When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:1-2)
What strange people we Christians can be. We say we believe in a supernatural God Who has broken into this world in a supernatural way (through Jesus) – and yet, when it comes to the supernatural in our own lives, we can get quite nervous. Even churches that claim to believe in the Spirit’s power can get locked in to Him having to do things in the same way as He did them 50 years ago, so that if He does anything different or unusual now, it can’t possibly be the Spirit. How the church has lost the truth that the Spirit is God’s dynamite!
Our word dynamite comes from the Greek word used for the "power" of the Holy Spirit. This power is not about "adding a little extra something" to our human abilities; it is something quite supernatural that lifts people beyond what they themselves could do, so that the glory goes to God alone. Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people often called on His power to show that He alone was the true God. In the New Testament, we continue to see the Spirit’s power. Jesus was anointed with that power at His baptism and then went out "in the power of the Spirit" (Luke 4:14), constantly drawing on it to demonstrate the presence of the Kingdom and the Father’s love. In fact, He frequently challenged those who were well-versed in the Scriptures, but had no understanding of the power of God. In Acts, the same power continued in the life of the church as believers were empowered by the "dynamite" of the Holy Spirit, resulting in powerful prayer, bold witnessing, and many miracles and healings.
God’s heart and promise is still for His people to know His "dynamite" and not to keep Him in the boxes of our humanistic thinking. Ask to know more of His power today.
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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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