October 16, 2014

Read: Luke 10:17-24

Jesus gave His disciples power over serpents, scorpions, and demons.  He then rebuked these seventy who were sent out, for being so enamored with this authority.  They had witnessed many of Jesus' miracles and exorcisms, and they were incredulous that they were able to subject the demons in His name.    

In I John 4:4, we are reminded that: "Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world." We who are His disciples today have power to speak with the authority that He has delegated to us as well. We must be careful though, to speak only in His name, and at His bidding.

This is not a magic wand to be used indiscriminately, or without discernment. In much the same way that we do not presumptuously handle snakes or drink poison to prove our faith or authority, neither do we presume to enter the strong man's house unless he (Satan) is first bound ( Mt. 12:29).  We are to exercise our authority over the forces of darkness under the covering of the shed blood of Jesus, and in His strong name, and in accordance with His word.

We serve a risen Savior who has all power, and we battle a defeated enemy whose power is subject to the Lord's and whose time for tempting and reeking havoc is short. What do you think is to be our position when faced with the enemy of our souls?  Are you convinced of your God-given authority and power?  Will you search His word for how and when you are to wield this power?  Remember I John 4:4 - resist and rebuke!  

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.