Morning by Morning, March 12 - With Authority and Under Authority
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I am Yours and You are mine. Lead me in the way that leads to life in You today. ...
"These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: 'Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment" (Matthew 10:5-8).
You gave Your first disciples tremendous power and authority in Your name. You sent them to proclaim the coming of the kingdom of God and demonstrate it in the power of God. But at the same time, You gave them instructions and restrictions of where to go and to whom to minister during that particular season of time. Though they had great authority, they were also required to be under Your authority.
Like Your first disciples, we are Your disciples, with great authority to be exercised in faith and obedience under Your authority (Matthew 28:18-20). You send us out into our world to proclaim the coming of the kingdom of God and demonstrate it in the power of God. Your kingdom is within us, so Your power flows through us, and Your kingdom draws near wherever You send us (Luke 17:21).
But we must be willing to humble ourselves to seek Your leading, to obey your instructions and restrictions of where to go and to whom to minister. As the Son of Man filled with the Spirit of God, You only did what You saw the Father doing and only said what You heard the Father saying (John 5:19). And though we are sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, filled with the Holy Spirit of the Living God, we also are to look and listen for how You're leading. The Spirit in You is the same Spirit in us (Romans 8:11). And just as the Father sent You, so You send us in the authority and power of Your Spirit within us (John 20:21).
Come, Holy Spirit. Like the centurion commander whose faith was highly commended by Jesus Himself, I know "I am a man under authority" (Matthew 8:9). So as best as I can and all by Your grace I willing choose to submit to Your authority today. Speak to my spirit and guide my steps, as You lead my heart and direct mind. Show me where to go, who to encounter, and what to do in the power and authority of the name of Jesus, as the son of God that I am. Let the kingdom of God draw near wherever I go. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friend, may you see what the Lord is doing, hear what the Lord is saying, and go where the Lord is sending you in the authority of His name in the power of His Spirit everywhere He sends you each day, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!