It Is Written, Mark 16:17–18, "and these signs will follow those who believe: 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."
Today we will try to explain what being a conduit of God's love and power means.
In order for the apostles, or any Christian to perform the works that Jesus did, they had to believe that He gave them that power. Being simple people, they probably just believed, and didn't give it another thought. If you asked them to explain how it worked, they probably couldn't explain.
We've all heard it explained in various ways. A wire from a plug carries power to a radio, for instance. Then you have an example of the policeman having the power of the law behind him.
If you have ever managed people, you have a good idea of how it works. The company says that you are the boss of the department for instance. When the company does that, they are telling everyone in the department that you represent the company. When you speak, you are taking the place of the company. The people you speak to understand that, so they do as you direct. Failure to do so, invites consequences. This goes for all levels of management.
Okay, so where does that leave us? There are some important differences between working for a company and working for Jesus.
When you are Christian, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are in your heart. You are dealing directly with the top guys. No layers of people between you and the top. You have immediate access to everything you need immediately.
When you are the boss, you speak the words to someone. You have to come up with the answer in the first place, and follow through to make sure it was done correctly. If a problem comes up, you have to figure it out.
When you work for Jesus, you have the greatest, most rewarding job there is. Jesus and the Holy Spirit know everything. You are taking Jesus place on earth. He tells you what to do. For instance" lay hands on that person and pronounce them healed in My name".
Pretty simple. He gives you the easy part. You say it and your job is done, He makes it happen. What was pronounced in Jesus name, has no choice, it must be. The power comes from Jesus who is living in your heart, and makes that short trip, through you to the person you are praying for. I think you'll agree, that exercising the power from Jesus, is much easier, with no fear of failure. Praise the Lord!
Remember Jesus Loves You
Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation. Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
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