“Then they went into Capernaum, and right away He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. They were astonished at His teaching because, unlike the scribes, He was teaching them as one having authority. Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, “What do You have to do with us, Jesus — Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are — the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit convulsed him, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him. Then they were all amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” News about Him then spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.” – Mark 1:21-28 (HCSB)
Good Morning CLMNWA Family,
I hope y’all had a good week. I had one of those where I was glad that yesterday was Friday. I am doubling up on messages today because by the time I had time to write it was just about bedtime. I realize that putting off yesterday’s message until today after what we talked about in “At Once”, but what I was talking about yesterday is taking life for granted more than anything. We have a long way to go with this series, and as promised I am really going to work at making sure we stay on-time and stay on track.
So, let’s get into the third message of this Lent series which is titled “Who Does He Think He Is?”, and comes after Jesus cast out an unclean spirit. They didn’t understand who He was or why He had the authority He had, and the funny thing is instead of being intrigued by Him they were threatened by Him. So, let’s see what the Lord has to say to us through this message, and continue our journey to the Cross.
Who Does He Think He Is?
Who do you think you are? I have heard this question a few times in my life how about you? The interesting thing in my life is that most of the time the person asking the question of me is the same as the one that was trying to confront Jesus. Most of the time it’s the devil himself that likes to ask me this question. I mean I’ve heard a lot of them over the years. Who do you think you are telling people how to live for Jesus when you don’t always do a good job of it yourself? Who do you think you are preaching the Word of God without having a Bible School diploma? Who do you think you are?
Then of course, I’m sure there are some who read my messages have the same thought that the scribes did as they got offended by the authority by which Jesus was preaching the Word that came from the Father. I’m sure many people think to themselves this same question. Who does Pastor B think he is? He doesn’t even have a Bible College degree who does he think he is calling himself a pastor? I didn’t call myself a pastor. God gave me that title one day as I was studying Psalms 28:8-9 (NIV), and as I was studying those verses out the Lord spoke that He was anointing me to be a shepherd to those whom He brings to Christlike Ministries NWA.
Listen. I know who I think I am. I am a son of the Most High God. I am the pastor and founder of Christlike Ministries NWA. I am anointed to walk in this vocation, and while I know that everyone isn’t as thrilled about it as I am that’s okay. I am a Marine Corps Veteran that doesn’t belong to a particular side of the political aisle, but knows domestic terrorists when I see them. I am a father. I am a husband. I am a son. I am a man that is striving to be a man after the heart of God, and I am finally in a place where it doesn’t matter to me who says or goes I am going to do what God has called me to do, be who God has called me to be, and as I always say I am going to live my life obeying God and trusting Him with the results.
There’s a boldness and confidence that comes from understanding who you are and Whose you are. There’s a comfort that comes from understanding that all of Heaven has your back when you are walking in God’s will for your life. That doesn’t mean that everything is all sunshine and rainbows. I still go through trials and tests and temptations and discouragement and depression. I still have thorns in my side that buffet me, and help me to stay humbly reliant upon the Lord. I can’t write a message without the anointing of the Holy Ghost, and that’s how I know there are times like last night that I wouldn’t have written this message with the same focus as I am right now.
The reason Jesus had the authority He had wasn’t just because He was anointed by the Holy Ghost. It’s because He knew who He was and He also knew Whose He was. He knew that God was His Father. He knew that all of Heaven had His back, and He knew that the same way I know it…by faith.
Most of y’all know I don’t like taking messages to talk about myself, but some times the best way for God to speak what He wants us all to hear is having me do just that. I have a freedom today that I don’t ever really remember having, and it all comes from not only understanding who I am…but knowing Whose I am. That moment when He audibly spoke to my heart that He loved me changed my life forever.
I know I say this a lot, but I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true. God is not a respecter of person. The things that He has done in, with, and through my life He can and will do the same if not greater with yours. The assurance that I have of who I am and Whose I am is available for each and every one of you. We all get it the same way…by faith. We have to believe in our hearts and confess it with our mouths that what Jesus did on the Cross He did for us. We have to believe that when the Bible says God is for us…that He’s really for us. We have to believe that when the Bible calls us sons and daughters of God…that we really are His children. We have to believe that the same authority, confidence, and boldness that Jesus had…we can have too because we are joint heirs with Christ.
So…the answer to the question of who do I think I am is not only do I think I’m these things…I know I am.
Today, you don’t have to live in fear or defeat; you have God-given authority in your hands to change. Exercise it in all areas of your life. Use it today and see the power of God flow through life!
Yes, friends, there are questions to help us to reflect upon what we have just talked about this morning. I hope that you are really taking the time to get alone with God in your secret places, and are really asking the Holy Ghost to reveal the answers to these questions to your heart. The most important thing in any and every message isn’t what I’m writing, but what God is speaking through what I’m writing. Some times having questions like these help us to reflect and meditate, and gives God the opportunity to speak to our hearts. So, let me challenge you to not just skim over these questions, but really take the time to sit at Jesus’ feet until He gives you some answers.
- Are you led by the circumstances of your life?
- Are you tired of trying, breaking free, going through the same things over and over again?
- *** Pray that God will enable you to make that change today, to allow his power to flow through your life. ***
Jesus, I thank you for the power and authority you’ve given me. I take authority over every area of my life, and I thank you that your Holy Spirit’s power is working in and through me. My life will never be the same again, in Jesus Name!
Final Word from Pastor B:
I don’t know about you, but I am really loving this series. We are only three messages in to this Lent series and we have a long way to go before we’re finished, but I’ve been reminded of what a joy it is to be able to do something like this for and with the Lord. I don’t really like talking about myself in messages, but as I mentioned if it helps to illustrate what God is wanting to talk to us about then I guess I’m okay with it. It’s wonderful to experience the peace of Jesus’ presence, and that’s what I’m experiencing right now as I write. That’s my favorite part…Jesus’ presence.
Well, friends, I believe that it’s time to really wrap this message up, and get it proof read so that I can get it posted. Thank you all, as always, for your prayers and patience. I hope that y’all are really getting something out of this series, and want y’all to know that I truly enjoy sharing the Word of God with you in this capacity. I truly hope that y’all are able to encounter the Lord. I love and appreciate you, Christlike Ministries NWA Family!
Have a blessed day in the Lord ~ Pastor B