Monday, June 11, 2012

UNDER AUTHORITY Tuesday 12 June


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Memorise: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. Luke 7:7

Read: Luke 7:1-10

One person who understood authority and order is the Centurion of Luke 7:1-10. When he met Jesus and asked of Him healing for his sick servant, he asked the Lord not to bother coming to his house as he was not worthy of such honour. He only requested a word from Jesus to heal his servant where he was. By this, the centurion was saying he recognised the link between Jesus and His Father hence a word of command from Jesus would be like His Father was the One dishing it out. Being a soldier under Caesar, the centurion could issue orders to soldiers under him and they would obey, not because of him, but because of his master Caesar.

From this encounter the Centurion had with Jesus, it is glaring that what you know will determine the extent you can go. You can never go above your knowledge. But it is not just what you know but acting out what you know. Many people have knowledge but they never apply it. The knowledge that is not applied is useless to the one who has it. To what extent have you applied your knowledge of God’s Word to change your situation? What you don’t know brings a limitation into your life. The more ignorant you are, the more limited you will be and the less value anybody can derive from you. Show me a man that people get blessed from whenever he takes a sermon, talk or exhortation, and l will show you a man who pays a price to acquire knowledge. To what extent are you seeking knowledge today? In addition, that link between the Father and Jesus is extended to us. That is, when you command demons, sicknesses and problems and they obey, it is not because of your powerful, baritone voice, your dressing or even your make up; it is because of the authority that is backing you- the authority of Jesus. When you cast out devils, they will say: “Imagine this little rat who was born just yesterday issuing orders to us! Anyway, we have to obey or else be roasted by the Consuming Fire”. This is why you must never break your link with Jesus.

KEY POINT:
It takes you being under God’s authority to operate by His authority.
 
Bible in one year: 1 John 1-2