Know Who You are in Christ
- Date: December 15, 2016
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
- From Great Faith
Look over at Matthew chapter 10. He ends chapter 9 after all the miracles, talking about the fact that we are to pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest. And we've been praying that. We've been asking God to open doors of utterance for us around here. Most of you are very faithful to share the gospel. How many of you in your neighborhood or out in the highways and the byways, at work or whatever, that you've shared the gospel with somebody in the last two weeks? Let me see your hands. Hold them up high. Praise God! Probably seventy percent. We're not a people that don't share. Pray the Lord of the harvest that he would send forth laborers into the harvest. "Lord, send me." And, having prayed "Lord, send us," He called them to Himself, and He gave them power. "He gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease" (Matthew 10:1).
And He said, verse 7, "Go preach, saying the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick. Cleanse the lepers. Raise the dead. Cast out devils. Freely you have received, freely give." That's the mandate that God has given that we go out about Father's business. Preach the gospel. So here we are, walking with Jesus. He just preaches the sermon on the mount; and there's just a great time there, and the Word of God coming forth and stirring up principalities and powers and Pharisees. It says, "When he had finished, the people were astonished at his doctrine, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes" (Matthew 7:28).
Now, that brings us to a great contrast and something that we need to ask ourselves in our ministry. Are we just scribes? Are we just teaching Bible studies, or are we preaching and teaching with power, with authority? I think that's a legitimate question, don't you? What we don't realize here is that it's not enough to just go repeat doctrine. They were amazed. When you share with people, are they amazed? "Where did you get that? How did you hear it? I've never heard that before. I've never heard that shared that way. Man, it seems like you believe that." The look on their faces when you tell them that at work, and they know that you are a believer, and they say, "Would you please pray for me?" And you say, "Yes," and they're just expecting you to go on your way and maybe somehow whisper something, and you say, "Praise God!" and you take them by the hand or you reach over and lay your hands on them, and their eyes get about that big. They'd never seen it on this wise. That's exciting! Not as the scribes, but as one having authority. Faith manifests in the environment where we know who we are-something for your notes-when we know that we've been empowered.
"And I give you all power and all authority over all the power of the enemy." Do you know who you are? The seven sons of Sceva went up to that demon-possessed man and said, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, come out!" And that devil rose up and looked at him and said, "I know Jesus, and I know Paul. Who are you?" You don't want a devil asking you that. Who are you? That guy jumped on all seven of them and stripped them naked and sent them down the street, didn't he? (Acts 19:13-16)
So, who are you? Do you know who you are? "Yes, I know who I am. I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. I am a son of God, an heir and a joint heir with Christ Jesus. I've been raised up and seated with Him in heavenly places." "I know who I am. I'm an ambassador of Christ. Don't look on me as if by my own strength or my own power I've done this thing. I want you to know that it's in the name of Jesus, whom you've crucified, who God has raised from the dead that this man stands before you whole!" "I know who I am. I know that there's no power of myself. I know that there's no glory for myself. I know who I am. He's empowered me and sent me out to cleanse the lepers and heal the sick and cast out devils." The power of God manifests in an environment where people know who they are.