Friday, May 30, 2014
It's A "POWER" Thang !
And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power.............
Exousia (Greek)- Force / ability / delegated influence / authority / the right to / strength.
Jesus handed this to a group of individuals. Humans. Men.
Sinful men. Messed up men. Fishermen.
God in flesh, Jesus, handed over to these people, power that is divine in nature. Pure and untainted. Heaven born. Power.
He freely gave it to them. Knowing full well, who they are and what they are capable of doing. In fact, one of the twelve He handed power to was Judas. Yep! Old "turn-him-in-for-30-pieces-of-silver" Judas. Jesus gave him power.
Now the word "power" is key to recovery.
Step # 2 declares that "We came to believe in a POWER greater than ourselves that could restore us to sanity." This power would be something that would be bestowed upon us because of our belief in the ability to free us from the bondage and slavery of addiction.
If you go on down into the first verse of Matthew chapter ten, you'll see that the power given by Jesus to His disciples was for breaking the strangle hold and works of the devil in the lives of others.
1.) operate with effectiveness against any unclean spirits. Yes Virginia, there is a whole other world operating all around us that involves the plans, schemes and attacks from demonic spirits. Jesus gave His "peeps" the power to break this hold and cast them out of the individuals who had fallen prey to this darkness.
2.) Heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. O.k....I'm going to go out on a limb here. Seems to me that the label of "disease" has been given to addiction. I'm not here to argue semantics, but if indeed addiction is an illness, then would it not make sense to turn to God for healing from it? I would think so. But we won't, because our western mindset tells us that these verses are ancient and written long before mankind got educated and smart. I'm telling you right now that no matter what you may believe or how you may view what I'm writing...God is still (did you catch that?) God is still the ultimate healer and we allow our own thoughts, doubts, fears, and about a million other reasons, to keep us from the healing we so desperately need.
That power that was handed out in Matthew 10:1 has not waned or disappeared. It is as real, fresh and available today for those who are ready to turn the page on their old lifestyle.
think on these things.....
God on you...
at May 30, 2014
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