Scripture:   Matthew (NIV) 10:7  As you go, proclaim this message:  ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’

8  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.  Freely you have received; freely give.

Observation:   Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom accompanied by healings which demonstrated the power of that kingdom.  (Matthew 4:23; 9:35)  He now sends out his disciples to continue what He started.  They are to tell people about the kingdom of God (God’s rule and authority) and demonstrate its power and authority by healing the sick.  In the book of Acts we see this priority continue as healings were important part in spreading the gospel of the kingdom. 

Application:  My assignment is to speak the message of the Kingdom of heaven to those around me.  But the message of God’s authority must be presented with more than just words.  It must be accompanied by a life lived under God’s authority.  It is accompanied by miracles and healings that only God can do.  In troubled times there is peace that can only God can give.  There is provision, and wisdom, and answers that can only be explained by saying, “God is here; He did this!” 

Prayer:   Lord, today I want to join you in proclaiming the Kingdom of God.  Holy Spirit, work through me to reveal your presence.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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