Mark 1: 27 is the verse in response to Jesus teaching with authority and then the exorcism of an unclean spirit.  It reads: "And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority!  He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." The people were amazed at Jesus' authority: 1) with his words 2) his actions.  We can only imagine what kind of rote teaching they regularly received.  There was probably little passion.  Certainly, there was no one claiming the absolute authority of God when they taught.  Nor was there a teacher exorcising evil spirits into the demonic world.

Today, when a called minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, opens the Scripture and declares, "Thus says the Lord," he is holding the same authority with Jesus spoke and acted.  Granted, this is a serious calling to which only a few are called.  Granted, this speaker must hold tenaciously and unabashedly to the absolute authority of the Word of God.  But when these heavenly happenings converge, there rests the authority of God himself.

I pray for more churches to have congregations that are amazed at the authority of their preachers.  I pray too they'd be amazed at their lives that take authority over demonic minions.  When this happens, people will fall under the authority of God himself and our great God will move powerfully in their midst.

Let's all today be amazed at the authority of Jesus being manifested in the lives of those who are impassioned by his word and spirit.