Something to think about.
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so, I am sending you.” 22 and when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:19-22
The key to these verses is “As the Father has sent me, even so, I am sending you.” God sent Jesus to be the savior of the world He gave Jesus authority over all things. Jesus was sent to heal physically, spiritually and mentally. He had the power to raise the dead He had the power to walk on water he could transport Himself at will. He could teach, He could identify evil and deal with it. He was fearless, He was all God.
What it means for the believer to be sent is that we have been empowered in the same way Jesus was empowered. We have the same ability that Jesus did. We have been sent with the Holy Spirit to achieve all that God has set in our hearts to accomplish. We have unlimited power within in us. We have been told over and over again that Christ lives in us. Have we really tapped into the power of God within us? Do we really trust God with every facet of our lives?
Are we willing to count on him for everything always? In your business are you turning over every area to Him? In your marriage have you trusted Him to lead your marriage to greater heights. Have we let go of the reins of control. Have we opened up our lives to the possibilities of God? Do we look into the unknown future knowing that our all-knowing, omniscient God is waiting for us to unleash him in our lives?
What did Jesus send us out with? He sent us out with His Holy Spirit to be with us every step of the way. He sent us out into the world, but He did not send us out alone. He sent us with the power of God within. The same Spirit that hovered over the formless earth. The same spirit that took part in creation. The same Spirit that has spoken through the prophets. The Holy Spirit that is alive and vital in the lives of the believers.
We have in us the power of the Spirit of God that is often untouched, underused, unnoticed. A power that is underutilized because we have been so attuned to the world that we turn to the Spirit of God as a last resort instead of a first choice. We behave at times as if the secular world has something to offer. When it does not compare to the beautiful blessings of God. It is a mental shift we need to make. We need to see God as the owner of all things, we need to see God as the rich, good God that he is. We need to accept the reality that God wants to give you all of the blessings He has prepared for you. And the only way to receive these blessings is to acknowledge Him in all the things we do. We must live a life of full expectation of God. In other words, we should believe and receive the blessings of God. We must be ready to accept what He has promised us with an expectation of His willingness and total capability of fulling his desired blessing for us.
God is the God of abundance, not the miser God He never intended to give you just enough. He wants to give you all you can handle. But if you do not have a relationship an intimate relationship with Him how can He bless you. No stranger will continually bless you. If you are continually blessed by someone, that someone will quickly become a personal friend.
God has sent you and me with the same power He sent Jesus. God has sent us to heal the sick mend the brokenhearted and to set the captives free. Only we the children of God have access to the Spirit of God, this the world has no idea, no access, no privilege, no favor. I implore you to remove everything in your life that is hindering the voice and spirit of God in your life and go out and change the world.