God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4
As ministers of the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ we have been given His name to use as power of attorney, His divine power for the destruction of strongholds, the cleansing force of His blood and all authority over our enemies! We as believers are the sole expression of the Lord Jesus in the earth, to display His power and glory to a lost and dying world and as His body, to rule and reign over all the powers of darkness and expand His kingdom!
The name of Jesus is above all names and every knee shall bow and every tongue will eventually confess that He is truly Lord of all, King of all kings and Ruler of the universe. We have been given His name to rule in His stead upon the earth as His body to do that which He did, to heal all oppressed by the devil and to proclaim the good news of His gospel of salvation. We are stewards of the mysteries of God and keepers of His word to be delivered to the lost and to be entrusted to those who would make Him Lord!
We are called to conquer, to heal, to deliver, to raise the dead and to perform miracles in His name. There is no other force on the planet that can withstand the onslaught of His divine power, given to all who believe and submit under His lordship. If you are a born again, blood washed saint of the Most High, you are called into the ministry of His service to be filled with His Spirit and to be led to perform the greater works of His kingdom!
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (authority) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12,13
THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
The same power that raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead dwells in those of us baptized in His Holy Spirit. We have been entrusted with the most powerful force in the universe, able to destroy the enemy's strongholds, heal any disease and raise the dead. Our God given powers are limitless to those of us who believe and appropriate that which He has given us.
As Jesus Christ was in the earth so are we, His body, filled with the same power to transform the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. The world is being covered with a deep darkness slipping into the pits of Hell without hope and the body of Christ has been sedated with the lusts and pleasures of the world, unconcerned for the millions of lost and dying people bound in sin. We hold the only weapons that can defeat the powers of darkness and set the captives free from the bondage of iniquity. We as His church have not gone into the harvest, choosing to stay in the safety of our cathedrals of complacency and like a giant cruise ship we have drowned out the cries of the damned with our praise music and programs, unable to fish for the souls of men sinking into Hell outside the church building!
The gifts and power of God were not given to be played with inside the confines of a building in some fleshly service, they were given to change the world and to save and disciple the lost, to heal all oppressed by the devil and to proclaim to all the world that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation for mankind! If you have been born again, washed in the Savior's blood and filled with His Spirit, then you are called into the service of the greatest army the world has ever known. So, with that in mind what are you going to do with the most powerful gift ever given, will you employ it in the service of the King, or will you bury your "Talent" in the ground? The choice is yours!
"And these signs will follow those who have believed; in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mark 16:17,18
THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things that have come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11,12
Jesus Christ is the perfect sacrifice given by our heavenly Father for all of mankind's sins, transgressions, iniquities and sicknesses. There is no other who died to give us eternal life but He who bled in seven specific places to give us a complete salvation.
From the garden to the grave, His sweat turned to blood, giving us entrance back into God's favor, beaten and bruised for our iniquities, whipped thirty nine times to heal our diseases, crowned with thorns to restore our God-given provision, His hands pierced with the inscription of our names, His feet pierced to give us authority over our enemies and finally, His heart pierced and broken for our sins. Only the Lord Jesus Christ has given us the way of salvation by the complete and lasting sacrifice of His life, and the shedding of His own blood to save us from eternal damnation!
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and there is no other in which we receive salvation. He died in our stead for whom was due the punishment for sin. He purchased all who would believe and repent of their sins becoming their Savior and Lord, allowing them access into the realms of the heavenly kingdom forever!
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:13-15
THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
All authority and power belong to the Lord Jesus Christ and He has given the use of it to those of us who have become His disciples. We have the power to defeat Satan and all the powers of darkness and yet I believe we haven't scratched the surface in knowing how to use it, or how to employ it to defeat the enemy!
The main reason we don't know how to fight is the fact that for the most part the body of Christ is untrained and ignorant of their divine weapons, power and God-given authority. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ has been turned upside down by the devil and made to believe they are just members of an organization or denomination led by a man and that they are just to show up and shut up! Poor little sheep submitting under the senior shepherd and CEO of a religious business, resurrected from a dead and thought to be buried priesthood that Jesus destroyed by His death, burial and resurrection!
The most powerful church ever to inhabit the planet was the First Pentecostal Assembly of God in Jerusalem, made up of the disciples of Jesus and those who were saved by the power of His Spirit poured out from on high and the preaching of Peter. This band of born again brothers and sisters gave all to be a part of the greatest expression of His body by selling all and spreading the message of the gospel to thousands and they had no leadership, no pastor, no deacons, no elders, no Bibles, no Starbucks, only twelve apostles, who were only sharing what they had experienced from the Lord. They were born again, Spirit filled saints of the Most High, anointed and sent by the Holy Spirit Himself to change the world!
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Mark 16:19,20
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin