Daily Devotional

Bible Verse:

Matthew 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.


Jesus was not content to do ministry how the Scribes and Pharisees did it. It was not that anything was wrong with the approach of the Scribes and Pharisees because how they did it was how it was normally done. Jesus however, would not subscribe to that way. Matthew 7:29 said that Jesus taught as one having authority not like the scribes. The Hebrew word for authority is power. So what the scripture was saying was that Jesus taught with power. He did so by speaking with power (Luke 4:32) and also healing those present who were sick and delivering those who were demon possessed.


The secret behind the extraordinary nature of Jesus’ ministry was that he did everything in the power of the Spirit. He expects the same from us which is why he told his disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they be endured with power from on high. Ministry is important; but Jesus was effectively telling his disciples to wait on the power before starting their ministry.


The central message behind the scripture saying that Jesus taught with authority, is that our approach to ministry should be no different. Whatever your ministry is, whether it is teaching, praise and worship, being an evangelist, the prophetic, healing, it must be done by tapping into the power of the spirit. If currently that is not where your ministry is; it is an opportune time to raise the level of your ministry. In doing so, you will bring glory to God. If you are already operating at a high level, commit to taking your ministry to even greater levels with tangible manifestation of the power of God. Now is the time.


Life Application:

Take your ministry to a new level by practicing the spiritual habits of living in God’s presence, increasing your knowledge of His word and praying and fasting.

Prayer:

Lord, I avail myself to your will and way. Take me to another level in you so that I can manifest that which you have called me in order to bring you glory. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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