authority and your life becomes more manageable and less anxiety filled.
For most of us our domain is ourselves, our homes, our spouses, our children, and our work.  When we step beyond this area, where we actually have God given authority, we can get ourselves in trouble.  This is because we actually end up taking on demons that aren’t ours to take on.  And then suddenly we find ourselves out of control.
Facebook is a MASTER at stealing domain.  Suddenly we have access to people, places and things that are WAY OUTSIDE our normal circle.  And then when a conversation spirals out of control, then up a clock tower we go with rage.
For every interaction we have, we should be asking God and ourselves, what is actually under my control in this situation?  9 times out of 10 none of it is, except for the fact that we can pray.  That is in our control.  This lack of control makes us react in strange ways.  Mostly I see anger, rage, emotional exhaustion and tunnel vision.
As time moves forward and the world gets more and more in a frenzy it is important to stay within your area of authority that God has given you.  People have sometimes asked me to speak for them or act for them.  I do not feel guilty saying no.  What they want me to speak or act about doesn’t fall under my domain.  And if I speak for them I take on their demons.  And life gets a lot harder.
Pray always.  Know where your authority lies.  Exert your authority with love.  Deal with the people right in front of you and not beyond that.  If you go beyond that you will burn out with exhaustion or be filled with fury.  I see many people withdrawing from social media now.  They have taken on too many demons not their own.  When this happens it is actually wise to remove yourself.
In the coming days Satan is going to try everything, and I mean everything in his power to take that domain and have you reacting instead of consciously acting in the will of the Father.  Be awake and aware.  Do not fall asleep.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. James 1:5

About veilofveronica

I am a mother and wife as well as an RCIA and Adult Faith Formation catechist at a parish in the south. I have 3 children and a great husband.
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17 Responses to Circle of Authority

  1. Steve Lia says:

    Hi Susan
    Thanks again for putting pen to paper so to speak.
    As a man who is actively involved in men’s Ministry, I always look forward to reading what you have to say on so many aspects of our Catholic Faith. I had to smile this morning in reading this post, I often stress the point to catholic men the need to Pray and read Scripture everyday and in doing so having that Personal Encounter with Jesus. I always use Zacchaeus and the Women brought to Jesus caught in an act of Adultery, which was the main theme of your last post and how a personal encounter with Jesus changes their lives. I have seen men change once they Encounter Jesus through these paths.
    As for Face Book I have never used it believe it or not. I agree 100% it can lead to anger in many instances, which over time can lead to Hate. Beside the fact so many men and women waste countless hours on it for absolutely no gain.

    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas 🙂

  2. Beth Doroff says:

    I love this! I have long felt that God wants me to focus on my family and close friends and simply pray for everything and everyone else who are out of my control. But sometimes I get this awful thought that I am not doing enough – that God is disappointed in me because I am not doing more public and “greater” work in the larger world. And then I am lost as to what I should be doing and it causes me to feel anxious. I’m sure it is the devil whispering in my ear. Your post has helped affirm that doing God’s will is most often accomplished in the little daily tasks done with love. And when I focus on that I feel a beautiful inner peace.

  3. Benedict says:

    I feel blessed by your words .
    It’s really encouraging to hear something like this in this age we are in.

  4. You’ve written this clearly with a directness that goes straight to the heart, Susan. This confirms the warnings I’ve received in my dreams and in my spirit. I think it needs to be shared with some others in my circle of acquaintances and I will. Thank you.

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