Horsepower Meets Authority

By: Deb Kitchenmaster

Do I share this experience or not? Again and again the word ‘authority’ kept coming to me as I thought about March’s article. I realize that some readers will be encouraged, some will be doubtful that a simple, ordinary female would be qualified for this experience, some will get thirsty saying inside, “I want some of this,” and others will read it more than once and glean what is good and good news for them personally.

I had enrolled in a Bible college out of state for a six-week semester. My husband continued to work at his establishment and tend to our horses. Six weeks were complete, and I caught the first flight home. It was late when we arrived at the house, so first thing in the morning while still in my jammies, I ran outside to see the horses that I had missed so much — their smell, their eyes, their snorts and their nudges. Coming down the hill, the stallion identified me and then it happened! He bowed! When he took that position, the Spirit of God came all over me and I heard, “You need to get this.” What? What am I to get? Based on, “My sheep hear my voice, a stranger they will not follow. No one can pluck them out of my hand,” I heard inside, “For the eagerly awaiting creation waits for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God.” Why not! God used a rooster, a whale, and a donkey before to get someone’s attention. Why not a stallion?

Horsepower is a unit of power equal to 550 foot-pounds per second (745.7 watts). In fact, the maximum output of a horse can be up to 15 horsepower, and the maximum output of a human is a bit more than a single horsepower. The ratio of units of power is around 15 to 1 — horse 15, human 1. Add to that another fact that humans have 2 legs, horses have 4. And horses have blood flowing through their veins not oil. Horses do not have an On/Off switch, but they do have safety switches that connect to units of power.

Let’s consider another unit of power, AUTHORITY. Authority is the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. Horses don’t function in this power. They can and do connect with this power but it’s not within them. They are waiting for this to manifest in humanity. So where did this power of authority come from? Why is creation groaning for this to come forth?

In the beginning, God gave authority over all creation to humans when he said, “Fill the earth and subdue it:  have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” God, Himself, gave this authority to humanity. This authority was given away to a liar — a fear-monger.

There was a time on earth that an invitation was extended from the liar to Jesus and the liar told Jesus he would give him all the kingdoms if Jesus would simply bow down and worship him. Why? Because he had them to give. Adam had forfeited his God-given authority and these five kingdoms to him. Originally, the order of these kingdoms was God, humanity, angels, animal, and plant. Out of order came as a result of humanity giving authority to an angel.  So now the order was God, angel, humanity, animal, and plant.

Matthew 28 tells us about a conversation Jesus, from the village of Nazareth, had with his friends one day.  Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” Jesus, the second Adam, got us back in order. No man, no woman, no system, no government gave this to us. Jesus, Himself, did through his birth, life, death, and resurrection.

In this God-given authority let us manifest the salt and light we truly are in the earth. Our horses, in fact, all creation, will rejoice.