…with authority …

Luke 4:31-37

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

 …his word possessed authority….. with authority and power he commands…are two phrases used in this passage and with them the reaction of the people, astonished at the teaching and amazement.  Knowledge of who one is in the Lord gives confidence and with that confidence comes the ability to speak with authority.  Who did Jesus answer to here on earth?  No one, only His Father whose will He followed and obeyed.  Who do we ultimately answer to?  The Lord to whom we belong.  Jesus knew who he was and the authority he had.  He did not pull back, He moved forward and that was noticed.

 We are His, and with that comes confidence.  We too can move forward no matter the attack, no matter what comes at us, we look to Him: His example, His lead. Look at what this attitude does to stress!  It diminishes and no longer has a hold on us. We receive authority from Him, confidence from Him.   We move in the strength we gain from Christ and in that obedience we find joy.  That is the draw that brings others to Christ.

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