Hungry for power from God

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Daniel 2:20 “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he alone has all wisdom and power.”

Extra Reading: Daniel 2:1-23.

The Bible teaches that God’s supreme power is manifest in Creation, demonstrated in His redemptive intervention in the history of His people and, most dramatically, displayed in the power of the Cross and subsequent triumph of the Resurrection. The Bible says that only in Jesus is found the power to transform a life for all eternity. Before sinners will be won to the Lord, there must be revival in the hearts of the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We desperately need the filling of the Holy Spirit from on high. Winning men and women to Christ requires supernatural power. Nothing less than the Holy Spirit Himself can convict and regenerate the human heart. The Holy Spirit works through the Word borne by believers. To lure Christians from other churches to our own is not soul-winning. It is sheep-stealing. People should be brought to Jesus Christ and not to a particular brand of the church or the gospel. Writing people’s names on the church’s membership roll is not soul-winning. The conversion of the soul, the transforming of the life is soul-winning. That can only be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. The nature of man must be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Some people think that soul-winning is the building of churches, seminaries and halls. No, it is not true. Priority is given by God to the preaching and teaching of the Word that men may hear, believe, and be saved. We cannot attempt to win souls of men with the weak resources of humanity.

We need the power of God to lead souls to Him. God says, “I have made all things by my great power and an outstretched arm” (Jeremiah 27:5). By the greatness of His power not one star is missing (Isaiah 40:26). Let me say that His eternal power and deity have been clearly seen in what is made (Romans 1:20). The Israelites saw the power of the Lord (Exodus 14:31). We are guarded by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5). His divine power has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1: 3). One thing that is also revealed in the Scriptures is that Christ is the power of God (1 Cor. 1:24). God anointed Jesus with the Spirit and with power (Acts 10:38). Jesus is coming with great power and glory (Matthew 24:30). Christ is a priest by the power of an indestructible life (Hebrew 7:16). God’s power is greater than any army (Psalm 20:6-8). Earthly rulers and authorities have power only because God has allowed them to exercise it temporarily. God’s power is clearly seen in the wonders of creation (Psalm 29). All nations will recognise God’s power (Psalm 86:9). Paul also encourages every preacher to preach God’s Word in the power of God’s Spirit, not with persuasive thoughts and ideas of men (1 Cor. 2:4-5). You and I are given grace and power of Christ (2 Cor. 12:9-10).  Christ wants to reveal His grace and power in you and me. The weaker the vessel, the more Christ is glorified. God has given us the power and strength to withstand any danger we might face in life. The power of Christ will rest upon you through all your infirmities and trials. Allow the power of Christ to be demonstrated and clearly be seen in your life. The power of Christ is much stronger than all the combined forces of mankind.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, make us hungry for power from You. Amen!

Rev. Samuel N. Modise