Authority

Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go and make disciples.”  

He also said, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

Do we really believe these promises? If we do, we will go and make disciples, and we will overcome all of the attacks of the enemy. It is tempting to shrink back from ministry responsibility and from facing the enemy. It requires great faith to join the battle and to win souls for Christ.

With authority comes great responsibility, but, also, great privilege. We are privileged to defeat great enemy ploys, to walk and talk with kings, and to offer great consolation to all.  

Jesus said, “Fear not, little children, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” He even bestowed on us the power and privilege to forgive sins.  

How awesome is that?!

We err if we think that Our Father and Our Lord are stingy with their blessings and their graces—if we think that they are reluctant to empower us to walk with them and work with them.  

Like the servant who buried his talent and did not use it, we will not please Our Father, if we neglect to employ the talents that he has given us.  

It is true enough that we are justified by faith, but it is also true that we are judged by our works. “Faith without works is dead.” So, let us begin by using our authority to cast off fear and doubt and to lay claim to peace and joy.  

Let us make ourselves available to be ready instruments in Our Savior’s vast arsenal. Let us prepare ourselves to move out at the whisper of his command. May his kingdom come and his will be done!

~ Brad Heilhecker

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