“And [Jesus] called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” (Luke 9:1-2 ESV)
After having laid down his rights and powers as God, and living His life as a man empowered by the power of the Spirit and as an example for us all, Jesus gave power and authority to others. You can give to others the power and authority that you have, and you can receive power and authority from others as well.
After He gave the them both power and authority over all demons, and the power and authority to cure diseases, He immediately sent them out to “proclaim and do.” We don’t know if the twelve “felt” anything when they received what Christ gave them, but as is the case with anything else you possess within you, you must do something with it before you realize what you truly have. I’m pretty sure if there were lighting bolts from heaven and angels singing, they would have written about it. It doesn’t have to be dramatic to be real. But you need to do something you couldn’t do before to see what you have before you begin to believe that you don’t.
Jesus didn’t send them to seminary before He sent them out to minister. He immediately sent them out like sheep among wolves (Matt. 10). He also didn’t make them sign a doctrinal statement before they started proclaiming the kingdom of God in His own name in order to protect His reputation. Instead, He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant…” (Phi. 2:7).
Jesus didn’t even tell them to pray for the sick—He told them to heal the sick! We need to adjust our expectations! We can do what He says we can do, but we need to do something with what we have before we are convinced that we either don’t know enough or we don’t have what we’ve already been given.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.