The source of spiritual-power is the sovereign God of the Universe, the God of Abraham, Moses, and Israel. Anne Graham Lotz wrote the following in God’s Story:
The glorious dawn of GOD’S story begins with the simple statement that in the beginning of time and space, GOD was already there. He is eternal. He is not bound by time or by space. Which means He is fully present in every age, in every generation, in every corner of the Universe…fully present on planet Earth and on the surface of the moon…fully present yesterday, today, and tomorrow…fully present with you and with me. Except for once, when He “made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death --- even death on a cross!”
So how do we connect with the sovereign GOD of the universe, find spiritual wellness and experience real spiritual-power in our lives both in the here and now and in eternity? First we have to believe that he exists. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to GOD must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Ref: Hebrews 11:6)
But believing that GOD exists is not enough. There is a gap between people and GOD. GOD is perfect and he cannot have a relationship with anyone who is not also perfect. People try without success to bridge the gap through their own efforts.
GOD’s only provision to bridge the gap between Himself and people is JESUS CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. A personal relationship with JESUS begins with hearing the Word of GOD and acknowledging that what you heard is the truth, then making an intellectual decision to establish a personal relationship with Him. The intellectual decision is then followed by an act of your will, based on faith in GOD's Word.
Bridge the gap by confessing that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD." Repent of your sin and accept the free gift of salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of GOD; not as the result of works. The very act of GOD’s redemption in our lives is a demonstration of spiritual-power.
When we accept CHRIST, we are permanently sealed with the HOLY SPIRIT who dwells in us. We are declared righteous forever because of our position in JESUS CHRIST. The word righteous in the Bible also refers to the believer’s conduct. To be called a “righteous person,” we must be found in CHRIST (Phil. 3:9) and make it a habit to obey GOD (Eph. 4:1 and Col. 1:10). This also means that as we pray we listen intently and submit ourselves to Him, confessing our sins and obeying. If we knowingly engage in sin, we are not living righteously and our prayers will lack spiritual-power.
JESUS said, "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and cast into the sea” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says." (Mark 11:23).
It is amazing to have the power to have "what you say" and this power is available to "whoever believes". There is power in our words when we believe in our hearts and don't doubt. God is the source of all positive energy, and prayer is the best way to tap into his power. The paradox of power was expressed by John Owen who said, "We have no power from God unless we live in the persuasion that we have none of our own."
Spiritual gifts and power are helpful to reveal GOD and bring others closer to Him. They are not given to make us look powerful, clever or important. They are given to glorify holy GOD and his son, JESUS CHRIST.
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