Topic: Dominion Over All [DCLM Daily Manna 18 December 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Luke 9:1-9
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
8 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.
Key Verse: “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick” – (Luke 9:1,2).
A traffic officer raised up her left hand to stop a coming heavily loaded articulated lorry. Herein is demonstrated the interplay of power and authority. The power to halt the lorry is not dependant on her gender, size, tribe, but by the authority she possesses.
Jesus Christ called together his twelve disciples and gave them power (ability to act on his behalf) and authority (the lawful right to act on his behalf). Their mission was to give spiritual light to the people (preach the kingdom of God) and comfort (to heal the sick) thereby relieving those that are spiritually and physically disabled and tortured by the devil. Jesus gave them complete instruction as regards their expected behaviour on the field.
They were to have a full mastery of self not going from house to house to crave for better care or collect money and favour because of the gift of God and mercy of God they were to dispense. Herod saw the multiplication of the kingdom work and was perplexed. He thought that the truth was banished by the beheading of John but now the fire of the gospel was spreading to the cities and villages.
Every disciple today is called to be a witness of Jesus Christ. The prominent feature of their equipment for the works, power, authority and the willingness to give up everything superfluous to reach out to the lost is as important today as ever. The sphere of the work in reaching out to the lost in our neighbourhood and bringing hope to the hopeless and vision of heaven is a call that every believer must heed promptly and with thoroughness. We are to “Occupy till [He comes]”.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Love not the fleece but the flock.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.
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