Mark 1:17-25

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

I have always wondered if I would be as obedient as the disciples were who dropped everything to follow Jesus. Have I been obedient to him now? This explains my interest in the Holy Spirit’s leading and my questions about how we know for sure that we are doing what God wants us to do.

Jesus was a strong preacher and his teaching was unmistakable. We have that same power. We have no need to be afraid and to not speak up for our Lord. Look at the power he has over the unclean spirits. They know who he is and are afraid of him. They must know that they will eventually be destroyed by him.

Lord, help me today to live in the power of your Holy Spirit. Help me to speak up for your name whenever the opportunity arises. Replace my fear with your boldness and authority. Lord, I love you.

 
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~ by shoesofiron on July 17, 2007.

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