NOTE: For those of us who are about to invade the streets, I believe these principles of "walking in Christ's AUTHORITY" are some of the most important things we need to hear right now. The below testimony is particularly powerful. --------------------------------------------------- WALKING in AUTHORITY -by Randy Benham. Three years ago I came to a point in my walk in the religious system that was going nowhere. I felt in my spirit that there was something more to the preaching of the Gospel than I was being told. I got on my knees and asked God to reveal the truth to me through the Holy Spirit: "But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him" (1 John 2:27). I also asked God to use me in a radical way. The Spirit started teaching me how to use the Authority Christ gave us. When I realized the authority that I had possesed through Christ and started to walk in it and command sickness and disease to go, the Gospel came alive, lives were changed, and I started seeing the fruit that came from standing in the authority of Christ and standing in the gap for beaten down brothers and sisters that have come to accept what the devil has put on them. At this time God gave me a vision of opening a Christian coffee house in the town I lived in. At the time I didn't understand why and didn't know anything about running a coffee house. But being obedient I followed through. When the doors finally opened God started working. He started sending the sick and diseased through the doors, I started ministering to them about what the Word says about our authority and through this we could be set free from sickness and disease. People started to open up and allowed me to pray for them, others allowed me to pray for them just to humor me. When I placed the fear of man and what they might think of me under my feet, I started to pray with a commanding presence forcing the devil and his demons fleeing. Oh, how the power of God started to move in that coffee shop. People were starting to be set free from back disorders, drug problems, delivered from demons, cancers being healed, a 3 day old baby on the brink of death being brought back to the living, a full-blown Aids victim with only weeks to live delivered 100% from this disease and now living a full Christian life, and many more. God then led a team of 11 of us that believed in the authority we possesed through Christ to Northern Thailand to lay hands on the sick, to cast out demons and to preach the Gospel. This trip was not sponsored by any religious organization, in fact we came under fire because it wasn't sponsored by any religious organization. But, we went anyway through our own pocketbooks, (God provided every dime). For two weeks we walked from village to village in heavy Bhudist country setting the captives free, seeing the dying come back to life, the lame getting up and walking right before our eyes, blind eyes being opened and cancerous tumors the size of baseballs falling off of faces. Then the summer of 2004 God sent 4 of us to a remote part of China where 85% of the tribes in the mountains have never heard the Gospel. On mountainbikes we peddled around these mountain hills with the same results as seen in Thailand. And what did it take for these dedicated Bhudists to convert to Christianity, it took them witnessing the power of God right before their veiled eyes to see His Glory and love. There is no doubt in my mind that coming against the enemy in an ever commanding presence of the authority of Christ residing in us will prevail against all the devil sends at us. It is time that the church wakes up to this and stop giving so much credit to the devil and his sickness and disease which are nothing but his tools to kill steal and destroy us. Christ came to give us life and freedom. There is little difference between the times of Christ and the Pharisees of His day and the Pharisees of the religious system of today. Since I have been walking in the true Gospel and acting on the Gospel not only in word but also in deed I have come under more atacks from the religious system (that's OK, because Christ said this will happen) than from the un-saved because I have stepped out from under the thumb of what's not being taught in the the church to to body of Christ. I do not need the praise of men any longer. I love the Church and I pray for the Church everyday, I pray that the veil that is over their eyes will be ripped away so that they can see and percieve the truth of the Gospel and that walking in God's given authority to each and every true believer will be revealed and that everything in the Gospel is meant to work together and you can not leave any part of it out. For Jesus said it himself; "For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?" God is releasing the spirit of Elijah, and we will be seing an increase of the authority of Christ moving through the true believing body. But it will only be through the believers that have died to themselves and have separated themselves from the ways of this world and have placed the fear of man under their feet. We are ordinary disciples doing only what our Lord has commanded us to do and now it's time to take it to the streets of our country. -Randy Benham Xtreme with God Ministries.