How To Tap Into The Power Of God—Part 2
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What Is the Source Of God's Power For Us?
The answer to that question is answered in Romans 1:16 and 1 Corinthians 1:18. Whether you are surprised, non plussed, or unbelieving, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Power of God!
A first glance this would appear to be lacking in some respect. After all, to declare that the sum total of God’s Power for us is found neatly wrapped up in the gospel of Christ seems a gross over statement. But when we understand the purpose of the Gospel, and the resulting effect it has on the lives of those who hear it and walk in it, we begin to see the magnitude of our God. First let us examine some of the things that Jesus spoke directly to his disciples.
Luke 10:19-29 gives us significant insight into this idea of power. In verse 19, the first word, `power,’ is the Greek word exousia, or authority. The second word, `power,’ is dunamis, or power: inherent ability. Ergo, Jesus declared:
“I give unto you the authority i.e., the power of will and commands that must be submitted to by others and obeyed; to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power i.e., the strength that the enemy puts forth ...”
Now, in the 20th verse, Jesus qualifies verse 19, and declares to us, point blank, How To Tap Into The Power Of God! He begins by telling the disciples that they are right in rejoicing, but they are rejoicing for the wrong reasons. they were not to rejoice because evil spirits obeyed them when they spoke in Yeshua's name. He concluded by telling them the real reason for rejoicing, namely,because their names are written in heaven.
There is a very profound truth here that needs to be brought to surface. When we understand the value of our names being written in heaven, we will understand How To Tap Into The Power Of God!
Be A Yielded Servant
Jesus has just said that; `The devils are subject to you when you speak in my name only because you are submitted to me, and I am the source of your power. that is precisely how we enter into the Power of God; being submitted to him.
We hear people speak about operating in the Power of God, and so we do. But many people have the idea that we are allowed to use the Power of God. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, speaking on the nine gifts of the Spirit, makes it quite evident that the operation of these gifts is, “...as the Spirit wills.”
WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE POWER OF GOD: WE, THROUGH SUBMISSION, ALLOW GOD’S POWER TO USE US!
By being a yielded and submissive instrument in the hands of God, we give him the right, through our expectation, to release his power through us. How gripping that is! By being yielded to God’s will we become channels, through which the power of his will can flow unhindered.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:18
Compare with LUKE 17:6-8, 14-17 God has given us (believers) the ministry of service of Reconciliation. You are a believer on the Lord Jesus Christ. You have favor with God. You are Righteous before God. You are submitted to Christ as Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Creator of Heaven and Earth. So God is channeling his power through you for the ministry of Reconciliation. Now look at verse 19. Not only has God given us the ministry of Reconciliation, he has committed to us the WORD OF RECONCILIATION. Recall Romans 1:16,
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also the Greek.
God could not lie. That which he promised he had to perform. Abraham believed the Promise and was yielded to God through the Promise. Therefore, God’s Power was channeled through Abraham to fulfill the Promise. Comparably, God has given to us the Word of Reconciliation which is founded upon God’s Promises. We believe God’s Promise and we submit ourselves to it. Then God is able to direct his Power through us. The Power of the Word of Reconciliation. The Word equipped to Reconcile the world back to the Father; the Word equipped to reconcile the sick back to health; the Word equipped to reconcile the poor back to prosperity, etc. To better comprehend this, picture a water wheel. The water flows continually; it is the same water flowing. When this water power comes in contact with the waterwheel, the power is utilized for a specific purpose; to grind grain, run equipment, produce electricity, etc. But the power in the flowing water is utilized only while the wheel is yielded to , and moving with, the water. If the waterwheel should jam in a fixed position, the water still flows, the power still exists, but it is not being utilized because the water wheel is no longer yielded to the flow of power.
God's Spirit Is Poured Out On You
The anointing seems to go largely overlooked when we speak of the Power of God. And while I could direct your attention to many places in Scripture, I will keep it simple and offer just two.
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by MIRACLES, WONDERS AND SIGNS, WHICH GOD DID by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves know —Acts 2:22
How God ANOINTED Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; FOR GOD WAS WITH HIM! —Acts 10:38
God’s anointing is his Approval of our lives. The more we submit to God, the greater God’s Approval, thus, the greater the Anointing. The Anointing is a manifestation of God’s ability, in operation in our lives, to confirm the WORD. In the two verses of scripture we have just read, we see God’s approval of Jesus is in the fact that God worked miracles, wonders, and signs through the hands of Jesus. We also see that the prerequisite for God working these miracles, signs and wonders through Jesus is; first, Jesus was in complete submission to the Father and, second, God Anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and with Power, because that is how God has chosen to operate through men.
Let us consider Jesus! Jesus was a man who trusted completely in God. Jesus was Righteousness before the Father because he believed the Father and always did those things that were pleasing to the Father. We know that Jesus was NOT righteous before the Father because he had never sinned, because we read in Romans 3:20
Therefore by the deeds of the law shall NO FLESH be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Jesus was a man of faith; therefore his faith justified him in the eyes of God. God; therefore Anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and Power, as a show of his Approval, and worked miracles, wonders, and signs through him. Men could see that he was Approved by God and that these miracles, signs and wonders were worked by God through him cf. John 3:2. Jesus proclaimed the Words of the Father. If the Father had not said it, Jesus did not say it either. Jesus was submitted to the Father. Jesus was yielded to the Holy Ghost. When Jesus operated under the Anointing, he always blessed others, never himself.
