Power & Authority

Power & Authority

Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled [were afraid] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.  (Matthew 9:8 NKJV, explanation added)

Jesus had just forgiven the sins of a paralytic man and then, Jesus healed him!  The man took his bed and walked away.  This was demonstrating Jesus’ delegated authority to forgive sins, and also His power to heal the sick and to perform miracles.  The crowd gave all the glory to God.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  (Lk 10:19 NKJV)

Jesus was speaking to His followers in this verse.  The same power and authority that Jesus had, He gave to us–His followers–in order for us to set the captives free, heal the sick, perform miracles, and bring glory to God.  He has also given us grace to enable us to fulfill our assignment. (Eph 2:8 NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7 NKJV)

The Holy Spirit who has been given to us IS the Spirit of power, love, and self-control.  He will direct us in the practical use of these gifts if we will learn to hear His voice, and to obey it.

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  (Jo 20:21 NKJV)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”  (Lk 4:18, 19 NKJV)

As Jesus was sent to earth by the Father to accomplish the Father’s will, so WE are sent by Jesus to continue Jesus’ assignment here on the earth:  that the will of God may be done on earth as it is done in Heaven.   We’ve been given authority, grace, and power to fulfill our mission.  Exercise your God-given power and authority, and you will have an exciting and fulfilling life.  God has created you for this purpose!

The Voice of the Lord

The Voice of the Lord

The Bible has much to say about the voice of the Lord.  Psalm 29 is filled with statements designed to educate us about God’s powerful Words, carried heavenward by His voice.

Verse 4 says the Lord’s voice is powerful and full of majesty.  Verse 5 says it breaks–even splinters–the cedars of Lebanon!

The passage that has always fascinated me is Psalm 29:7, The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.  Imagine such power that God is able to part or separate even flames of fire.  It astonished me when I learned that the Lord has dominion over fire.  Let’s ponder this fact.

If you need fire, say in your furnace, He has control over that.  If you are caught in a fire, God has power over those flames; and can command their direction in order to protect you.  If you need a spark to light a fire, perhaps at a campfire, God has power to help you!  And He desires to help you–always.

In verses 8 & 9 of Psalm 29, we discover that God’s voice shakes the wilderness; causes deer to give birth; and strips the forests bare.  We serve the all-powerful God who created heaven and earth.

God’s mighty angels obey His powerful voice (Ps 103:20), fulfilling His Word.   The verse actually says it this way:  Heeding the voice of His word.  The phrase “voice of His word” refers to the actual, unique sound or vibrations of God’s voice.  His voice is unique in that ALL of creation recognizes it as the sound of the Creator God, the Supreme Being, the Lord of Lords.

We, who are created in His image, should respond to His Word just as creation does and as angels do.  We should honor and respect it always, and obey it promptly.

Patience

Patience

Patience is a positive character trait which can be defined as longsuffering, endurance, or perseverance.  The opposite of patience is impatience or restlessness.

Here are some Bible passages that mention this character quality:

  • A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (Prov 19:11)
  • Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. (Prov 25:15)
  • The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. (Eccl 7:8)
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, . . . (Gal 5:22)
  • We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (Heb 6:12)
  • Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. (Jas 5:7)

Like the other foundational character traits, patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).  The Word tells us to imitate the prophets and the people of faith mentioned in Hebrews 6 to learn patience (Hebrews 6:12; James 5:10).  Their faith patiently endured through many trials and tribulations.

Patience goes hand in hand with wisdom (Proverbs 19:11), and we’re told that patience is better than pride. (Eccl 7:8)  Through patience, even a king can be persuaded!  (Prov 25:15)

As a necessary ingredient for living the Christian life, patience is recommended to us in Colossians 1:10-12, Colossians 3:12, and Hebrews 6:12.  If you want to serve the Lord and minister to His people, you will need patience to fulfill your ministry. (2 Tim 4:2; Ja 5:7)

The Lord’s patience with us means salvation (2 Peter 3:15).  According to 2 Peter 1:2, 3, the Lord has already given to us ALL that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.  God has already given us patience even as He has given us all that we need, but it will grow and mature as we draw closer to the Lord and learn of Him.

