Archive for August, 2012

Recently during a time of study about the 12 spies (witnesses) that were sent to take a look a Canaan (Num. 13), my Spirit began to stir inside of me. Why are we still walking in the wilderness when the Kingdom of God is at hand?

You see, when our 12 witnesses (disciples) were sent out, they came back with a good report. They were given power and authority over all devils and to cure disease. Jesus sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick (Luke 9:1-11), so that is what they did.

You might think but those were disciples and they walked with Jesus, as if being there bodily with Him qualified them to receive more power than we do today.

The truth is, Jesus goes everywhere we go, and He lives inside us (Gal 2:20).

Perhaps you might still think – Ok, but Jesus just sent the 12 and not me personally.

Let’s turn the page and go to Luke 10.  Here, Jesus sends out 72 and they also came back with a good report! They were amazed that “even the demons submit to us in Your name,” (Luke 10:17).

Are you amazed yet? No, it wasn’t just the 12 or just the 72. If you believe in the Gospel of Jesus you too will cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink any deadly thing and it will not hurt you in the name of Jesus.  You will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.

If you have your faith in Jesus, you have been commissioned to preach the Gospel (Mark 16;16-20). He will go with you to confirm His word with signs following.  Just like the 12 and the 72, He has sent you, too!

Today, many of us, as the children of Israel chose to believe the spies who came back with a bad report, we have believed the bad report of our experience and not the Word of God. The children of Israel spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness. I, myself, get tired of living in the wilderness when the Kingdom of Heaven is right here, at hand.

It’s time to believe the good report.

The lost, sick, blind, and all those in bondage are waiting to be healed. The Kingdom is within you. Step out in faith, preach the Gospel, and watch as Jesus confirms His word.

Please share your witness – your testimony – of God’s love in the comment section below. Encourage others to do the same.