Text for Today – Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD they God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
I learned the lesson I am about to share with you almost 70 years ago in a very secular setting. It was the first grade in elementary school. God has blessed me with really good teachers all through my educational and study life, and He started with my first grade teacher. She taught and really drove home the difference between can and may. Can signifies ability or power, while may signifies permission, right, or authority. In our first grade class, if we asked, “Can I go to the bathroom?”, my teacher would tell us that was the improper question. If we asked, “May I go to the bathroom?”, she would grant us permission. Her permission was our right, or authority, to go. We had the ability all along, but what we needed was permission before we could exercise our ability.
In the world, permission almost always follows ability. A law enforcement officer, fire fighter, teacher, attorney, doctor, and even construction worker is not granted permission to carry out a job until he/she has been trained for the work at hand, and demonstrated the ability to do the job. In the natural world, that is wisdom.
But in the kingdom of God, things are different. Our supernatural God calls men and women to a supernatural ministry they cannot perform, and then enables them by His Spirit and through His Word to do the job. Before the supernatural ability, or power of God will flow through you, you must first be authorized by divine right of the new birth to call God your Father. You cannot walk in the power of Holy Spirit, being filled with Holy Spirit, until you have been born again. Being born again authorizes you to step up to the task at hand, and use the mighty Name of Jesus and the power of Holy Spirit to complete the supernatural. Unlike the world in which permission, right, or authority follows ability, in the kingdom of God, ability, or power, follows permission, right, or authority. Are you a child of God? If so, you have the authority, permission, or right to perform what His Word says you can. Let no man, situation, circumstance , force, or demon of hell cause you to be dismayed. Through covenant with God, He has, in effect, said, “YOU MAY!” You already have His authority and permission. That gives you the right. Now, go, and expect Him to “hasten over His Word,” enabling you with His supernatural ability through His Spirit.
Manna for Today – Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 15:7; John 14:12-14; Mark 11:22-24; John 1:12