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SOAP Entry: 1/5/12 A Message of Authority

S – Scripture Luke 4:32  They were amazed at His teaching because His message had authority. v. 36 All of the people were amazed and said… “what is this teaching? With authority and power He gives orders to evil spirits and they come out! v. 39.. he bent over her and rebuked the fever and it left her.

O – Observation Jesus knew who He was and what He could do (v. 18-19) So He spoke and acted with authority. His words carried power. His actions did too. Jesus spoke to demonic spirits and they obeyed. He spoke to fevers and they listened too. Dead folk came back to life. Jesus had power and wasn’t afraid to use it when He saw situations that demanded its use.

A – Application John 14:12 says that anyone who has faith in Jesus will do what He has done and EVEN GREATER! Why, then, do my own words so often seem to lack power and authority? And how do I fully tap into that which is my birthright as a joint-heir with Christ?  Moreover, why does the Christian community think that it is acceptable to operate with so little authority and power? Why don’t we see the connection between the state of our world and the lack of power and authority in the Church?

P – Prayer Lord, I want to exercise every gift you’ve given to me. I want my teaching and acts to be filled with your authority. Use me, Lord. There is so much that needs to be called out. There is so much that needs to be called into being. Help your people to lay claim to the authority you’ve given us! Help us to make a difference in the lives of the people in our homes, communities and in this world!

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