Day 2—Jan 8, 2018
Jesus brought the disciples into the authority and power He lived in.
DURING JESUS’ TIME on earth, the disciples had functioned under the umbrella of His experience and were deputized as a result. But before He left earth to live at the right hand of the Father, He made sure the disciples knew that the realm they had lived in for three and a half years with Him would never be enough for the days to come. They had to get their own power and authority. Matthew 28 gives the most complete and well known of the Great Commission passages. All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28: 18-20). Here, Jesus declares that He has all authority, which obviously implies that the devil has none. In that moment, He gives a commission to His followers. The secret of this moment is that authority is given in the commission. He then instructs them to wait in Jerusalem until they are clothed with power from on high. They had received authority but were instructed to wait for an encounter with power.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
MATTHEW 28: 18-20
(Bill Johnson) – All I knew was I was hungry for God. It had been my constant cry day and night.
I WANT TO CONTINUE sharing my story for the purpose of stirring up your expectation. Remember, your God delights in satisfying the hungry with good things (see Ps. 107: 9). If you find yourself longing for more of God, this testimony is your license to press in with expectation. He comes and encounters us differently, but make no mistake—His touch changes everything. The evening before my encounter was glorious. We were having meetings with a good friend and prophet, Dick Joyce. The year was 1995. At the end of the meeting, I prayed for a friend who was having difficulty experiencing God’s Presence. I told him that I felt God was going to surprise him with an encounter that could come in the middle of the day or even at 3 a.m. When the power fell on me that night, I looked at the clock. It was 3 a.m. exactly. I knew I had been set up. For months I had been asking God to give me more of Him. I wasn’t sure of the correct way to pray, nor did I understand the doctrine behind my request. All I knew was that I was hungry for more. God does not answer our cries because we asked perfectly or offered up the appropriate spiritual jargon. It is the longing that motivates the prayer that He is looking at and responding to. PSALM 107: 9
Jesus, You have all authority in Heaven and on earth. This means that the devil has none. He is a defeated foe and You reign as the Victorious One. I go forward today in this knowledge—that the One who has all authority lives within me. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for helping me represent Jesus well in every area of my life. May my life bring a clearer demonstration of Jesus’ victory to the world as I continue to make hosting Your Presence my great quest in life. Father, You delight in satisfying the thirsty soul. Your Word promises that You will fill the hungry with what is good. I am hungry for more, Lord. I am hungry to experience every part of the glorious inheritance I received the day I was filled with Your Spirit. I refuse to put limits or boundaries on what is available in the here and now. You said, “On earth as it is in Heaven.” I make it my aim to experience as much Heaven on earth as is possible through Your Spirit.
WHAT IS FATHER SAYING TO ME TODAY?