Standing in authority

Luke 4:31-32  Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.  They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.

Have you ever been taught by someone who didn’t know their material all that well?  Have you ever heard a singer who doesn’t really know that they are good?  That voice comes out all weak and timid.  It’s in there somewhere, they just don’t have the confidence to belt it out.  Or have you ever met a Christian that doesn’t understand his complete spiritual authority in Christ, so he is timid about his faith.  Maybe that’s you.

What struck these people in Capernaum about Jesus wasn’t his well constructed  message; it was the authority in which he taught that message.  You see, while the content is important, so is the delivery.  And the best delivery comes from a place of confidence.  Jesus was confident in who he was and what he was preaching.  He knew his purpose and his destiny.  So he preached boldly with authority.  He  didn’t make apologies or say “um” 73 times during his message.  He simply spoke out the truth.

We can do the same, you know.  Jesus left us that same authority, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We don’t have to tiptoe around the enemy, we can stand strong in the authority given us by Christ.  Just show him your badge and keep moving forward.  We can boldly be who He has created us to be.  We can live out a new creation life with confidence.  That is what will send the message to our world.  Jesus made no apologies, he simply walked in authority.  His message hit their ears, but it was his authority that caught their hearts.  Give it a try today.  Try standing in the authority you have in Christ and see what happens.

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