Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled [were afraid] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.  (Matthew 9:8 NKJV, explanation added)

Jesus had just forgiven the sins of a paralytic man and then, Jesus healed him!  The man took his bed and walked away.  This was demonstrating Jesus’ delegated authority to forgive sins, and also His power to heal the sick and to perform miracles.  The crowd gave all the glory to God.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  (Lk 10:19 NKJV)

Jesus was speaking to His followers in this verse.  The same power and authority that Jesus had, He gave to us–His followers–in order for us to set the captives free, heal the sick, perform miracles, and bring glory to God.  He has also given us grace to enable us to fulfill our assignment. (Eph 2:8 NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7 NKJV)

The Holy Spirit who has been given to us IS the Spirit of power, love, and self-control.  He will direct us in the practical use of these gifts if we will learn to hear His voice, and to obey it.

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  (Jo 20:21 NKJV)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”  (Lk 4:18, 19 NKJV)

As Jesus was sent to earth by the Father to accomplish the Father’s will, so WE are sent by Jesus to continue Jesus’ assignment here on the earth:  that the will of God may be done on earth as it is done in Heaven.   We’ve been given authority, grace, and power to fulfill our mission.  Exercise your God-given power and authority, and you will have an exciting and fulfilling life.  God has created you for this purpose!

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