The Kingdom Is a Matter of Power

  • 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
  • Acts 8:5-7 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
  • Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.
  • Other references: John 2:7-11 (water into wine), Matthew 14:25-31 (Jesus and then Peter walk on water), Acts 14:19-20 (Paul gets up after being stoned and left for dead), Matthew 8:23-26 (Jesus calms the storm), Acts 12:5-17 (Peter escapes from prison), etc.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power (1 Corinthians 4:20). The kingdom of God is not meant to be a matter of talk. God created what we see by commanding it to be and it was (Genesis chapters 1 and 2). Jesus came and He too demonstrated the power of the Holy Spirit by performing miracles, signs and wonders. The apostles and disciples did the same (Acts 5:12, Acts 19:11-12). Jesus has entrusted us with this responsibility to show His power at work (Mark 16:17-18, Luke 9:1, Matthew 10:1). When we demonstrate God’s power, people will know that Jesus is still alive and well. In Matthew 10:8, the disciples were told to “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.” The same Spirit that enabled Jesus and His disciples is in you.

How to exercise power:
  1. Power comes to God’s children who are totally surrendered, submitted and yielded to Him. If you have only surrendered part of yourself and your life to God, take time to reflect on it and humbly surrender the rest.
  2. Spend time in the Word daily to build your relationship with God, your trust in Him, your knowledge and your faith. You need to know the Word pertaining to your particular situation (i.e. healing, deliverance) before you can do something about it (Hosea 4:6).
  3. Spend time in the presence of the Lord by praising and worshiping Him. In your prayer time, ask God to transform you in the image of His Son. Ask Him what you need to do personally to be used as a vessel of honor for His kingdom. The Holy Spirit will guide you as you seek to serve God even more.
  4. Know who you are in Christ so that you won’t run when the enemy comes like a roaring lion, whispers lies, or when he attempts to sow seeds of doubt, fear or unbelief. You need to understand that you can exercise power and authority as per the Word and it is your responsibility to lay hands on the sick, cast out demons, etc. (John 14:12, Mark 16:17-18). The Holy Spirit is the power and He will give life to your words spoken in faith in the Name of Jesus. People will often need to see miracles to believe. Jesus said that unless they saw signs and wonders, they would never believe (John 4:48). (See topic The Name of Jesus as a Weapon.)
  5. Obey the commands identified in the Word. Additionally, obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. It will always line up with the Word.
  6. Read about the life of Jesus in the Gospels and see how He ministered and performed signs and wonders. Learn from His life. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you.

Call to action:
Get the Word concerning miracles, signs and wonders as well as who you are in Christ into your spirit so that when a situation arises, you will rise up to the challenge.   Meditate on Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”