BY: T.L. OSBORN
God has given might and authority to every believer to act in His name. Many Christians do not realize their position in Christ and are not living the victorious life God has called them to live. Discover the authority you have received as child of God and let God use you.
The ministry of authority
‘Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. They departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.’ – Luke 9:1,6
‘Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.’ – Mark 3:14-15
It almost staggers the believer today who dares to consider the reality of Jesus’ words. How plainly He spoke! How powerful were His words! ‘They were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with authority’ (Luke 4:32). What a challenge this is to take His words exactly as He spoke them and to begin to follow the ministry as He gave commandment.
‘Start acting today in Jesus’ name, in His place.’
The same might and authority
In Mark 16:17-18 Jesus says: ‘These signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
The believer today has the same might and authority as the believer had then, if he will only use it. In Acts 3 Peter said the following words to the lame man: ‘Look at us! Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.’ It was not their own power, but the power of the resurrected Jesus who did the miracle. But that power was IN Peter, which power is promised to EVERY BELIEVER according to Acts 2:39. We can have the same might and authority as Peter had. EVERY BELIEVER can do the same things that believers did then by acting on Jesus’ words of commission as they acted on them. Being filled with this power, we, too, may say: ‘What I do have, I give you’, and see the sick and lame recover.
Maybe you say: ‘I am so small and weak.’ That is the kind of folk that God wants to use. Moses said that (Exodus 3:11, 4:1,10), Isaiah said that (Isaiah 6:5), Jeremiah said that (Jeremiah 1:6). This gives God a chance to ‘choose the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and choose the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty’ (1 Corinthians 1:27). This affords the proper circumstances in which you may confess, ‘I can of mine own self do nothing’; for Jesus said, ‘Without Me you can do nothing’ (Johannes 15:5). ‘When you are weak, then you are strong’ (2 Corinthians 12:10). ‘Let the weak say, I am strong’ (Joel 3:10). ‘God’s strength is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9). ‘Out of weakness the old prophets were made strong’ (Hebrews 11:34). The weaker you FEEL, the stronger you ARE in God. This fact, as proven by so many Scriptures, does not agree with the testimony of you five natural senses, but seeing that ‘we walk by FAITH and not by SIGHT’ (2 Corinthians 5:7) and that faith is the ‘substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11:1).