I just finished listening to a sermon from Redeemer Church of Dubai, by Pastor Furman.
A message that fed me spiritually and encouraged my heart.
The message was based on Math. 28:18-20, the Great Commission.
He began by focusing on just the first few words, words we read over so quickly and fail to comprehend.
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ALL AUTHORITY has been given to ME in heaven and on earth.”
I was reminded of a truth that means so much especially now.
That Jesus has all authority over ALL nations, ALL circumstances and ALL people…. me and my family included.
See the reality is, no matter where we go, no matter where God calls, no matter what the circumstance or situation, Jesus is in complete control. He has ALL authority!!
And because He has all authority, we can rest in Him.
When things don’t go our way, when circumstances change, when life happens, it does not take Jesus by surprise… He knows and He is at work even then. Stretching us and seeking to make us like Himself.
But because He has all authority, it is then our privilege to join Him in His work, being His hand and His feet.
We need not fear, for He is in control.
What comfort I have in knowing that the God who tells the oceans where to stop. The God who knows the stars by name and the number of hairs on my head.
He is in control.
Though the world may seem to be falling apart. Though it may appear that the enemy is winning. Though there are wars and rumors of wars, Jesus is in control.
He has all authority, all!
So as we move about this land the Lord has called us to. As we see the oppression and how the enemy has blinded the eyes of the people. It is easy to feel defeat. Easy to wonder how He can possibly use us. Easy to give up hope.
Yet, we have the victory, because Jesus is in control.
We are saved to be sent…. this is our mission!
Our mission is to go, to make disciples, to baptize, to teach.
Praying as the Apostle Paul, that God would give us open doors and boldness to share.
Remembering that as we go, Jesus goes with us.
For He has promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age!”