THE ANOINTING ALWAYS WORKS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS!
We need to examine some examples of Jesus in Action, and while there are a goodly number of instances in Scripture, I will direct your attention to just two.
Verse 40 says they could not, it does not say that they would not. They had obviously tried, in some fashion, to cast the unclean spirit out, but without success. Verse 42 shows Jesus casting the unclean spirit out with great power. No doubt the disciples had used the name of Jesus, but the difference between Jesus and the disciples was that Jesus was operating under the Anointing.
Jesus was speaking the Word (Gospel = Power [Romans 1:16]) and acting in Faith. The anointing of God was upon him. The disciples were trying to operate without faith (verse 41) so they were not pleasing God, (Hebrews 11:6); therefore, they were not approved of God, with God working powerful through them.
And it came to pass on a certain day, AS HE WAS TEACHING, that there were Pharisees and Doctors of the Law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and THE POWER OF GOD WAS PRESENT TO HEAL THEM. —Luke 5:17
Notice that God’s Power was actively present to heal them because Jesus was teaching: proclaiming the God's Word. vs 18 ff
And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said to him, man thy sins are forgiven thee. And the Scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, rise up and walk.? But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath Power upon earth to forgive sins, (He said unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. Luke 5:18ff
Take notice. Even though Jesus was teaching the Scribes and the Pharisees, and even though the Power of God was present to heal the Scribes and Pharisees; none of them was healed! They had heard the Word of Promise and the Power of God was activated (by the Word) to heal: but they did not believe it, thus no righteousness for healing! Look at Hebrews 4:1-2. Do you see how powerful that is? Because they did not believe the Word of Promise they had no Righteousness for healing.
You can still hear them, “I just do not believe in that healing stuff. Healing passed away with the last of the Prophets.” absurd you say? Indeed! And yet the legalistic voice of the Pharisees still resounds today. The only reason they were there was to find fault in Jesus that they might accuse him. Only the ones who came in Hope (from promise) of healing received the Power that was Present for all!
And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. —Luke 5:25
AN IMPORTANT POINT
This man did not glorify God for his sickness, neither did he proclaim what God had taught him something in this sickness. He glorified God only for his healing and all he learned from the sickness was how to be sick.
And they were ALL amazed, and they glorified God (not for the sickness), and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things today. —Luke 5:26
The yoke symbolizes bondage. Here the Prophet says that because of the Anointing the yoke (bondage) would be destroyed.
You will recall that earlier we stated that, “God’s Anointing is his Approval of our lives.” God’s anointing is upon his Word. God confirms his Word, not ours. God hastens his Word to perform it. God’s Word is forever established in heaven.
I Luke chapter 5 we see a man freed from the bondage of the palsy. Jesus spoke the Word to him; the Word of healing for spirit and flesh, and God confirmed his Word. The man is then directed to leave. One might well question why Jesus would have the man leave when he is glorifying God. But recall, he is entirely surrounded by doubt and unbelief. If this man is going to remain healed, he will have to remove himself from the poisonous effects of the anti-faith that is present in the place.
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He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD. —John 3:18
I do not want to labor the point, but Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. God’s anointing is on his Word; his Word became flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus the Christ.
An all encompassing term that is applied both to men and to God. It reflects such qualities as essential worth, esteem, prestige, reputation, fame, and honor. When the term is used of God, it is considered singularly appropriate for describing his moral uniqueness and sublime position as Lord of the universe.
On giving glory to God, I quote from Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament:
To give or ascribe glory to God, why and how being evident in each case from the context: thus, by declaring one’s gratitude to God for a benefit received, Luke 17:18; By not distrusting God's promises, Romans 4:20; Acknowledge that God knows all things, And show that you believe it by the confession you are about to make, so as to honor God and promote his glory, John 9:24; Romans 15:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 1:11; 2:11
It must be evident by now that there are simply no shortcuts to tapping into the power of God. Your path to God's power is laid before you.
- You are a child of the most High God. Your first priority is to believe in and submit to God.
- Your righteousness is the key to a relationship with God, and that relationship is based on your belief (faith) in God's promises to you.
- Make sure you are operating in faith and not in hope. Faith is the producer in your life, not hope. Hope is simply the blueprint for your faith.
- Your task while here on earth is not the acquisition of things, goods, or knowledge. Pleasing God is the bullseye we are aiming for. The giants of faith had the testimony of "pleasing God," not getting stuff.
- God's power is in his Word. If you are looking for it somewhere else you will never find it.
- We have an anointing from the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20). You need to be operating in that anointing by boldly speaking God's Word and acting on it.
We have already been given the manifested presence of God (Jesus). The same glory that has been given to Jesus has been given to each born again child of God. All of God’s goodness has been given to us. We must not deny this manifestation with either our speech or our action. God has given us his Word, and he himself will perform it...you just need to believe it.
As a final thought, I would remind you that:
WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE POWER OF GOD: WE, THROUGH SUBMISSION, ALLOW GOD’S POWER TO USE US!