THE AUTHORITY OF HEAVEN

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Affirm

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,

running down on the beard,

running down on Aaron‘s beard,

down upon the collar of his robes.

Psalm 133:1-2

TEXT

Mark 11:27-33

Again they entered Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking through the Temple area, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right to do them?”

“I’ll tell you by what authority I do these things if you answer one question,” Jesus replied. “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human? Answer me!”

They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn’t believe John. But do we dare say it was merely human?” For they were afraid of what the people would do, because everyone believed that John was a prophet. So they finally replied, “We don’t know.”

And Jesus responded, “Then I won‘t tell you by what authority I do these things.” (NLT)

READ

What but Thy right hand of power
(Power display‘d in perfect love)
Can my confidence restore,
Can my torturing fear remove?
Lord, in this poor groveling soul
Now Thy Spirit‘s power exert,
Now my unbelief control,
Purify and calm my heart.

Master, at Thy feet I wait,
Thy reviving voice to hear:
Raise me to my first estate,
Show Thyself the Finisher,
Perfect what Thou hast begun,
And when all my griefs are past,
And when all my work is done,
Glorify my soul at last.

-A Hymn of Charles Wesley

Declare

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom

and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

Revelation 5:12-13 (NIV)

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