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Thursday, July 31, 2014

God's Power and Authority in You!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


How about we start off this morning with a knockout punch promise and verse from Jesus? Are you ready? Then read John 14:14: "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

That sounds like Jesus is making Himself a genie – a wish granter - the divine wishbone. He isn't. He’s the executor and fulfiller of God’s will and purpose. He was preparing His disciples to continue on with His work in His name. He wanted them to know that He would not abandon them. He didn't want them to feel inadequate or feel left alone. He expressed these words to let them know He would be with them and would always help them. What they would execute would not be about them. It would be about bringing the good news of Jesus Christ and His power so that others would know they were sent by Jesus. He wanted the same for us!
When Jesus ministered, He ministered with power. Luke 4:32 says, "And they were astonished at Jesus’ doctrine: for His word was with power." The word power here is often translated authority. But it really implies both as we see in Luke 4:36. "Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, "What a word this is! For with authority and power Jesus commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." The Greek word for authority is the same word as power in the first verse. And the word for power in this verse means “miracle-working power.” The bottom line – when Jesus ministered, He was doing what His Heavenly Father wanted Him to do with authority and miracle-working power!

Now in teaching His disciples, He was preparing and instructing them in how they will continue His work - with authority and power. In that time of instruction, He says these mind-blowing and powerful words. If you pay close attention, you’ll see that He is saying them ALSO to you personally as a believer and disciple of Jesus Christ. He says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)
Now, for far too many people, these words are difficult to take at face value. People want to reinterpret them with symbolic meaning instead.  The words as they are, throws their mind in tilt. They shouldn't. Jesus was saying that as they continued His work - reaching out to people and ministering to them and their needs in His behalf, then “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

For most believers, it only takes trying to step out at being used of God one time with less than satisfying results to discourage them from ever doing it again. “I was praying for my friend’s son to get better and I asked Jesus to heal him and it didn’t happen, so this doesn’t apply to me doing it.”

We aren't responsible for the results. When we first begin to walk out this calling - what Jesus meant to be part of everyone's Christian walk - there may be no real faith involved. It may be more about overcoming fear - or learning to step out in faith. In time, your actions and heart will mature and be the result of sincere heart faith. You will see God's power work through you! We are responsible to learn and know the Father’s will taught to us through the Word of God. We are responsible to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit within our hearts and learn to respond in faith as He directs us and leave the rest up to Him.

Remember that Jesus walked in authority and power. He knew the Father’s will. He knew when the Father was leading Him. He never doubted. What you never see in the gospels is His years of learning to obey His Father up to the time of the start of His ministry. You and I are learning the word of God. You and I are learning to follow after the Spirit of God. Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Learning to do anything – especially learning God’s will and learning to follow and obey Him is a process. It happens through prayer. It takes courage and spiritual strength. But, will you try? Will you let God lead you? Will you learn His will so that you have the courage to pray over others with authority? Will you listen to others and pray for them according to His will? Will you be His hands and feet in this earth?

Over my 33 years of ministry, I have learned to keep my head and mental arguments of doubt and unbelief out of what I feel the Spirit of God is leading me to do - especially when it comes to praying for people. As a man, I’d like to try to fix everyone’s problems, yet what I can do is so minuscule and shallow. What God can do is beyond what I can ask or think including making the impossible possible. So, I try to mentally step aside and just pray and believe with them in faith according to God’s will. The testimonies that come back are amazing.

What the Lord taught me to do about fifteen years ago was to finish every time of prayer with people with this request. “I would like to ask you to please come back to me with your good report and testimony of how God helped you through this.” They agree to and they eventually do come back. I have had three people come back to me from prayers over two years ago, just this week. 
Jesus meant it when He said, "You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." He wasn't lying. He gave us these words to help others in His authority and power! So be led by the Holy Spirit and when the time comes, just do it!

Luke 10:19-20 Jesus said, "Behold I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy...But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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