John 19:11 No Real Power

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Many people in the world think that they have control or authority over someone else. When things do not go their own way, they strive to exercise their authority and force others to follow their ways.

Often this authority is abused and taken too far. They feel that they are controlling everything and everyone from their own abilities and authority.

As Jesus was being tried, Pilate said he had authority of life and death. Jesus told him that he only had the authority given to him from God.

Authority is something a person is given and also is allowed to have. Without someone else given permission, no one can really do anything.

In working this way, many people are often manipulated into what they can and cannot do. Believers often live as though the world has authority over them and fear the enemy of their souls. In thinking this way, many believers fall into sin and allow themselves to be crushed.

The world has absolutely no real authority over a believer. Satan cannot force a believer to do anything.

Every believer needs to know where real authority comes from–God. Jesus gave all authority to the believer. As a one believes this, he will not be intimidated or fear the attacks and threats of the enemy. As with Jesus he will know that the enemy can only what God allows and is in His will.

Living with this pattern of thinking is putting one’s full trust in God. His life is in God’s hands, not the hands of the world.

Jesus came to give you an abundant life. He has also given you access to all of His authority on this earth. When you fully understand what He has done for you and given you, you can live the abundant life with no fear of the enemy.

Know that the enemy of your soul cannot force you to do anything. The enemy only has the authority over you that you allow him to have. God is really the one in control.

Follow God and His ways and know the abundant life He has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that you will walk in God’s authority.

John 18:11 Take What God Gives

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11

No one likes to be improperly abused or have anything done wrong against them. As soon as abuse or wrong is done, most people rise up to fight back the one who did the wrong.

This fight is often with words, but can also be physically fighting back. The fight is for their rights and to get back at the person to try and stop the wrong. Very few will just sit back and take what comes.

Jesus was in the garden with the disciples being arrested. Peter strikes one of the arrestors with a sword. He is told to put the sword away. Jesus is willing to take what has been give to Him.

Believers are often quick to say that they will follow God, but are also quick to fight back against what He sends their way or allows. Everything that occurs in the life of a believer is for a purpose. It can be to build the believer or to build others.

Jesus had to be arrested in order to fulfill His mission on this earth. Along with the arrest would also come the crucifixion. It was all in God’s plan for Him.

Most believers love the idea of following God, but will fight back against giving their lives for Him or others. They want a rosy, easy path to heaven, not willing to accept God’s plan for their lives. They will pull out a sword to stop God’s plan in order to save their own lives.

Every believer needs to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and in tune with what God is doing. God is in control and will allow ‘bad’ things to happen in one’s life to accomplish the greater goal–salvation of souls.

As you go through life, God will allow the enemy to attack you at times. These attacks may be to move you to somewhere else, build you, use you to be a witness or to stop you. Regardless of the reason, you must trust God’s allowance.

Seek God to find out what you must do in every situation. Do not be like the world and automatically fight back. Be will to accept what God has for you.

Allow God to use the negative situation to bring about a positive.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal what He has for you; that God will give you strength and wisdom in every situation; and that you will allow God to use you to build His kingdom.

John 17:4 Finish The Work

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4

Leaders or bosses have a mission to do that is larger than themselves. Since it is larger than themselves, they require workers to work underneath them.

Each worker is given a task to do. As each one accomplishes his task to completion, the larger mission is completed and the leader/boss is exalted. He was able to accomplish the greater mission and everyone sees it and praises him for the good work.

The workers make the boss look good or bad, by how well they do their work.

As Jesus was preparing to die, He prayed to His Father some last prayers. He pointed out that He had finished the work He was given to do.

Every company has an overarching goal to accomplish in mind. People are hired that will be able to do the work needed to be done in order to meet that goal. If anyone does not do his part, the goal may not be met.

Just as God the Father had given Jesus a task to do, so Jesus has given every believer a task to do. That task is to be His witness and to make disciples.

The actual work being done by each believer may look different. Some may be working with children or adults, or an certain ethnic group, or some other group. Some may be providing teaching only, while others are meeting physical needs. Some may be full time, being paid to do the work, while others are completely volunteer.

Over all of the work, their goal is the same–to be a witness and to make disciples. It is to build God’s kingdom on this earth. At the end of one’s life he must be able to say that he did what God had told him to do and glorified God.

You have also been given a mission by God. What this looks like is unique to you and only tasked by God Himself.

Each day you must ask yourself if you have done all that God has set before you to do for that day. As long as you have breath on this earth, you will have a work to do for God.

Do not find yourself at the end of your days not having done His work. Keep working and finish the job God has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will be His witness; and that you will make disciples.