“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:20 NIV
When I was a teenager our youth group did a lot of missional outings. Sometimes our youth pastor would put us in groups of two and send us out in the city park to share our faith, other times we would travel to nearby towns and help smaller churches. Right before I started College we went way up north to a secluded town to help a new church. One night on that trip the teens in the town all met at a park and my team ended up in a share-a-thon of sorts, witnessing about Christ for hours. I remember the exhilaration I felt after that event.
Luke 10 records how Jesus sent out 72 disciples to spread the gospel message. When the people got home they were so excited about how God used them to reach the people and even cast out demons; much like my friends and I felt after the youth trip. Jesus followers began telling Him how amazing it was that “even the demons submit to us in your name.”1 Jesus quickly responded to their reports as He recognized the door to pride was creeping open by their comments and warned them to not get caught up in their spiritual authority but to always remember to stay thankful for their salvation.
I went to an event and one person at the table kept hi-jacking the conversation. Whenever anyone shared about a situation or struggle this person automatically told the other person how they should take authority over that situation and most often followed up with an example of how they had done this in their life. When Christians get out of balance and focus on their authority over their salvation, it’s a dangerous place. We need to keep ourselves in a gratitude for grace mindset so we won’t easily get to puffed up and out of balance.
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Choose today to brag about your salvation with others. Remember your spiritual authority in Christ and use it, but never let it become your focus.
Father…I want to thank-You for saving my life and writing my name in heaven. Help me to confidently use the spiritual authority You’ve given me while keeping a proper focus that I was once in need of a savior, so I don’t fall into pride. Let me live in a gratitude for grace. In Jesus Name…Amen
1 Luke 10:19
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Yes, Sherry, and your words have reinforced a thought that came to mind yesterday in church: the importance of every aspect of a person’s spiritual journey. Even if we do not see results from our “evangelistic efforts,” we should not think that God is not at work, because we don’t know what the grace of God will do next in that person’s heart.
Oh that is so true Michele!
I love how you take your life experiences and use them as biblical lessons. Thank you Sherry.
It’s just how I see it 🙂
So thankful for God’s grace and the way we can see its results in our lives! He is an awesome God! It is so nice to “meet” you today! I am your neighbor at Holley’s link-up. 🙂 God bless you, Sherry!
Cheryl, it’s great to “meet” you too 🙂 Have a great day!
I love how words of a gratitude of grace! I want to center myself in that mindset since it so often speaks even louder than our own words! And to remember that the focus of faith is God’s work in us and not how we meet challenges or take spiritual authority – -what a great reminder!
Valerie, that’s a great point. Once we make something a mindset our words will soon follow. I do agree that if we focus on God’s work in us taking authority will become a natural outflow in your growth as a believer, no something we force. Have a great day!
Such a wonderful reminder of what is truly important!!! His great salvation, so rich and free!! thank You God for saving me and writing my name in the Lamb’s book of life!!!!!
Amen Georgia 🙂
Brag about my salvation. I like the way you put that! 🙂
Thankfully it’s not complicated 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
This is the first time I have been able to visit your website, Sherry. I am so glad to stop by and I am eager to look around. Your title caught my eye, of course… ” Gratitude for Grace”… since grace is literally one of my favorite words, ever. 😉 And your words were a reminder to me also, that when we are grateful for grace we are balanced and able to be grateful for others which makes grace so much easier to give.
Thanks for sharing this at the #GraceMoments Link Up! I am thrilled you joined my little grace community with your words.
So thankful for these linkups and how I’m getting to ‘meet’ some really amazing girls. Grace is an overwhelming word in the most powerful sense. The basis for our faith in Christ. Looking forward to future connections. Praying you have a blessed Christmas!