GOD GIVES US POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER MUCH
Believers have been given the same supernatural power and authority that Jesus used. The important question is: are we using it to glorify Him? Are we using it at all?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Power and authority
A woman driving down the highway saw a deer heading directly toward her. “In Jesus’ name, go back!” she yelled. The animal stopped as if struck and then retreated. Other such stories of instant help have been shared throughout the world. Such stories sound preposterous and unbelievable. Enough witnesses, however, including many first responders, have testified to the verity of people saved through miraculous ways.
Jesus’ miracles seemed unbelievable to many people, too. That didn’t stop them from happening, nor does it today. The exciting fact is that we believers have as much authority and power to cause miracles as Jesus did. Chapters 8-10 of the Gospel of Luke tell us why Jesus performed four of His miracles when He did.
“He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.” (Luke 8:24) Physically impossible? Yes, but supernaturally possible. The story shows that Jesus had authority over nature. The next example of His power shows His authority and power over demons. Then, following His healing of a demon-possessed man, a woman desperate for help after suffering for twelve years touched the hem of Jesus’ robe. She was instantly healed, which shows us that Jesus also had authority and power over disease.
Simultaneously, a religious leader begged Jesus to heal his daughter, but the child died before Jesus could make it to the man’s house. That didn’t stop Jesus, for He assured the man his child was not dead. Jesus “took her by the hand and called, saying, ‘Little girl, arise.’ Then her spirit returned and she arose immediately.” (Luke 8:54-55) Luke’s story portrays Jesus’ authority and power over death.
Following those four miracles, He called His twelve disciples together and sent them out with the same power and authority. By now they had witnessed first-hand how to use such power. “They departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. … When they had returned, they told Him all that they had done.” (Luke 9:6, 10)
Of course, these were Jesus’ chosen men, we may think, not people like us. But wait, there’s more! In Luke 10, Jesus chose seventy other followers and sent them out, two by two, with the same orders. They later returned “with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.’” (Luke 10:17)
Like the seventy, we Christ-followers are gifted with the same power and authority.
Lord, thank You for the power and authority we have through Your Holy Spirit. Cause us to believe in and use Your power. Guide us as we serve You in bringing goodness and healing to others. In Jesus’ name, amen.