May God fill you with His joy as you journey through life with Him.

 

Do You Need Life & Comfort?

Do You Need Life & Comfort?

Did you notice that there is life and comfort in the Word of God? And it’s there FOR US! Let’s look at what the Bible says.

Revive me according to Your Word.  (Ps. 119:25, 154 NKJV – see also Ps. 119:107)  The word REVIVE means: renew, restore, refresh, rejuvenate, or regenerate.  That’s speaking of breathing life into someone or something that needs it!

This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your Word has given me life.  (Ps. 119:50 NKJV)  This verse says that our comfort in affliction is that God’s Word is able to renew and revitalize us! Let’s not miss out on this blessing provided for us!

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  (Rom. 8:11 NKJV) This verse states clearly that the Spirit of God who indwells us gives LIFE to our mortal bodies.  This is an ongoing, continual process which includes divine healing.

In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.  (Prov. 12:28 NKJV)  In the way of righteousness, and in the path of the upright (those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord) there is LIFE and everything that contributes to it!  The Lord actually upholds and sustains our lives.  (Ps 3:5; 54:4; 55:22; Isa 41:10) Glory to God!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort . . . (2 Cor. 1:3 NKJV) Our God is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He extends mercy and loving comfort to all who turn to Him.

You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.  (Ps. 86:17 NKJV)  The psalmist is testifying of God’s help and comfort.  What He has done for one, He is willing to do for ALL.

. . . who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  (2 Cor. 1:4 NKJV)  And when we have received comfort from the Lord, then He will use us to comfort others!  Hallelujah!

If some area of your life (hopes, dreams, relationships) has “died,” and you need LIFE, ask the Lord for what you need right now.  If you need comfort today, turn to the Savior and allow Him to comfort you.  He’s there for you right now.

The Path to Pleasures Forevermore

The Path to Pleasures Forevermore

Psalm 16:11 says:  You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Fullness means completeness; extensiveness; or richness.  Pleasures means delights; gratifications; choices; blisses; or options.

I believe that we understand that path of life refers to salvation as provided to us in Jesus Christ.1  Jesus certainly is the pathway to salvation. The Word tells us that time spent in the presence of the Lord produces a deep, rich experience of joy.  What a blessing to see from this verse that there are many benefits that we receive from God’s presence.

The verse above says that there are pleasures forevermore at the Lord’s right hand.  That sounds really good to me!  You would like to experience pleasures forevermore, too, right?  I believe that when we’re aware of God’s presence with us continuously, and are able to praise Him at all times, we tap into the blessings promised to us here.

At the right hand of Jesus is honor!  Do you know that because we are His sheep that we are already in position AT His right hand?  According to Matthew 25:33-34:   And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world . . .

According to Matthew, the sheep spoken of in the verse above receive the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world.  Each one of us is represented in that group of sheep referred to in this passage, so there is a kingdom prepared and awaiting us.

If that were not enough, we also receive pleasures forevermore in the here and now.  While we are on earth, we receive the blessings of our relationship with Jesus through the great and precious promises given to us in the Word.  Jesus has given us His answer to every Bible promise; the answer is:  “Yes.”2

Do you need protection?  He says, “Yes” in Psalm 91:9-12 as well as other Scriptures. Do you need health?  We know that Jesus took care of that because Isaiah 53:5 states: . . . by His stripes we are healed. Do you need an escape from death?  See God’s answer in Psalm 68:20: Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.

Do you need:

  • Financial blessings? The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. (Pro 10:22)
  • Help in trouble? (See Ps 46:1)
  • Sleep? (Read Ps 3:5; 4:8)

Do you need something that the Bible doesn’t address specifically?  Then check out these Bible passages:  Ps 68:19; Mt 19:26; 21:22; Mk 9:23.  God is so good and loving that He wants to give us our hearts’ desires!3

Understand that whatever belongs to God belongs to Jesus; and whatever belongs to Jesus, He shares with each and every one of us.  These blessings belong to us.  Use the gift of faith that God has given to every believer and receive the blessings of spending time in His presence.  Praise the Lord!

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  1. John 5:21b; 11:25
  2. 2 Co 1:20
  3. Ps 37:4; 84:11; Mt 7:7