We got power!!!

The Power Rangers

We have way more power than they do!!!

As believers, there are many times where we talk about power: and rightfully so. The Holy Spirit has come upon us and given us power (Acts 1:8). Because of this, we are a people without excuse when it comes to a Christian lifestyle.

We have the ability to walk this life out according to God’s ordinances when operating in this power. However, we also have the ability to not walk in power and fall prey to the weaknesses of our flesh.

2 Timothy 1:7 affirms this notion that we have power, stating, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (KJV). To not walk in the spirit of power that God has already given us automatically means we are walking contrary to the will of God.

His desire is not for us to walk in timidity, but boldness, in every area of our lives. Please hear me when I say “every area of our lives.” There is not a single aspect of our lives in which the Lord wants us to experience defeat; fear and timidity will yield this defeat!

God wants us to triumph in our relationships, our health (mentally, physically and spiritually), our finances and the list continues. If this were not true, then the word of God would not tell us of  the victory we have through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57), and that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

The most pressing area that God wants us to have the victory, however, is in obedience to his word! Though living a life according to biblical standards can seem like an onerous task, God assures us “his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

When we crack open our Bibles, the assumption is that a person with power is reading its instructions. Because we have the Holy Spirit–which every Christian is in-filled with upon confession of Christ (Acts 2:38)–we have the ability to adhere to God’s standard.

Focusing our power on rebuking the devil, sending him back to pit of hell and binding him in the name of Jesus (insert speaking in tongues) is quite frankly an overkill. James 4:7 simply states, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

The Bible guarantees that resisting the devil will result in flight. This is not to say that we do not need power to resist him, but we have assurance in knowing all we have to do is stand (Ephesians 6:13).

It is no guarantee, however, that we will live right! What we really need power to do is follow the open-ended commands of our Lord.

For instance, 1 Corinthians 6:18 tells us to “flee from  sexual immorality.” Notice that the scripture does not read, “you will not commit sexual immorality.” When given a command, the responsibility lies within us to carry it out.

As believers, we should concentrate on exercising our power over the devil. “We are not unaware of his schemes” (1 Corinthians 2:11), however, and we know that the devil simply wants us to act contrary to the word of God.

Real power is not being able to speak in tongues until you are blue in the face, but to be a doer of the word and not merely a hearer, and so deceive ourselves (James 1:22).

Instead of exercising our power to speak that new job into existence or pray the devil out of the job we have, maybe we should use it to rid ourselves of the unforgiveness that we harbor.

Colossians 3:13 reads, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

The power that the believer is supposed to experience is not true power until we exert it over our own will. You simply cannot say that you have power if you are unable to control your actions and line them up with the word of God.

Though the Bible does not specifically tell us that we will avoid sexual immorality or forgive, it does give us this assurance: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16).


~ by christianballenger on June 14, 2011.

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