Then he went down to Capernaum . . . he taught the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.
In thesynagogue there was a man possessed by a demon . . .
“Come out of him!” Then the demon . . . came out without injuring him.
All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority andpower he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” -Luke 4.30-37
Today is intentionally brief on my part because I want you to do the hard work of reflecting and acting. Seriously, the sum total of all your reading and whether it will breach from the underworld into the world may come down to this moment here.
Your wilderness jaunt, that time spent in the underworld was not for naught, you possess an elixir, a gift, an authority and power to use for the freeing of others. The question is not if but when. The secret to you bringing deliverance to others is in your identity.
So today we are going to reflect and affirm and act.
REFLECT: what was transformed about who you are and who you are becoming? What little gift do you possess now? Why is the Spirit on your life? You will be tempted to minimize it and discount it, by default you will initially look for a power of possession, prestige, and politics as you think about answering the question, but remember those are foils. The power, the Spirit's power, is something different, the Spirit's power is in coming into your own authenticity, trusting who God is revealing you to really be. So who are you becoming? What are the new desires forming in you? What decisions are you being emboldened to make?
AFFIRM: confess them out loud. listen to your voice saying, prophesying this over you.
ACT: today, not tomorrow, but today, act out of this new understanding of who you really are.