The Twelve Sent Forth:
He called unto himself:
Have you been called unto Jesus? Have you accepted Him as both your Savior and Lord?
Many want Him as Savior but deny Him Lordship. This is a problem. The sending out of the twelve, should encourage us to step out in the Power and Grace of the Lord.
He gave the twelve, (and also we who are His disciples), Power
- Power over unclean spirits (Sadly we neglect this power)
- Commanded them to take no extra clothing, or money, only their staffs. (We must have financial support before we go).
- Abide in the house you enter to teach, until your work is done. (We are more comfortable in a motel).
- If people reject you, shake the dust off your feet and move on. (We hold on to those who reject our Lord).
- They preached repentance. (We preach Love, and all are accepted).
- They cast out many devils (Again we don’t really believe, ).
- Anointed the sick with oil (There are many sick, that are left alone).
- They healed the sick. ( We lack the Faith to see this through.
We the Church have a problem. We rely on our natural Wisdom, when we need to Trust in God.
The Church is in error, not fatally, but sadly, we have grown cold, and powerless in the face of our enemies.
The Lord sent those who believe out to build His Church.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
The Word is quite clear, we have been empowered to do the Work of the Lord, we have decided to leave the Gifts and Power unopened, just sitting on the shelf. We are experiencing the results of our neglect.
A Powerless Gospel. People are not transformed, lives are not changed, our Churches are not growing.
The only way to reverse this decline is to Ask, Seek and Find, (receive the will of the Lord). Do you dare to Walk in His Power and Grace?
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“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”