Saturday, August 26, 2017

Jesus Has ALL Authority!

Matthew 28:16-20

"Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Do you really understand the magnitude of what Jesus said to His chosen apostles? He told them ALL authority has been given to Him in Heaven AND on earth. So let me break that down a little more.

All means - 1a: the whole amount, quantity, or extent of 1b: as much as possible

Authority means - 1a: power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior

Wow! Just to meditate on the truth of the authority and power that Jesus has is mind blowing!

Jesus has the whole amount, quantity, and extent of power to influence and command thought, opinion, and behavior of every spiritual and human being in Heaven and on earth! That means nothing and no one can resist His power and authority when He speaks or decides to do something!

Men and women can be resisted, apostles and prophets can be resisted, martyred and killed, but Jesus can't be killed! He died in the flesh once already and now He is alive and reigns forever more! And He is able to be everywhere at the same time and dwells inside those who believe in Him by His Spirit.

Here's a few examples of His authority when He walked this earth.

Mark 11:1-6

"Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.” So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go."

Luke 19:33 even tells us that the owners of the colt were standing there and asked the disciples why they were loosing the colt, but when the disciples spoke exactly as the Lord told them, the owners let them go and their own colt too!

Mark 14:12-16

"Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?” And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover."

Whenever the Lord speaks and commands something to be, it is!

The Lord even causes enemies of the righteous to be at peace with them!

Proverbs 16:7

"When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him."

Yes the Lord Jesus has ALL power and authority in Heaven and on earth, He has the preeminence, He is above all and over all, there is nothing that He cannot do. Is He on your side? Is He fighting for you? There is no greater ally, teacher, and friend than Jesus.

Abiding In Him,

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Set The Captives Free!

Luke 4:31-37

"Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority. Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region."

Mark 1:25-26

"But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him."

The first thing to look at here is the man with the unclean demon was IN the synagogue with all the other Jews and religious leaders but none of them knew the man was demonized. It's very likely even the man himself didn't know! And if you think satan, or demons can't be inside you or in somebody sitting right next to you in a church building or anywhere else, you are absolutely wrong!

Remember Jesus chose Judas and he called him a devil! And wasn't Judas reclining with Jesus at the last supper when satan himself entered him and took over his body to go and betray Jesus? And how did Jesus handle that? He told Judas and satan, to go and do what he was going to do quickly, Jesus has ALL authority!

John 13:26-27

"Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”

I've learned that you don't really know what's in you until it manifests itself or it's revealed by the Spirit through dreams, fasting and prayers.

The Lord also uses His ministers to discern the spirits and those who have been given spiritual authority and power to cast out demons, like the apostles and evangelists. But if you don't have the authority and power to cast them out, you could end up like the seven sons of Sceva!

Acts 19:11-16

"Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded."

Deliverance is the children's bread, if you are in the body of Christ and you are not completely holy like John the Baptist, or Jesus, (and it IS possible to walk in holiness!) then you have demons IN your flesh!

So many Christians don't understand the truth about demons, how they operate and how they get inside your flesh. Demons can enter you through many ways, the obvious ones are occult practices, i.e. witchcraft, Ouija boards, going to séances, having your palms read, worshipping satan, etc...

Demons can also enter you through traumatic experiences, like witnessing a death, being the victim of rape or molestation, and having a near death experience. Demons can enter through generational curses, through family members that practice witchcraft, or who are involved in secret societies, like freemasonry, skull and bones, etc...

The truth is that even after you become a Christian by being baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, all the evil, strongholds, infirmities, and yes demons are not completely dealt with the moment you enter the body of Christ. Yes your sins are forgiven, you are a new creation in Christ, the old has gone the new has come etc... but many of the things you did in the past still have to be dealt with through prayer and fasting, bible study, repentance, forgiveness of yourself and others.

That's why you can see so many believers who are hypocrites and spend years in church attendance and participate in all the church functions, but never experience the life changing deliverance that Jesus bought for us at the cross, because of lack of knowledge and fear!

I didn't think I had any demons in me until I listened to Derek Prince's sermon, "How To Be Delivered From Demons" I watched until the end and followed along as Derek explained in detail so many things I had no knowledge of, then I repeated what he said when he started the deliverance part of the sermon and immediately I felt within myself that evil spirits started to leave my flesh! It changed my life and opened me up to a whole new world of spiritual truths and realities that I had many preconceptions about!

If you really want to be free, the Son can and will set you free indeed!

In Jesus Name,