From my reading in Luke 4:31-44 in the One Year New Testament.
Why were people amazed at Jesus’ teaching? Here’s the answer…
“They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.” Luke 4:32
Most of the teachers of the day taught without authority, but Jesus spoke based on his Father’s authority. Jesus’ words had power because they were the words of God himself!
Authority Over Demons
After casting out an evil spirit by ordering it, “Be quiet! Come out of the man” the people marveled at the power of Jesus’ words.
“All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” Luke 4:36
Jesus’ words had such power and authority that even evil spirit’s obeyed. The power of Jesus is amazing. And his Word still holds power today.
When a preacher wants his message to have authority he must be basing what he is saying on God’s Word. That is where the power is. Not in his delivery or illustrations or alliterated outlines.
God’s Word is what makes preaching powerful, not the personality of the preacher alone.
There is power when a fully surrendered, Spirit filled person shares God’s Word. If you have the privilege of teaching or preaching God’s Word I challenge you to let IT speak. Count on God to bring your message that authority and power and not your own skill.
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