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Authority and Power

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Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority. Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Let [us] alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!" But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him in [their] midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, "What a word this [is]! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." Luke 4:31-36

There are magnificent castles all across Europe in ruins from the fortunes of war…but some because they were abandoned. Why would the rightful lord of a castle simply walk away? No money to pay the taxes.

Authority grants rights but rights don't always grant power. Jesus' authority came across clearly in His teaching. But it was casting out a demon that caused the people to acknowledge His "authority and power". He could back up what He said.

In what areas do you need to recognize Christ's authority and power? He has the authority and the power to set you free!

Prayer: I praise You, Jesus, that You can do what You say!