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The Bug Zapper and Pesticide

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Luke 10:1-24 KJV
(1) After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
(2) Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
(3) Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
(4) Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
(5) And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.
(6) And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
(7) And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
(8) And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
(9) And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
(10) But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
(11) Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
(12) But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
(13) Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
(14) But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.
(15) And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
(16) He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
(17) And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
(18) And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
(19) 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.
(20) Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
(21) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
(22) All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
(23) And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
(24) For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Godís healing power has not change from the beginning of time. The power and authority for man to make request to Him has not changed. Moses told God they needed water and God told Moses to hit a rock once and he did twice and lost the entrance to the promise land. Something to think on when Jesus sent the seventy disciples in His name, he sent them in authority and power God had given the prophets and religious leader in their day. To have faith to command a person in a wheel chair to get up and walk takes more faith then most ministers have. It takes faith to cast out demons, but it also takes amount of prayer and fasting. Yet when he sent the seventy out he did not tell them about fasting and prayer, but about entering into places you are welcome and if not welcome then shaking the dust off oneís feet. A sign to the person of being done with them.

There are times when you do not walk into every place your welcome, it is not always safe. One must go with God into places one is welcome. One must leave with Godís warning of not being welcome. One can not assume everyone will welcome God ís message. Where that Gospel is not welcome it best not to stay, the Gospel perhaps will come back. Jesus did not stay in the village of the man who he cast of out the demons in Mark 5. The man healed of many demons, but the city was not wanting Jesus there, because of fear. Yet the man went back because it was his home and told about his healing, and about Jesus.

Jesus sent the seventy out to heal and to cast out demons. He sent them his name with His authority and his conditions. It was never the disciples authority that demons fled or people were healed. The power of the ability to use Jesus name, meant you were a child of God and your name was written in the Lambís book of life. The authority to pray for someone came from the authority of His Son. One authority to pray meant you had to ability to believe God was going to do a miracle. One can not use the power of God to prove one is a child of God. God is the one that proves you are child of God. In other words you must wait for your time of being proven or acceptable of God. Waiting for what you are approved upon salvation to ask anything in Jesus name. Signs and wonders followed the believers in Acts 1en upon the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The authority that Christ gave did not stop with salvation, but recognizing where the power came from was the Holy Spirit. Praying the name of Jesus one recognizing Jesus came from God, that He Is Savior and Lord. Doctors that study prayer claim more then one religion has authority to see miracles. Jewish faith having the ability to see positive results in healing , along with the Christians. There is godly reason for this either the survey did not including Christians as well as non Christians, or it did and the understanding of God to a people was limited by lack of understanding of the Messiah. Maybe it was the antichrist with the authority to do miracles and lying wonders.

The information leaves a bad taste in oneís mouth. Not really, because the power of Jesus name, is not something to take lightly. Samuel sent by God seen miracles along with Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah and so on. If God sends then one can assume that oneself knows this. Not only that oneís self knows this but they do it in obedience to God. Then I am reminder of the Prophetic Ezekiel where some might think he was a little neurotic in his calling but yet he still obeyed and prophesy was fulfilled.

God does not need man to kill for him. Though battles of war often fought in Godís name, man used God for war. My favorite war story is when the battle was won with singing in the Old Testament, it reminds of Godís authority to do things His way and not manís way with military weapons. God can send with weapons of warfare but weapons of his authority to change the lives of the enemy for the better through healing, and casting out of demons. Satan does not cast out demons unless to bring more devils back.

Without the casting od the demons into the pigs in Mark 5. One can not imagine more devils would not show up. Yet Jesus would leave so God would be glorified through a new believer. Every time it looks as if Christ might be defeated God will win, because it only take one little light to stand up against Goliath. It the idea have a swarm of mosquitoes get a bug zapper or can of pesticide. The bug zapper will kill immediately and bring more to the light. The pesticide might kill even the eggs. What kind of zapper are you. One ready to share Godís word and plan or one chasing Jesus off, only to be destroyed.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your bug zapper that defeats the enemy by your light and Holy Spirit. Time of Christ, time before Christ and time after Christ, your power is still glorified. In Jesus name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Mark 5:17-20 KJV
(17) And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
(18) And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
(19) Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
(20) And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

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