Ex. 13:17 π Psa. 11:5 π Dan. 7:14 π Mt. 10:1 π Mt. 17:16-19 π Mt. 17:23 π Mt. 28:18 π Lk. 10:1-19 π Lk. 14:33 π Acts 1:8
“And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” ( Mt. 10:1; top )
The disciples didn’t proclaim this power into being, nor did they promote it into a reality. God, in His sovereign purpose and plan, gave it to them.
We know Jesus gave power of all the enemy to the original twelve, and also to the seventy of Lk. 10:1-19 . He could readily do this because He had it to give. He said, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and earth.” ( Mt. 28:18 ) We don’t totally comprehend all of God’s conditions for giving His disciples His power, but obviously there is one condition we do know of: “…whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My (God’s) disciple.” ( Lk. 14:33; top )
We quote Mt. 17:16-19 as part of our power. However, this discourse was directed to Peter, and that he would be able to bind and loose and God would honor his binding and loosing, not now and then, but every time. (Peter had much to learn, as evidenced in Mt. 17:23; top , when Jesus rebuked him openly.)
Throughout the entire Bible, there is a definite correlation between sacrifice and power, yet contemporary Christianity has pretty much bypassed this truth.
Another condition for power is exemplified by the experience of the Israelites in their exodus from Egypt. The children of Israel saw God’s acts, but Moses knew God’s ways and Israel needed to know God’s ways and to walk in them instead of getting attached to His acts. Without the sacrifice of Moses for 80 years, there would have been no acts and no exodus. So, after getting delivered from Egypt, the Israelites were led into the desert instead of toward the promised land – because even though they had been freed from slavery, they were not ready to face the war-like Philistines (see Ex. 13:17; top ), and needed to learn some lessons, shut off from the rest of the world. When they had learned their lessons and lost their rebellion, they were ready for power from God to gain the promised land.
The book of Acts tells us, “You shall receive power after (not “when”) the Holy Spirit is come upon you…” ( Acts 1:8 ) After lessons have been learned…after the sacrifice of the self-life. After these dealings of the Lord ( “The Lord tries the righteous” – Psa. 11:5; top ), the Lord can see if we’ll take a temper so His power can be given and trusted unto us.
Later, after other dealings, the Lord Jesus may see fit to give us not only the former rain but the latter rain also.
“And there was given Him (Jesus) dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” ( Dan. 7:14; top )
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