_And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover._
It is very important that you understand the type of power that you have received in Christ. The commission Jesus gave us in our text above provides some insight into understanding the power that He has given us by His Spirit. First of all, it is the power to preach the gospel to every creature. You have the power to be a witness of the gospel both with your words, your life and your works. You can reach out to varying people with varying spheres of influence (i.e., business, education, politics, sports etc). With this power, people you reach out to will believe the gospel and they will be saved. They will be delivered from sin and every bondage of the devil. Their lives will be transformed.
You have also received power to drive out devils, demons and unclean spirits. You can resist them and they will flee because in Christ you have authority over them, Luke 10:19. No power will be able to stop you as you go about doing what God has called and assigned you to do in Christ.
The Spirit of God also gives you the ability to speak with new tongues. It is a heavenly language with which you can communicate directly with God (1Cor.14:2) and you can also edify yourself (1Cor.14:4). According to Apostle Paul, when we pray in unknown tongue, it is our spirits that pray, 1Cor.14:14. Praying in the Spirit also builds your faith, Jude 1:20.
PRAYER FOCUS: Thank God for giving you the power to preach and to be a witness of the gospel, the power to cast out devils and for the power to speak with new tongues.
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*2 KINGS 12-13; 2 CHRON. 24*
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