Brother Kirt's Daily Devotions
Thursday, December 20, 2018by Bro Kirt Scott on December 20, 2018
7 Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.
8 These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff-- no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
9 Wear sandals but not an extra tunic.
10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.
11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them."
12 They went out and preached that people should repent.
13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
Have I ever mentioned that Jesus is powerful? In fact, He is ALL-powerful. This means that He has authority over all the powers of heaven and earth. There is no comparison in either to the power that He possesses. Jesus told His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matthew 28:18).” On the Day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter proclaimed, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36)." So, are we in agreement that Jesus is the supreme authority over all things? Good! He has so much authority and so much power that He can prescribe power to His disciples. In our passage this morning, He sent the disciples out two by two to preach, heal, and deliver demoniacs. They found great success in all of those things. The power of Jesus is still very real. He can choose to use us in some pretty powerful ways to help change the lives of others. Let us never lose focus on the most powerful tool that He has given to all of His disciples…the message of the gospel. The reason that Jesus gave the disciples such power was so that others would sit up and take notice of the message of repentance they preached. We now have the Word of God in its entirety so that we can share the message, God’s message, with the masses that do not know Him as their Father…that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Even though you might feel powerless at the moment, Christ desires to empower you, save you, and use you for His glorious plans.
2 Peter 1:3-4
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Father God, thank you for saving me through the blood of Jesus and thank you for empowering me to live a godly life while sharing the same message that saved and empowered me. Guide and direct me today through your Word and Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.