Praise God, Your Name Is Written In Heaven

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:18-20)

Can you imagine having the power to lay hands on the sick and they be healed?  Can you imagine praying and laying hands on the eyes of a blind person and they receive their sight?  Can you imagine going into the house of someone who is possessed by demons and you command the demons to come out and they obey you?  I suppose this is somewhat similar to what the disciples had experienced.  Jesus told the disciples to heal the sick when they enter into a city.  (Luke 10-9)  He said he had given them power over serpents and over scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.  (Luke 10:19)  After the disciples went into the cities preaching the gospel and healing the sick, they returned with a great testimony.  They told Jesus that even the devils were obedient to them.  What a great testimony. 

Can you imagine that kind of excitement today.  A pastor or preacher or any Christian having that kind of power would no doubt excite many people who crosses their path.  But Jesus says something mighty profound.  He says in essence, the real basis for joy is not in the power that he has given to you, but the real basis for joy is that you are saved from eternal damnation.  The real basis for joy is that you will not be condemned to hell.  The real basis for joy is that you have a right to the kingdom of heaven.  The real basis for joy is that you do not have to live in this old mean and evil world and then die and go to a place much worst.  The real basis for joy is that you have received the gift of life.  The real basis for joy is that you have been saved.  The real basis for joy is your salvation.  You have been saved by grace.  You have been bought with a price.  The real basis for joy is that your name has been written in heaven and in the Lamb’s book of life.  Praise God.

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