Genesis, the book of beginnings, we read that God spoke his word to bring about
creation (Genesis 1). Think about this for a minute; it’s so easy to read and
not get the full impact of God’s word in this account of creation. God spoke through
the prophet Isaiah that his word does not return void but accomplishes his
purpose (Isa 55:11). God also said to the prophet Jeremiah: “I will hasten my
word to perform it” (Jer 1:12; KJV) Are we getting the picture? Gods word has
power to achieve what it states it will.
apostle Peter had been fishing all night and caught nothing (Luke 5:5-7). However,
at Jesus command he lowered the fishing nets again and caught a huge number of
fishes. A centurion in Luke 7:7 told Jesus to just: "say in a word, and my
servant shall be healed”. The servant was healed. There is no doubt that God's
word is very powerful
David said that God had magnified his word above his name (Ps 138:2). God's
word should be our delight according to Psalm 1:2 and if we meditate on the
word we will flourish (Josh 1:8). Meditation is a re-speaking of the word; it
is not just a mental activity.
should give great respect and attention to the word and line up our thoughts
and decisions with the word. Speak the word over your circumstances and watch
things change for the better. For example, if you need healing, find scriptures
on healing and speak them over your body, command your body to lineup with God’s
word, claim that healing. Believe healing is yours and experience the power of
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“That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto
his death” (Phil 3:10). The apostle Paul in this verse indicated that his goal
in life was to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.
Think what power (the Greek word dunamis) was needed
to raise Jesus from the dead (Eph 1: 19-20). We get our English word dynamite
from the Greek word dunamis. That same power dwells in us: “But if the Spirit
of him that raised up Jesus form the dead dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you” (Rom 8:11). That power brings life to our mortal bodies,
empowers us to be witnesses for him (Acts 1:8) and in fact, makes us like Jesus
(2 Cor 3:17-18). Wow and double Wow.
The apostle Paul also mentioned (Eph 1:19) another
form of God’s power (Greek Kratos), the power of dominion or authority, which
he exercised in raising Christ from the dead. As born-again believers in Jesus
we walk in the authority of Jesus over the devil; Jesus took back authority
from satan through his (Jesus) death and resurrection (Eph 1:19-22). What a
victory we have in Jesus.
But Paul does go on to say, in our theme verse above (Phil
3:10), that we must also be willing to fellowship in Christ’s sufferings and
death. With the power and authority Jesus brought us, we must also die to self
and live for Christ, no matter how much persecution or difficulty this may
bring; are we willing?
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love Paul’s humility in 1 Cor 2:1-5. He gets to the very crux of the source and
power of Christianity. He says I came preaching the Gospel with fear and
trembling; speaking only God’s word, not man’s wisdom and not with elegance of
speech. Paul dared not insert himself but focused on Jesus; allowing the Spirit
to give him the words to share. He gave pre-eminence to the power of the word
of God to affect and change men’s hearts and lives. His preaching was
accompanied by clear demonstrations of the power of the Holy Spirit; signs
wonders and miracles.
preach, as the word is defined, is simply to proclaim, publish or herald. As
the word is preached, the Holy Spirit takes it, reveals it to the sensitive and
receptive heart and provides the power for the word to impact, bless and change
the receptive listener (1 Cor 2:10). Paul was bold enough to say that as we
preach in obedience to God and as directed by the Holy Spirit, then the father
will demonstrate his power among us.
word, his power, humility, fear of God and obedience, as exemplified in Paul’s life
and ministry, are a recipe for change. We really need to meditate on this and
get it down in our spirits.
said, that when he preached, he didn’t not do it in his own wisdom but by the
power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2:4). In other words, the Holy Spirit gave him
the words to say and when he spoke God’s word, the power of the Holy Spirit was
released to change people’s lives and to heal them.
John 6:63, Jesus is recorded as saying that it is the Spirit that brings life
and that his words were spirit and life. The Bible is God’s word, inspired by him
through the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:15-17). The Holy Spirit reveals God’s word
(the Bible) to us (John 14:26). The word in our mouths is God’s: “sword of the
Spirit” with which we can defeat all the attacks of satan on our lives (Eph 6:
us to have the power of God’s word to affect change and cause satan to flee
from us (James 4:7) we must have the word living and abiding in us (1 Peter
1:23). This means we need to spend time to get the word down into our spirits
so that it comes out of our mouths automatically when we need it. Now here is
the rub. We need to make God’s word our priority, there are no short cuts.
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does not leave us alone (John 14:15-18). He sent us his Holy Spirit, his power
(Acts 1:8). Jesus received the same Holy Spirit when John the Baptist baptized
him in water (Matt 3:16). Jesus needed this power to flow from him when he
ministered upon the earth (Luke 8:46).
are told that this is the same power that raised Christ from the dead and that
this power will bring life to our mortal bodies: “But if the spirit of him that
raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead
shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Rom
8:11). This Greek word for power is where we get our English word dynamite (Eph
1:19-20). We have his dynamite power on the inside of us!
we discover God’s promises to us in the Bible and step out in faith, the Holy
Spirit can go to work to change us and use us. Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I
say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).
Yes, he said that we are empowered to do the same works as he did on this earth
and even greater works! Let’s allow his power to change us and flow from us to
a hurting world.
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