Inspired by a new diabetic drug commercial, I got to thinking of how much power and authority we have in us and how little we make use of it, especially as God has instructed us to do.
A bit on power. Power is not control although without power, there is no control. The Bible uses the word power 156 times in the NT alone (KJV). When I think of power, the following scriptures come to mind:
Matt 10:1, Matt 28:17-18, Luke 10:19, Acts 1:8, Rom 15:13, 1 Cor 1:18, Eph 3:20
Back to the drug.
This new diabetic drug (they claim) doesn’t shoot insulin inside you, rather, it activates the body to use the insulin that already dwells inside the body. Then, my mind goes like this–inactive, waiting to be used, dormant.
Dormant. I remember first being introduced to this word in elementary school, around third grade I think, around the time Mount St. Helen’s popped it’s top. We were studying volcanoes, the teacher telling us about all of the dormant or sleeping volcanoes around the world.
Sleeping. Now my mind travels to a fishing boat drifting in the middle of a sea, where some fisherman were suddenly awakened by a violent storm. Waves crashing, hardly able to see beyond the faces of the others facing death, these men cried out for Jesus. Though they had only hours prior witnessed Jesus miraculously feed 5,000 with a few loaves and two fishes, they scarcely could recall his mercy now in the midst of their anguish. His wonder-working power had escaped their memory in a matter of moments, while they were sleeping.
Funny, although not really, they mistook his figure standing on the shore as a ghost. Indeed, he was the Holy Ghost. The same power they saw standing on the shore, able to silence the storm, is the same power given to those who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost today.
Power. Acts 1:8 records, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you,” and a few verses later (v.17), explains, ” I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”
God has given us the power to overcome, to go, to teach, to baptize.
Still many of us too often seek an injection to activate what’s already in us. A hyped-up service, a powerful evangelist with testimonies of the miraculous, a week of warfare. Yes these are all wonderful and exciting, but we have power now, today, without any need for a separate injection. The power already is in us to do all that God has called us, invited us, commanded us to do.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7)
All we have to do is stir up the gift. As Paul wrote to Timothy in his last letter to his dear friend,
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands (2 Timothy 1:6).
The NIV puts it this way: “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” Other translations use the verb rekindle.
So, I ask myself as I ask you today:
What are you doing to rekindle or fan or stir up the gift that God has already placed in your life, the Holy Ghost (that precious gift promised on the Day of Pentecost, falling first on the 120 and promised to all that afar off, even as many as the Lord thy God shall call)?
- Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
- Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
- Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
- 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.
- Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
- 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
- Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,