Scripture: When the seventy-two followers returned, they were excited and said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed when we spoke in your name!”
(Luke 10:17 CEV)
Message from the Word: Jesus had sent out his followers into the neighboring towns, instructing them to heal the sick, drive out demons and raise the dead (Matt 10:8). In today’s scripture, the 72 return excited and even surprised that demons obeyed them when they spoke Jesus’ name. This seems to be a common response even today. Yet Jesus has instructed us and given us the same power he gave to his followers. In Mark 16:17-18 Jesus said “Everyone who believes me will be able to do wonderful things. By using my name they will force out demons, and they will speak new languages. They will handle snakes and will drink poison and not be hurt. They will also heal sick people by placing their hands on them.” So why don’t we see more Christians doing what Jesus said to do? You have the power to do all these things. You have the authority of Jesus name. You are the child of God and have the same Holy Spirit that Jesus had. Stop believing the lies of the enemy and start believing in who you are. You have authority over sickness, disease, demons and even death. Start using your God given authority and start believing that even demons will obey you in Jesus name!
Prayer: Lord I stand in agreement with your word. You have given me authority to set people free from the lies, oppression and snares of the enemy. I speak your word and I take back that which the enemy has stolen. I thank you Lord for your love and for the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me and empowers me. In Jesus name.
By Ron DeGraw