EXPERIENCING THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD (2-part series)
August 26, 2018 | Steve Pixler
God wants YOU to experience his power, his supernatural ability to make things change. Positive, permanent change. God is a miracle-working God, and he wants YOU to experience his miracle-working power.
(2 Chronicles 16:9) — “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support (to show himself strong—KJV) to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”
The power of God starts within us and flows without us.
(Ephesians 3:20, 21) — Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
The power of God is “at work within us.” God placed his power in us when we heard the gospel and believed. As Jesus said,
(Acts 1:8a) — “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you...”
Do you believe? Then you have received the Holy Spirit, and the power of God embedded within the faith of Jesus lies deep within you. You already HAVE the power of God within you!
Yet God never intended for his power to remain hidden within us—he intends for his power to work within us and without us so that the world may witness the mighty power of God. Here’s the rest of what Jesus said about his power within us:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
A witness has an experience and then testifies to what he or she has seen. A witness without an experience is a false witness.
The power of God was meant to be experienced personally and then shared with the world.
Many Christians find it difficult to be a witness to others because they have little confidence in their experience. It’s time for that to change!
FORM OF GODLINESS
Many Christians have externalized the experience of God into dead religious ritual.
(2 Timothy 3:5) — Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
The world needs the mighty power of God. The world needs a church alive with the experience of God’s power. The world needs a church that “with great power [gives] testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33).
FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
The Spirit that we receive when we believe is meant to bubble up like a fountain and flow out like a river. The Bible describes this as “being filled with the Spirit“:
(Acts 2:4): And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
(Acts 4:31): And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
(Ephesians 5:18) — And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.
To “be filled with the Spirit” is when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us for empowered action. It is the same phrase that is often used in the Old Testament: “And the Spirit of the Lord God came upon him…”
(Acts 19:6): And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
HOW DOES THE POWER OF GOD MANIFEST?
- Faith and repentance, a transformed life
- Answered prayers
- Open emotions (this is where deep change takes place)
- Dreams, visions
- Fruit and gifts of the Spirit
- Healing, miracles, signs and wonders
- Evangelism (Acts 1:8; Col. 1:29)
EMPOWERED FOR WITNESS
We witness the power of God personally. We then witness of that power to others. Through our testimony, in both words and action, the world becomes a witness to the power of God.
God called us to manifest the power of God through personal transformation so that the power of God may be experienced by people, places and things around us.
Can you imagine the delight of watching as the power of God increases your influence for good in the world? There is nothing more astounding than the power of God in action.
The normal Christian life is a life of power. God intends to demonstrate his power through you to the world.
Ask God to make his mighty power known. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit.