He Gave Us Power and Authority

Yeshua had a mission on the earth, part of which was to destroy the works of the enemy. (1John 3:8) He shared that mission with His disciples – He “gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases.” (Luke 9: 1) He delegated His authority to accomplish His mission then and has delegated it to us, His current batch of disciples.

As co-heirs with Christ, as His ambassadors now in this earth, we have the same anointing, the same authority to continue His mission. We must embrace this truth and resist the work of the enemy as we encounter it around us. Why in the world would Yeshua not include us in this work?

There is much sickness and demonic oppression going on around us and it is increasing because the Church is not exercising the authority that Christ gave us. We need to believe just like the disciples needed to believe that we have “healing hands” and we need to start using them.

Does not mean that every sick person that we touch is going to be miraculously healed on the spot? Is that how it was for the disciples? There is one recorded incident in Matt 17 whereby a father complains that the disciples could not help his son.

We can develop this healing anointing but we have to exercise the authority we have been given. We do this by responding to people who are ill by laying our hands on them and believing the healing grace of Yeshua is being released to make them whole.

Our faith and authority can’t grow if we don’t step out. We don’t need to make a big production out of it but we always want to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit. It comes down to our faith and the faith of the recipient to receive (“…believe you receive…” Mark 11:24)

Let’s remember the next time and the times after that when we have the chance to place our hand on someone’s shoulder or arm or give a hug or even shake hands, we are calling upon the authority Yeshua has given us to see healing and shalom change lives.

 

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