Tag: Luke 10-12

The Devil’s downfall!

Scripture reading for October 24th: Luke 10-12

We are in a war and often our lives here on earth resemble a war zone!  The devil’s kingdom is one of dominance, manipulation, fear, and deceit.  God’s Kingdom is one of love, compassion, faith, and truth.  The devil uses sickness, oppression, depression, and poverty to imprison those made in God’s image.  God sends His people out under His authority to heal the sick, deliver the oppressed, preach good news to the depressed and hopeless, and share His great riches with all who will receive!  These kingdoms are in a conflict that is raging around the earth each day.

Jesus sent out seventy-two disciples into this conflict. (Luke 10:1-4)  They were not to take a purse, bag, or sandals and they were not to greet anyone on the road.  They were to live by faith and trust God for whatever they needed in the way of daily provisions.  As they entered a town, or a house, and were welcomed, they were to speak ‘peace’ to those who dwelt there.  They then were to heal the sick and tell them of the Kingdom of God.  (Luke 10:8-9)   However, if they were not welcomed, they were to shake the dust from their feet and warn the people that the Kingdom of God had come near to them and their dust would be a witness against them on judgment day.  (Luke 10:10-12)

As the seventy-two returned to Jesus, they were full of joy and rejoiced at their results!  The demons had fled, sick people were healed, and Jesus’ authority had given them victory after victory!  Jesus Himself remarked: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20)

As believers, we are sent into this conflict each day.  We have the Holy Spirit and the Name of Jesus Christ.  Authority is ours to plunder the enemies’ camp!  All power of the enemy can be overcome by faith and the Word of God.  Go out with humble boldness today and bring joy to God’s heart!

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Lord, Teach Us To Pray!

Scripture reading for October 25th: Luke 10-12

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.  When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”” Luke 11:1  Jesus was a man of prayer.  He always spent time communing with the Father to determine what He was to do and where He was to go.  The disciples often watched Him pray and one was curious enough to ask Him for help.  I don’t know about you, but I could use some help learning how to pray more effectively!

“He said to them, “When you pray, say, “Father, hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come, Give us this day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4)  These simple instructions were not meant to be used as a prayer to be said by memory.  Jesus was teaching them principles of prayer.  First, God is our Father and is holy.  We should show Him reverence for His position as Father and because of His holiness.  Another principle is that we must submit our will to God’s kingdom.  We are to be praying more in submission to God than demanding God do what we want.

We are to ask God daily for our needs to be met.  God is the source of our daily bread that sustains our physical life, as well as our spiritual nourishment in Jesus Christ.  We are dependent people who humbly recognize our need of God’s provision.  We especially need forgiveness of sins.  Jesus notes that we must also willingly forgive those who have sinned against us.  We also need help avoiding temptation and must ask God for it.  We are very dependent on God’s grace and help.

We are to go after what we need from God by persistent asking and knocking!  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)  The Amplified Bible translates the verbs in the continuous sense of “ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.”  Prayer is so important for us as children of our Father!  We must humbly ask Him for all our needs and be persistent!  PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens!

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Satan Fell Like Lightning!

Scripture reading for October 24th: Luke 10-12

We are in a war and often our lives here on earth resemble a war zone!  The Kingdom of Heaven is in direct opposition to the kingdom of the devil.  The devil’s kingdom is one of dominance, manipulation, fear, and deceit.  God’s Kingdom is one of love, compassion, faith, and truth.  The devil uses sickness, oppression, depression, and poverty to imprison those made in God’s image.  God sends His people out under His authority to heal the sick, deliver the oppressed, preach good news to the depressed and hopeless, and share His great riches with all who will receive!  These kingdoms are in conflict that is raging around the earth each day.

In our reading today, Jesus sent out seventy-two disciples into this conflict. (Luke 10:1-4)  They were not to take a purse, bag, or sandals.  They were not to greet anyone on the road because they had a mission.  They were armed with His Word and authority and had prayed that the Lord would send out workers.  Jesus then sent them!  Be careful what you pray for– you may be the answer!

They were to live by faith and trust God for whatever they needed in the way of daily provisions.  As they entered a town, or a house, and were welcomed, they were to speak ‘peace’ to those who dwelt there. They were to eat and have fellowship with those who welcomed them.  They then were to heal the sick and tell them of the Kingdom of God.  (Luke 10:8-9)   However, if they were not welcomed, they were to shake the dust from their feet and warn the people that the Kingdom of God had come near to them and their dust would be a witness against them on judgment day.  (Luke 10:10-12)  It was a simple assignment!

As the seventy-two returned to Jesus, they were full of joy and rejoiced at their results!  The demons had fled, sick people were healed, and Jesus’ authority had given them victory after victory!  Jesus Himself remarked: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20)  Jesus was filled with joy at these disciples’ success and their understanding, for the Father had opened their hearts and given it to them.  He cautioned them not to become proud, but to remain humble about God’s grace gift to them.

As we reflect on this passage and on our own lives, we realize that each day we are sent into this conflict.  We have the Holy Spirit and the Name of Jesus Christ.  Authority is ours to plunder the enemies’ camp!  All power of the enemy can be overcome by faith and the Word of God.  We must remain humble and under His authority.  Go out with humble boldness today and bring joy to God’s heart!

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