Jesus’ Instructions for His Disciples

 

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1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people Everywhere (Luke 9:1-6, NIV, emphasis mine).

Read this story a couple times until you can tell the story in your own words.

What instructions did Jesus give?

Do we have power and authority from Jesus for healing and deliverance?

Why would he say to take nothing for the journey — who will meet daily needs?

How do we decide which houses to go to or which people to go to?

God wants us to be so dependent on Him in our everyday lives.

He wants to speak to us and wants us to go where He tells us to go.

Today, let me challenge you to set aside time each week when you will go in Jesus’ name without your own provisions.  Depend on God to meet you and provide for you as you shine His light in your community.  Who is open to you, offering water or tea, and a place to sit?  How can you tell if someone is open to you or to God?

See if you can find someone to pray for in your community this week when you are out and about on the streets.

The Kingdom of God is near and we are His hands and feet.  Let’s go out in Jesus’ name.

 

 

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