faith⏰THURSDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (10 January 2019)

📑1 John 4:19 – 5:4; Ps 72:1-2, 14 and 15cd, 17 (R.v.11); Luke 4:14-22a


Yesterday, we made reference to the authority of Jesus over the forces of evil which was symbolized by his walking on the sea (Mark 6:50). In Matt 28:18, he declared the acquisition of such authority, “All authority in heaven and on earth has given to me.” And in Luke 4:18, he tell us the source of that authority, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me…”

With such authority, we can join Jesus to be victorious over the forces of evil and reveal more the face of God on earth.

Luckily, that authority did not end with Jesus. He promised his disciples that when he goes, the Holy Spirit will come upon them (John 14:15-25) and through that, they will receive power (Acts 1:8).

Look at the requirement for the reception of that Spirit: to love God and keep his commandment (John 14:15).

St John picks up the same theme again in 1 John 4:19 – 5:4, showing us the association between loving God and keeping his commandment, and how that gives birth to faith. Faith enables us to be called children of God (John 1:12).

Hence, faith prepares us to receive that power which Jesus has. Jesus used that power to bring hope and succour to those who were facing different challenges in life (Luke 4:18-19). We can only show too that we have that power by showing love to our brothers in need (1John 4:19-21) since faith without good works is dead (James 2:17).

May the Lord increase our faith and make our faith productive and effective in overcoming the forces that threaten us in the world. Amen.

Have a day of breakthrough and joy. Peace be with you.

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