God Will Not Exercise The Authority Delegated To Us

Over the years I’ve noticed a pattern in Christian prayer. I’ve observed this pattern in my own prayers and also in the prayers of other Christians. It is a pattern of asking God to excercise the authority He has delegated to us.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:8

In most Bibles this verse is written in red letters. This is common practice for statements made by Jesus.

Jesus told His disciples that they were to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils”. He did not tell them to pray for Him to do it!

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:8

The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”. This means that He is unchanging.

We approach Jesus in prayer and ask Him to heal us. If He is unchanging wouldn’t that mean His instructions to the disciples apply to us today?

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:8

Can you see anything in this statement that would indicate they were to ask God to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, or cast out devils”? I can’t. It seems that Jesus plainly told the disciple to do these works. He delegated authority to them. I have been unable to find a single New Testament verse that states this authority has ever been rescinded.

And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
Acts 19:15

Authority has been granted to the followers of Jesus to “cast out devils”. In this verse we see a demon’s reply to a group of believers who tried to cast him out. Why weren’t these believers able to cast out this demon?

We need to exercise wisdom in our Christian walk. It is a journey of growth in the things of God. I believe the problem these disciples had was that they were trying to walk in an authority they did not have a revelation of.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua 1:8

Joshua was stepping into Moses’ position to lead Israel. We cannot even begin to imagine the pressures of leading a nation. It seems like this would have required his full attention.

We see God’s instructions for success in this verse. He told Joshua to “meditate” in the “book of the law” “day and night”. The “book of the law” was the Scripture of Joshua’s day. God told him the key to his being able to successfully lead Israel would be in his immersion in the Word of God “day and night”!

I have heard people complain about not having enough time to read their Bible. I’ve even done this myself in the past. The Holy Spirit led me to Joshua 1:8. Joshua was called to lead a nation. My schedule will probably never be as full as his was. If God thought he could meditate on the Word “day and night” then the same would be true of us!

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