GOD GIVEN POWER
The Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders. (Acts 14:3b NLT)
Every Christian should believe that God is powerful. Even unbelievers have a tendency to blame God for bad things that happen. Once again there are terrible storms in the weather and once again there will be those who wonder why God does these things. The Bible tells us clearly that all power belongs to God! When God created the heavens and the earth, His intention was that man would have dominion over it all. But as we know, man handed that power over to the devil. Because of this, Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy and provide a way of restoring power to the one’s whom God intended it in the first place. And that brings us to this.
The power belongs to God and He can do with it what He wants. First He displayed His power working through a man when Jesus walked the earth. Jesus then gave the power to His disciples for them to experience how it worked. Before he left the earth, Jesus told them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. Now in Acts we see once again the confirmation of God’s Word as He gave the disciples power to do miraculous signs and wonders.
So then let me ask a simple question. Are you saved? If you are, you were saved by grace through faith. Now the tuff question, do you believe you have power? Most of us would answer something like, “no I don’t have power. God has all the power. I am just a Christian. Only God knows what God is going to do.” This all sounds humble and lowly and like it gives God honor, but the truth is, it calls God a liar.
This scripture says that God gave them power. Jesus said that all who believed would receive power. So the truth is, every born again believer has God given power. We can either use it for good, or deny it for evil. If we do not use it, then evil prospers. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The power of God is intended to set captives free and bring glory to God. If we refuse to use the power God has given us, then evil can triumph.
If we say we believe in God but we do not believe in His power, then He continues to be blamed for bad things and gets no glory for the good things He could do if we would only operate in the power He has given us. When we serve a mighty God with no power, we only help to increase the number of skeptics. Just look at the power that false religions attribute to what they do. They offer peace and good karma etc. These are all counterfeits of the truth of God’s word. They are a form of what God intended, but they lack the one true God and His power.
While these other folks are claiming lies, much of the Christian world refuses to operate in the truth and under the guise of humility we walk around declaring how powerless God has left us. Jesus is described as meek and lowly, and yet He declared that He was the Son of God and that all power had been given unto Him.
The truth is, God has given us power, and we can know what the good and perfect and acceptable will of God is. Every believer has power from God and He has placed each one of us in the perfect place to release that power and bring Glory to God. God forgive us for failing to use this power that you have given us and show us now how you intend for each of us to bring glory to you.