Devotion – Luke 9

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S – Summoning the Twelve, he gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. Then he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. “Take nothing for the road,” he told them, “no staff, no traveling bag, no bread, no money; and don’t take an extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. If they do not welcome you when you leave that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and traveled from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere. 

Luke 9:1–6 CSB

O – Jesus gave power (His power) and authority (His authority).  The disciples were going out to preach the message they heard Jesus preach and then minister like He did.  On the surface, they were excited to see they could do it too!  Jesus is playing chess, not checkers.  He is demonstrating again that He is the Messiah.  He is showing them again that he has authority over demons and sickness.  He is giving a taste to the early church – God will use men and women to share and minister in His name, authority and power.  He even sent them out for a short stint to see what villages would accept Him and his message.  This wasn’t just a task.  This was a strategic, leadership move.

A – I want to walk in the authority, power and heart of ministry that Christ did.  I want to be strategic and include others in the journey of furthering his message of salvation, forgiveness, freedom and healing.

R – Lord, help me to do this.