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God’s Word while Walking it Out
Context: Matthew 28: 1-20
Focus: Matthew 28: 18
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28: 18
Summary: Before the Lord’s ascension He told his disciples all authority in heaven and earth belonged to Him. With that knowledge, they were to go out and make disciples from all nations, baptizing them in His Name- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They were to teach them to observe all His commands, and then He reminded them, He would be with them to the end of the age.
Reflection: Much of King David’s Psalms are pleas of help to the One He knew had the authority to release him from danger, afflictions and snares that threatened his soul. But although the psalm may begin with a sense of desperation, by its conclusion, it transforms, to a calmness, stillness, in praise and thanksgiving with assuring peace that comes only from the Lord. Have you noticed that too? (Philippians 4:7)
Sometimes it takes a person in authority and under authority to recognize God is always in control. One example of this is when a Roman Centurion soldier asked Jesus to heal his servant. When Jesus said he would go to the place where his servant, lay, the Centurion responded that all Jesus had to do was to say the word and he knew his servant would be healed. And so it happened, that when Jesus said his servant would recover, he believed Him, and discovered at the exact time the word was given, his servant recovered and was made whole. (Luke 7: 1-10)
Recently, I found myself in a circumstance not knowing what to do. The more I tried to fix the problem, the more I became entangled in an invisible net. But when I called out to Jesus who is sovereign over everything and in control, I was reminded of His Word
“Be still and know that I am God”.
Suddenly, I sensed His presence and the tempest blocked.
The Word says in everything we are to pray trust and wait, whenever we become anxious over anything. It’s one thing to pray, and to even trust, but “Wait” is another discipline altogether. I find whenever I neglect to wait, I thwart His strategy and timing, while stepping on ahead of Him with my sword, swinging aimlessly, without making contact. I am no match for the enemy’s tactics, but the Lord can take Him out with one blow and turn everything around on a dime. The thing that ties His hands are my doubts, impatience and wanting to take care of the circumstance, myself,
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
When Jesus said all authority is given to Him it means our part is to submit to Him, in doing His work, then whatever we do or wherever we go we are in His authority and nothing will be impossible for us. He promises never to leave or forsake us in any circumstance, because He is Lord over it and works everything to His purpose and our good. (Romans 8:28)
My Prayer: Lord, How wonderful to know as our Lord and Savior you direct things towards your perfect will. And in this we know, whatever the outcome, It is always Good, because you are Good. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
CR: Psalm 25:15, Psalm 34:4-6, Psalm 40:1-17