Tag: power of God

Where is the power of God?

Throughout history people have witnessed the miraculous power and provision of God. People who were backed into a corner with no way out.

No way out but God, that is. 

As in the case of Zerubbabel, a governor in Judah. When those who had been taken captive to Babylon began returning to their homeland, it was Zerubbabel’s responsibility to watch over the rebuilding of the temple. 

And to Zerubbabel, it seemed an impossible situation.

But not for God. 

The prophet Zechariah received a word for the governor.

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 ESV)

Thinking about this, and remembering many of the biblical accounts of the miraculous, I find myself wondering, “Why don’t we see those same kinds of miracles today?”

Like the parting of the Red Sea. Or, the water pouring from a rock. The sun stopping dead in its tracks for almost 24 hours. Water turned to wine. Fish and bread multiplied.

Miracle after miracle by the God Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 

And since He’s the same today, where are the miracles of old?

Why aren’t we seeing the miraculous signs and wonders Jesus said we’d see?

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”” (Mark 16:15 – 16:18 ESV)

The early disciples witnessed the miraculous. 

And while it’s true there have been some in today’s world who have experienced the miraculous power of God, it seems to be the exception rather than the rule. 

Oh, we know the scriptures. We know when to say “amen”. We have church planting down to a science. We can craft sermons with the best of them. 

No, I’m not saying we shouldn’t know the scriptures, shout amen, plant churches, or craft great sermons. 

Not at all!

But where is the power of God?

Where is the “but by My Spirit…” earthshaking power of the Living God?

I have only one answer. 

We aren’t the people of yesteryear. 

What do I mean?

We have become so good at planning, we never find ourselves backed into a corner. Nothing looks impossible to us.

“Oh, come on, man. There are plenty of things which look impossible.”

I agree. But when those moments happen, what do we typically do? 

Go with our backup plan. 

And then claim it as God’s will. 

Well, maybe you haven’t, but I know I have. 

What if we allowed ourselves the luxury of having no Plan B, no extra door to use if God seems to close the one in front of us, and no memorized excuses as to why our Red Sea’s aren’t parted today?

What if we welcomed those moments when we find our backs against the wall? 

What if we learned, like Paul, to boast in our weaknesses (and our impossible moments) knowing that when we’re weak, were great candidates for His strength?

Or, like James, found a way to count it all joy when our way seemed blocked by temptation or struggles; knowing that the trying of our faith works patience. 

And patience never disappoints. It always has God’s signature on the final product. 

Us.

I’m just wondering out loud. Of course, I can’t answer for you. But, with the Lord’s help, I’m going to fix my eyes on Jesus. 

And when I see a mountain in my way I’m going to expect to see it removed by the Spirit of God!

After all, He’s in the mountain moving business. 

Still.

Wanted: Prophets of God

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Has the world become so sophisticated and educated we no longer need Godly men and women declaring the word of the Lord?

Is everyone pursuing God with utter abandonment? Do they yet know the freedom Jesus has purchased with His very own blood?

Wanted: prophets of God.

Has the church of Jesus Christ finally grown to the full stature of Christ?

Wanted: prophets of God.

The Pharaohs of our land continuously mock the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God of the Christians. Where are the Moses’ and Aaron’s who will stand before the rulers and declare, “We’re going to serve God, according to His instructions, regardless of what you think or threaten to do to us.”

Wanted: prophets of God.

Society no longer is interested in the old time religion; there are much better things to do with their time then spend it worshipping a God Who’s outdated and outclassed.

Yet there are massive amounts of people burdened with worry, fear, heartbreak and empty promises from the intellectually elite. Those who “tried” God and were “wise enough to see through the scam of Christianity”.

So where are the Elijah’s and Elisha’s who can declare to the masses, “You’re being sold a bill of worthless goods! Let me show you the God Who alone is worth knowing and worshipping!”

Wanted: prophets of God.

Where are those who will set aside those devilish distractions and pointless pursuits and rise in the Name of the Lord and say, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live in this flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Wanted: prophets and prophetesses of God.

Prophets?

“Oh no, brother. They passed away with the last apostle.”

Sorry, but there’s no scripture to confirm that belief.

Prophets?

Yes, those who hear what the Spirit of God says, are anointed to deliver what they’ve heard fearlessly, lovingly, and accurately. Nothing more, nothing less.

Prophets?

Those who, along with apostles, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, spend their lives teaching, mentoring, and equipping the saints to be active in the work of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Prophets?

People with only one allegiance; King Jesus.

