Apostle Grace Lubega
Romans 15:18 (KJV); I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed
As a minister of the gospel, it is important to ask this question, “why do people obey you and why don’t they?”
If you give an instruction on the altar and it only lasts between the altar and the door, you must examine yourself.
Why is this important?
It is because authority flows from the man in whom God has worked. It is the mark of one who is dealt with by God. In our theme scripture, Paul is careful not to speak of things that Christ has not done in him and through him. This wisdom is what made the Gentiles obedient in word and deed.
Men who do not function with authority are usually those not chastised of spirit. Others struggle to increase in life because they do not allow the spirit of God to kill them. Unless a seed dies and is buried, it cannot bear much fruit (John 12:24).
Men of authority live the message that they preach. That is why when the disciples first heard Jesus speaking, they said, “He taught as one who had authority. (Matthew 7:29)” Why? He was the Word that He taught.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 7:29, Luke 21:15
GOLDEN NUGGET: Authority flows from the man in whom God has worked. It is the mark of one who is dealt with by God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the power of Your Word that is mightily at work in me. My spirit is fully yielded to Your leading, convictions and chastisements. By this, I grow in mastery and in the perfection of the things of the Spirit, in Jesus’ name, Amen.