I have been thinking a lot lately about power. I don’t mean electrical power, or the power in the way of physical strength. I mean the power that God intends for Christians to have. The power that the Bible gives so many examples of!
Luke 9:52-54 LITV (52) And He sent messengers before His face. And going they went into a village of Samaritans, so as to make ready for Him. (53) And they did not receive Him, because His face was going toward Jerusalem. (54) And seeing, His disciples, James and John, said Lord, do You desire that we tell fire to come down from Heaven, and to destroy them even as Elijah did? 2 K. 1:10-12
Luke 9:1-2 LITV (1) And having called together His twelve disciples, He gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases. (2) And He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God, and to heal the ones being sick.
Luke 10:19-20 LITV (19) Behold, I have given you the authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and on all the power of the hostile one, and nothing shall hurt you, no, never! (20) But stop rejoicing in this, that the evil spirits submit to you. But rather rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.
Luke 24:49 LITV (49) And, behold, I send forth the promise of My Father on you. But you sit in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.
2 Timothy 1:6-9 LITV (6) For which cause I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (7) For God did not give a spirit of cowardice to us, but of power and of love and of self-control. (8) Then do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, His prisoner. But suffer hardship with the gospel, according to the power of God, (9) the One having saved us and having called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace given to us in Christ Jesus before eternal times.
As you can see from these few examples Jesus has given quite a bit of power to not just the disciples, but to all His followers. So why then do we feel so powerless and weak? Why don’t we have this power? I think there are several reasons. First, I think we are too afraid of what other people would think of us. We would appear strange or fanatical. Second, is that we as individuals are too consumed with self, too busy with our own plans and purpose for our own lives. The scripture below I think applies to the world today and most of us, to some extent at least.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 LITV (1) But know this, that in the last days grievous times will be upon us. (2) For men will be lovers of themselves, money-lovers, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) without natural feeling, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good, (4) betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (5) having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these.
We deny the power of God! We do not have to fall into all of the above categories and most of us do not, yet we deny God’s power and authority over us, in turn we deny the power He has given us. All the great men of the Bible that had this power used it for God & the Kingdom. They truly accepted God’s power and authority and not just that they had a close relationship with God or Jesus. They were by no means perfect. They lived for God, suffered and sacrificed personally for God; they listened to, obeyed, trusted, and believed what He said. I think we balk when it comes to the suffering and sacrificing part and even the trust and obeying at times. After all, nobody enjoys not getting their own way, let alone sacrificing and suffering. I guess what it all boils down to is that the power is still there, waiting on us. The question is, do we really want it? Are we ready to put God first and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks? Do we really want to heal the sick, cast out demons, and call down fire from heaven? It is our choice! As for me, I don’t think I will be calling fire down from Heaven anytime soon. It just might consume me too! I will, however, take comfort in knowing that God’s power is always there, waiting on me.