By: Tim Sader
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Last week we learned what Christ said about the rich man and Lazarus a beggar at his gate and we learned about where our treasure should be. The rich man had authority over his gate and Lazarus longed for the table scraps that fell from his table but the rich man would not share even a crumb with him. Because of this attitude and selfish way of living the rich man died and was in Hades but Lazarus went to paradise where he received the treasure he never had on earth. The rich man then wanted just a drop of water from Lazarus but was not able to get a drink because his treasure was spent in this life and he would not share it so nothing could be shared with Him in death. Being rich and trusting only in worldly wealth will not save us it is hard for the rich man to sell everything because that is his treasure and he trusts in it. Storing up treasure in earth is nonsense it will pass away we should use what we are blessed with here to bless others and in doing so we store up treasure in heaven where it can’t be destroyed. God gave us everything to enjoy including our wealth and there is great joy in helping others so if we do this it pleases God and from Him we receive our treasure. Our hearts are where our treasure is so if our treasure is with the Lord our hearts should be with Him also and we will share our love with others so that our treasure will remain. We must do our good deeds while we are living to enjoy this treasure in heaven so with your authority be sure you bless others so forever you will be blessed.
As surely as we store up our treasure for doing good we have been given authority from above through believing in Christ. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Christ preached with authority on earth not seen before God has given Him all authority and His name is above all things on earth and in heaven. This is the authority he has shared with us who believe so that we can go out and minister to others and carry with us the authority to change things. We must learn the authority we have in Christ if we are going to be part of this end times church so others can see the power of God move and be changed. To the end of the age and on; Christ has the authority so if we stay in Him we will walk in His authority. Matthew 10:1 says, “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” The power given to us is power over darkness, over the things that keep us down, causing us hurt and pain. Christ gave us authority to drive these things out of people so they can be transformed and learn to follow Him. Evil spirits, demons, sickness and disease have no authority over Christ’s anointed they must submit to Him and His name. Mark 6:7 says, “Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.” He sent them out in authority to do the work of bringing nations to the Lord and making disciples of people teaching them about Him. They went out two by two and took authority over impure spirits to help the people. There is more power in agreement so getting other people to use their authority with ours means we have even more power over the works of the enemy.
Ephesians 1:18-23 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Here is a prayer prayed for those who believe that we might be enlightened to know the hope of Gods glory we been called into through Christ. In Him we have the authority and power of God who raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand. Now Christ in us has power over all the domain of our enemy His name is higher than every other name so all things must come into submission to Him and through the power in His name. Christ is head of the church, we should be moving when he says to move and already He sent us and gave us power to do His will. Colossians 2:9-10 says, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” In Christ lives all the power of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all in Him so in Him we are brought into the fullness of God and in Him we have great authority. Christ is the head and that is where the brain is so this authority we been given should be used to do what the brain would have us do. He used His authority for loving us and doing good so the authority we have is for showing love and doing good deeds for those lost souls. Today’s verseLuke 10:19 says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” The name of Jesus and the authority we posses in Him is stronger anything living, dead or undead. In Him we can be made to trample on poisonous creatures and overcome their sting. All the power of the evil one and his domain has no power over the authority we have in Christ. Today I pray we would learn to walk in our spiritual authority making the enemy powerless in the land we posses as servants of Christ. Nothing can harm us if we will take a stand for God and take charge using the power and authority inside of us.
I will be working on transitioning Tuesdays Torch into other written forms as another way of spreading the light into the dark and if you’d enjoy group discussions at my house or church let me know and we’ll start it up. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC check them out atwww.morningstarministries.org or by going to www.morningstartv.com where you can watch Friday School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking watch live at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the messages spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27