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Daily Reading: 30th July 2016

Matthew 4.23-25 cont.

23 And He went around the whole of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

24 And the report about Him went out into the whole of Syria. They brought to Him all who were ill, those having different diseases and tormented with afflictions; those being possessed by demons, and being epileptics, and paralyzed, and He healed them.

25 And large crowds followed Him from Galilee and Decapolis, And Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

3 We are all called to be His witnesses. We all have a story to tell about Jesus, and what He has and is doing in our life. It is a story that is personal. It is a story that we are empowered to tell through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us. It is a story that will always honour and promote Jesus.

King David wrote these words:

Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts – Psalm 145.4 (NLT).

Jesus has given each one of us the responsibility to tell others about Him, so that the report about Him spreads far and wide.

4 Jesus displayed His power and authority over the demonic forces, those suffering from epilepsy, and those who were paralysed. We know from the gospel of Mark that Jesus demonstrated His power of the demonic forces when he cast out a demon from a man in the synagogue:

23 And at once there was in their synagogue a man with an evil spirit, and he cried out

24 Saying: “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?”

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying: “Be quiet and come out of him” – Mark 1.23-25.

Later in Mark chapter 2 Jesus healed a man who was paralysed, and in Mark chapter 9 it appears as though an evil spirit gave a boy epileptic fits; Jesus healed him. This was after His disciples had failed to do so.

These and all the other incidents of power recorded in the gospels are a demonstration that with the coming of Jesus was the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Every believer needs to go on being filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can also be a demonstration of the power and authority of the Kingdom of Heaven that has come amongst people.

Paul wrote these words:

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power – 1 Corinthians 2.4 (NIV).

 

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