|Are You Ready For Power?|
Do you have the proper power to perform the impossible? According to Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." This not only informs believers that we shall receive power, it is a promise of power which is through the Holy Spirit. The Power that is spoken of is through the fruit of the Holy Spirit, according to Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." This is no ordinary power but from the Greek word Dunamis (doo-nam-is) it is an inherent power; power residing within by virtue of its nature; power to perform miracles; moral power and excellence of soul; simply put, this is the power which yields (divine spiritual ability).
Jerusalem speaks of one's home; Judea, one's community; and Samaria one's neighborhood, (primarily the rough and tough areas) then finally, unto all the world. WOW, notice that the power of God is non-offensive, yet quite an offense. Notice that it is defenseless, yet quite a defense. Imagine if the fruit of the Spirit were to be exercised and exemplified in your home, community, neighborhood, and the entire world. Instead of new laws, rules and regulations; Curfews, more policemen, campaign promises by corrupt politicians; poverty, sympathetic but not empathetic citizens everywhere! The fruit of Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness (Humility), and Temperance (Self-Control) in full effect daily 24, 7.
Well, this power is available, and greater still is within every Christian. The key is that we have to have a made up mind of "Total Trust" in God, coupled with the daily prayer of "want to", in order to truly operate from this position of Power and Privilege. Ask yourself, "Am I Ready For Power?" If you're response is Yes, then all you have to do is operate from the belief that Jesus is the son of God, and God has raised him from the dead, and He is now sitting at the right hand of the Father making daily intercession you, (not a mere mouthy confession but a heart transformation that truly believes) then this power is yours!
So you say you've already done this; well the question remains, "Are You Ready For Power?" To have this power and not operate in it, is likened unto sitting in front of a fully operational Television set with remote control in hand, depressing button after button, and nothing is working. You soon discover that the "power" cord is not plugged into the outlet. Though the power is available to make the set perform as it is intended, nothing will happen without the power flowing through it.
Have you been sitting in front of the Television of Life with remote in hand and trying to do not only the right thing but do the right thing right? Is any "positive" changes taking place? Do you know that your motives are pure and your cause is just, yet still nothing? Well... follow the power cord and see where it leads.
We must not only be ready for the power, but we must be plugged in, and perform as we are intended as believers and members of the body of Jesus Christ. Begin today, with the daily prayer of want to. Lord, I want to be all that you intend for me to be TODAY! Lord, I want to operate from the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through me that I will use the power in my Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and uttermost parts of the earth, doing all that I can do as you give me supernatural ability. Lord, I want to develop character that pleases and glorifies you.
Remember that we must be connected to the "True Vine" as John 15 informs. Remember that you don't have to, nor can you, produce fruit but as a branch, you must bear fruit. Powered by the Holy Spirit you can bear much fruit. It's time to power up and "be" lights set upon a hill where men may see your good works and glorify your father (God) which is in heaven. Our church's Vacation Bible School (VBS) theme for 2001 is, Power Up with JESUS! Isn't it time for all to POWER UP with Jesus?
Go ahead, start today, praying constantly before every prayer the prayer of "want to"; each morning after thanking God for another day's journey, tell the Lord... Father, I pray for the spirit of "want to" in all that I do today. I "want to" POWER Up in Jesus! Are You Ready for POWER?
Let It Marinate
Pastor Jerome A. Rogers, Sr.