Friday, January 23, 2015

Power Packed

More than likely there has been a time in your life when you have been in charge. This doesn’t include power trips over your siblings or action figure power highs, although the older sister thing was fun at times.

The authority that was placed on you gave you the power over people or situations for a specific purpose.  Either way your voice was in command and circumstances had to adhere to what you said.  It’s not something that can be seen, but when you have it others respond.  The right kind of power makes all the difference.
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Who Has Authority?
I’d like to use the jury duty situation from last week as an example of what I want to share.  When I walked into the room for the first time, the other jurors thought I was in charge by my actions.  As soon as I sat down their responses changed.  Every time a different person stood in front of the group we all reacted to the voice of instruction equally.
When the twelve jurors were chosen they were set apart from everyone else in that room.  One of the twelve was selected to be the spokesperson. The judge gave that person authority to speak for the group.  They had the power to be the voice the judge listened to in the final verdict. 
That individual wasn’t different than the rest of us before or after the trial.  The difference was that the person believed they had power over the rest to speak their mind, and believing is what caused others to follow.
When the trial was over that person no longer had power over anyone.  It was as if nothing ever happened and we were right back to listening to those who remained in authority, submitting to every circumstance like before.

Power and Authority
As Christians, Jesus has given us something that we are to use to be in charge over every area of our lives.  This is what He said, I have given you authority and power.” 
Now why would we need power over anything? To put it plainly, we need power to let people or things know we are in charge and have authority.  This doesn’t mean we have power to be rude, unkind, disrespectful or simply not obey others in authority.
The power Jesus gave to all His followers is for specific things so that Heaven’s Kingdom is brought down to Earth.  This power from God is a gift to derail the work of satan in our lives.  We are vessels through which the power of God can operate, just like that one juror who was given special authority.
However, there is something believers in Christ have that the designated juror didn’t.  Our authoritative power isn’t temporary.  We can call on the power of God through Christ Jesus, to work in a situation at any time. 
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”  (John 1:12 KJV)
There is Power in the Blood
Written by Lewis E. Jones 1899
For years I’ve been singing the good old gospel hymn “There is Power in the Blood” in church services, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized what the words actually meant.
The power that Jesus gave us was the same power that raised Him from the dead after He was crucified on the cross.  God’s Holy Spirit worked in the body of Christ and that power defeated death and everything satan has ever done or will do.
The power was in the life blood of Jesus.  In order for a person to live the body must contain a continual flow of blood; it’s the blood that causes life to be maintained.  Without it the body has no power to live on its own.  When Jesus died He shed His life blood on the cross.  Even though Jewish ceremony doesn’t do anything to alter the body after death like most cultures, Jesus’ body lost so much blood from the beatings and crucifixion that His body couldn’t have survived.
When Jesus rose from the dead it wasn’t because the blood was restored in His body.  It was the power of the Holy Spirit of God working by authority in Jesus that brought Him back to life. The blood that gave life was the power of God, not actual human blood.
Christians have the same power of God in them if they believe as Jesus did.  Mortal blood doesn’t activate it, but God’s life does.  That supernatural power conquers all things. 

The Breath of God
Now I’m going to say something that a lot of people will disagree with, but here goes.  Every person who ever lived had God’s spirit living in them.  It is His breath that gives us life.  However, life has no power on its own.  Only God can make a person live and we’re all subject to His rules whether we believe in Him or not. 

Something changes in our life after we receive Jesus as our Savior. We become power packed.  God activates that Holy Spirit power when we believe in Him.  When we said we believed God, He graced us with gifts that allow us to experience Kingdom living before we reach the Kingdom.  It’s what John 10:10 is all about, but most of us never experience it.
“The thief (satan and his cohorts) doesn’t come for any other reason other than to steal, kill and destroy. I (Jesus) have come so you may have life and have it even more abundantly with the Holy Spirit power.” (from John 10:10 emphasis mine)
We forget that the Holy Spirit is in us and always ready to go into action, but we walk out of the power when the world claims authority over our lives.  What or who has taken that power away from you crushing your spirit so that it’s almost destroyed leaving you helpless as a believer?  Are circumstances, situations or people stealing the power that is rightfully yours through salvation?
There’s only one way for the power of God to work in our lives.  We have to believe it’s there and then use that authority against the wiles of the devil.
The jurors believed in the person in charge, and responded accordingly.  That chosen one also believed, and his/her belief allowed the power to work over the situation. Why did it work?  First of all, he/she believed the judge. Second he/she had authority backing him – the judge and the lawyers.  All submitted to his/her commands because of the judges say so.

Whose Voice Do You Believe?
Do you believe the voice of Jesus still speaks to us through His Word?  If you do, you have the power to change a situation in the name of Jesus so that it lines up with God’s Word and the Kingdom of Heaven.
The power of God can’t be abused, because it only works if it’s in agreement with the Word of God.  God’s power is still available to every person who will believe. 
Jesus didn’t take back the authority He gave to His followers, so we are still in possession of it.  Our part is to believe Him and use it as He said.  In other words, will you finally believe Judge Jesus?

This Week’s Challenge:
Believe the Power 

Our challenge this week is to activate the power living inside by faith when we believe the Word of God over any situation. 
We’re going to remind the devil of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit in us, by speaking truth (over facts that change) into our lives until a circumstance changes. 

It’s time to believe and take charge with authority. 

“Then Jesus called His twelve disciples (and is still calling) and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.  He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:12 NKJV) 

If you are not feeling well or the doctor has declared some sickness in your life, start your healing process by saying: 

“I believe the power of God is working in me to heal me of (you fill in the blank) and by Jesus’ stripes I declare that I am healed.” 

You have to believe you are power packed with the Holy Spirit over all situations satan can throw at you. 

“Behold, I (Jesus) give you (believers) the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirts are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.”  (Luke 10:19-20 NKJV) 

Instead of listing problems, declare that the power of God is active in you giving favor for a job, mercy to turn the situation around, etc.   

“I believe the power of God is working through my prayers and my children, spouse, family … are saved.” 

“I believe the power of God is working on my finances … my living conditions … my car ….”   

Whatever it is that you are in need of, God is already there with His Holy Spirit power.  You’re a walking power pack. Set your heart to believe and keep believing.  
Expect something to change in your favor. Not because of some spooky power or spell, but because you finally believed God at His Word and are ALL In to living a Kingdom life Christ died for you to live here on Earth and eternity.

There's Power in the Blood by Fernando Ortega

Until next time, believe you are favored with Holy Spirit power.


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