“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the law.”Matthew 7:28-29
When Jesus sent out His 12 disciples, He “gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness” (Matthew 10:1). When He sends us out into the world to tell the good news of the gospel, we also go with His authority.
It’s easy to feel that somehow we have to muster up sufficient knowledge and skill before we can authoritatively speak or act. That is a mistake, one I myself have made. God freely fills us with all the authority and ability we need for our task.
When we know the Bible and its precious promises, we are armed to share Jesus with those around us. We remember that “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow” (Hebrews 4:12). The person at the receiving end of a sword is very aware of the authority that accompanies it!
Authority need not be strident or aggressive. It is quietly confident. When we speak and act as Jesus would have us do, others recognize a distinctive power in our lives.
Take authority in the name of Jesus over the strongholds of sin in your life. You will be amazed at the results!
Bible In A Year
- Genesis 24
- Psalm 12
- Matthew 19-20