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Chapter Three

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Jesus delegated power and authority

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Delegated Power and Authority

Definition of delegate: 1. to give (control, responsibility, authority, etc.) to someone: to trust someone with (a job, duty, etc).
Jesus gave the apostles power and authority over all devils ().
Power Over the Enemy: You have authority to intercede in prayer for those who need healing and deliverance - .
Power Over Sin: You have authority to intercede for those who need salvation - .
Power to Extend the Gospel: You have authority to pray for laborers to extend the Gospel - .

Binding and Loosing

Def “to bind” originates from the Hebrew word asar meaning “to bind, imprison, tie, gird, to harness.” Word occurs approximately 70 in the O.T. and was often used to indicate the tying up of horses and donkeys ().
The remarks of Jesus in are of great significance.
In verse 29, who is the strong man?
Jesus gave believers the power to bind and loose: .

The Name of Jesus

The Name of Jesus is the authority upon which we intercede. Jesus promised:
You are to pray, preach, teach, baptize, cast out demons, heal the sick, and overcome every power of the enemy through the name of Jesus.
The name of Jesus is more powerful than any other name:

The Blood of Jesus

The blood of Jesus is another powerful spiritual resource that enables us to intercede.
It is through His blood that we have access to God the Father:
God established the principle that forgiveness of sins comes only through the shedding of blood:
No longer necessary that the blood of animals be offered as a sacrifice for sin:
You enter God’s presence in prayer the same way you are saved, by confessing the benefits of the blood of Jesus:
Fasting
Two types of fasting
Total fast - is when you don’t eat or drink
Partial fast - is when the diet is restricted
Biblical examples of fasting:
Abraham’s servant fasted while seeking the right bride for Isaac (.
Hannah fasted for a child (.
Nehemiah fasted for the restoration of Jerusalem ().
Purpose of fasting:
Fasting does not change God. It changes you. God relates to you on the basis of your relationship to Him.
Length of the fast:
How long you fast depends upon what God speaks into your spirit. He may lead you to fast a brief or lengthy time.
Public and Private Fasting:
Fasting is a personal matter between an individual and God. It is to be done in private and not boasted about:
Leaders may call a public fast and request the whole church fellowship to fast:
God’s chosen fast:
describes God’s “chosen” or divinely approved fast.
The Results of Fasting:
When you fast, the first thing that happens is that God brings to reveal Himself to you.
Illumination
Direction
Provision
Rejuvenation
Restoration
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