Working the Works of God

demonsAnd when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.  Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;  Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.  “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  “And as you go, preach, saying,`The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Mat 10:1-8 NKJ)

Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luk 10:17-20 NKJ)

In Matthews gospel, we read about the twelve being sent out, and in Luke, it’s seventy.  Anointed to work the works of God. Luke tells us that they came back amazed that the demonic forces responded to them, in Jesus’ name. Jesus puts their boasting in context by telling them that he ‘saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’

The priority for Jesus, however, is not that the demons are kicked out, but that your name is found on the guest list. When you see it written down, rejoice.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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