Power. We know God has power. He created the world and everything in it. Jesus even goes so far as to call His Father “POWER,” as though it were His very name.
And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”- Mar 14:62 ESV
The testimony of the Scriptures is clear. God is power, He has power, and He displays his power to help human beings who have faith in Him.
But do we have power as Christians? After all, we are just mere human beings. Could we have a supernatural power too?
Well, apparently, we can! Let’s take a quick look at what the Bible says about it.
In Acts 1, after Jesus was raised from the dead and just before He ascended into heaven, He told His disciples:
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;” Acts 1:8 NIV
The promise here is very clear. Jesus said, “You will receive power”. The word in Greek, which is the language most of the New Testament was written in, is dynamis, which is the same root word for our word “dynamite”. Explosive strength and power is what is intended here, and Jesus promised us that we would walk in explosive strength!
Now let’s look at Luke’s gospel where it says,
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. - Luke 9:1-2 NIV
Here we see the word power again, which is the same Greek word, dynamis; God’s DYNAMITE. Jesus adds a word here too: “authority”. God has given his disciples not only power but authority over even spiritual forces, like demons. The word in the Greek for “authority” is exousia. It means power, but it also means you have the legal right to do it. Here we see Jesus has given us the legal right to heal sick people and to drive out demons in His Name, as well as the power to do so.
Finally, let’s look at the explosion of dynamite power that happened on the day of Pentecost. All the believers began sharing the greatness in God even in languages they didn’t know. To explain this Peter rose up and shared from Joel’s prophecy that:
“‘In the last days, God says, ‘ I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. Acts 2:17-18 NIV
Look at how broad and big this promise is! It talks about God pouring out His Spirit of God on all flesh. So the Word is clear: God is saying that He will give supernatural power to His people. There are no limits on the types of people to whom God will give His extraordinary power. Old, young, men, women - if you are His, you have been given this promise to receive His power.
Why don’t you pray with me? God, I believe your Word. I desire to help people with your power – I want to heal their bodies but only for your glory. Help me, Lord, believe what your Word says and then use me to help people with your power. In Jesus’ Name.
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