What’s Your Reputation?

“The person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

When Jesus trained the first 12 disciples, He taught them the same strategy He had been using on the earth: “Go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:  freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:7-8).

He also told the 70 disciples in Luke 10 the same thing in verse 9.

“Well, yes, that’s how Jesus said to do it back then,” you might say, “but He has a different plan for us now.”

No, He doesn’t.

His last words before He ascended into heaven were the same instructions: “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15, 17-18).

Hallelujah!  We have the same new birth, the same Holy Spirit and the same commission those first disciples had.  And you remember what happened to them after Jesus left, don’t you?

They kept right on doing what Jesus had done.  And, the crowds responded to them just like they had responded to Jesus.  They brought the sick to the disciples so they could be healed.  In Jerusalem, they actually laid the sick in the street so Peter’s shadow might fall on them as he walked by.

Why did they do that?  They had heard if you could get to a place where the Christians were, you could get healed.

Christians had a reputation.  It was the same reputation Jesus had.  As a result, the early Church grew at a rate of thousands per day!

That’s the way it should be for us today.

“But I can’t heal the sick!” you say.  “I can’t cast out devils!”

Maybe not…but God can…and He’s in you!  In fact, the Scripture says the person united to Him becomes one spirit with Him.  Think about that for a moment.  You are united with the Lord.  You are one spirit with Him.

Jesus said it this way, “At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).

You and Jesus are one.  He is the Head and you are the Body.  You are His instrument in the earth.  Dare to believe that.  Be bold enough to speak the words the Bible speaks and do whatever Jesus tells you to do.

Believe me, people will come to you for help.  The Spirit of God will anoint you – and great things will happen!

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