Wow! All the messages we hear from Pastor Richard Weintraub week after week are amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to pick one to focus on when they are all coming straight from the Spirit of God, convicting the innermost places of the heart.
This Sunday morning’s message:
Mark 1: 24-27 (KJV)
24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
How did Yeshua walk and speak with such authority? No scribe or Pharisee ever spoke like him (Mark 1:22). We look at this and are amazed that Jesus could do these things but yet he himself said greater works shall you do in John 14:12 (KJV):
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
It wasn’t the Father’s desire for Jesus alone to walk with this kind of authority but rather He desires SONS, many to walk on the earth with authority. Everywhere Yeshua walked he was taking authority over his enemies, yet we seem to be lacking this kind of authority in the church and really in our lives. Instead we’ve concluded only Jesus can walk with that kind of authority and compromised who we are choosing rather to be just a partaker of what the world has to offer - the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and never overcoming our enemies.
Jesus grew in authority because he understood the importance of growing in the full content of the scriptures. From addressing the devil in the wilderness, to casting out demons and confounding the wisdom of the scribes and Pharisees, they knew who he was because they heard the authority and the content.
If authority and content are inseparable, then our absence of authority is tied to our lack of immediacy to hold on the word of God and our lack of value for the word that has been sown into our hearts (Matthew 13:1-12). So often are we given the scriptures and right away there comes a distraction, a situation, a moment in our flesh and the word is immediately robbed from us. What does it take for us to loose the word? No wonder we’re not growing in authority!
In hearing this message I had to take a good look at myself! As a parent it’s a day after day occurrence to fight for the capacity of our children to hold on to instructions that we’ve given them. There are so many distractions that want to rob every instruction, and counsel that’s meant to build a firm foundation inside of them. If the fight for them is such a battle how much more the battle for us who are supposed to be mature examples for them. I encourage and exhort you to make the word the utmost priority in your life and let the content of the word begin to build a firm foundation inside of us so that we can begin to walk in that authority as well!