He taught them as One having authority, and not as the scribes.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus gave you the authority to stand tall in spiritual warfare. By His Word, you can 'Stand against the devil's schemes' (Ephesians 6:11) and 'Extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one' (v.16).
Even so, warriors must be mature believers: 'Those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil' (Hebrews 5:14). Therein:
1) Stay in God's Word and exercise It daily.
2) 'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour' (1 Peter 5:8).
3) Expect 'The Spirit of wisdom' (Ephesians 1:17) to increase your discernment.
4) Fight for the lives of the innocent. The root of their problems is spiritual.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus also gave you the authority to stand tall in earthly performances. 'You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them' (Matthew 10:18).
'Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3); 'A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men' (Proverbs 18:16).
But remember the difference: Before 'Spiritual forces of evil' (Ephesians 6:12), be fierce in God's Word. But before worldly forces in entertainment, be meek in His Example. Because Jesus was meek.*
Because the meek 'Will inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5).
Because 'There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God' (Romans 13:1).
Because it's wise and will help you rise.
Therein, your new authority is both spiritual and physical. Like Esther; 'Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?' (Esther 4:14). God knows, but my vote is Yes!
'I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation' (2 Corinthians 6:2).
## All Things New 2020: Your New Authority (Part 20)
* 'For I am meek and lowly in heart' (Matthew 11:29, KJV).
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series, 'All Things New.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things New 2020 series.