Maybe you aren’t called to be a prophet or prophetess. But you ARE CALLED to take God’s message, His good news, and declare it far and wide.

Wherever you go, He goes. And vice versa.

There are plenty of opportunities available. You don’t need a title, a pulpit, or four years of bible school. All you need is God’s word burning like fire in your heart, and a servant’s attitude.

Wanted: prophets of God. 

People who aren’t afraid to call things as God calls them. People who aren’t ashamed of the gospel of God which is the power of God to salvation.

Are YOU ready to answer the call?

Then get ready…

Don’t be surprised when you witness God’s power like never before.

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3 ESV)

You call, He’ll answer.

You step out on His word, you’ll experience His miraculous provision.

Empty yourself of your opinions, ideas, selfish pursuits, and false humility and you’ll discover the Anointing of God rising within your spirit like never before.

What this land so desperately needs right at this moment are people who will address society and say, “How long are you going to vacillate between two opinions? If God is God, then serve Him. If not, well…”

Well, Elijah, is that you I’m talking to?

How about you, Elisha? Moses? Samuel?

Barnabas? Agabas? Silas?

It’s time.

Is there something we’re missing about water baptism?


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I believe there’s more to water baptism than a simple “outward sign of an inward work”.

Obedience goes deeper than “just because He said so”.

It seems there’s a degree of power we may not be utilizing, because we haven’t totally understood the wisdom of God and water baptism.

Jesus told His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19 – 28:20 NASB)

“…teaching them to observe all…” observance means to obey (obey all I’ve commanded you) which would include water baptism.

Each time you and I make a decision to obey God, whether we feel like it or not, God’s grace is poured into our lives to help us in our obedience. 

It’s what He was really referring to in Malachi chapter three. “Prove Me… by obeying Me”.

It’s not an easy thing to control the desires of the flesh. And yet we’re instructed to “reckon ourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God” (Roman 6:11).

Water baptism is an act of obedience AND identification which God uses to give us an edge, so to speak.

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 NASB)

There are many folks around the world who believe in water baptism. But sometimes, they miss out on the power of God for a lack of true, biblical understanding of what is taking place.

“My people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6).

“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working (operation) of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11 – 2:12 NKJV)

Could it be many of us have had, or are having, trouble with the flesh as a result?

Jesus, just prior to going into the wilderness for those 40 days, met His cousin John at the river and asked him to baptize Him.

At first John balked, but soon acquiesced and baptized the Son of God.

As he did, “the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16,17 ESV)

How would you like to face temptation with so much assurance in Whose you are, and what God is doing in you?

Water baptism is a picture of how God works in us. Buried, risen, new life and new power.

Water baptism, a type of circumcision; a cutting away of the old flesh, the old way of living, and making a covenant with a new Lord and Master.

THE Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Though we are to walk by faith and not by sight, we have a mental picture of our flesh being cut away, and the new creation resurrected in its place.

“The old man is dead; long live the new creation!”

Obeying the gospel requires repentance, a declaration from the heart, announcing to Heaven and Hell we have a new Lord and Master, AND our declaration to all those around us that we’re dead to sin, and alive to God!

And though we may not hear God’s audible voice, “This is My beloved son, in whom I’m well pleased”, our spirit is quickened with the same spirit of faith.

How much control did the world, the flesh, or the devil have on Jesus? None. He was able to go about “healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38)”.

And how much power could anyone, the devil included, have over someone who is no longer able to be reached through their senses?

“Impossible”, you say?

Really? Look at Hebrews 5:13,14.

Just how easy would it be to tempt a dead man?

Something happens within the spirit of the child of God who obeys the gospel, and all He has commanded, and gets baptized in water; the believer’s baptism.

Sure, we can choose to ignore anything and everything God does in our life.

I know I have.

But it doesn’t negate the operation of God. 

Paul told Timothy to “stir up the gift that is in you by the laying on of my hands…”. He also told the Romans, “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin.”

No, water baptism does not save us. However, obedience, as a result of faith, does.

Consider this: everything God does in our life has its roots in the spirit realm, though there are things we need to do in the natural to receive it.

Water baptism is an example.

Don’t miss out on what God is doing in your spirit. Don’t just get wet, dry off, and let the devil tell you, “Well, that was a big deal about nothing!”

Reach out, hear your Father say, “This is my beloved child…”. Reckon yourself to be dead to sin, everything paid in full!

Are you a follower of Jesus? Followers of Christ obey their Master.

What will you do?

What are your thoughts?

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