Power of God’s Spirit Within Us
Theses truths stuck me in a deeper way this past week … AMAZING.
God’s spirit is more powerful than anything in this world. Jesus Christ, full of that Spirit and not rebelling against it with His will, simply touched people and healed incurable diseases. Luke 8:44-46 He walked on water. Matthew 14:26 He fed thousands from one man’s lunch. Matthew 15:33-38 He raised people from the dead. John 11:43-44 This power raised Him from the dead. Matthew 28:6 It’s a Spirit who has complete authority over every spiritual entity. It has power over the spiritual and physical and it dwells within us. This Spirit is the kingdom of God in us, changing us and our lives. This Spirit and the power it holds is what Jesus taught and gave us access to. He set the example of how that Spirit is manifested, by knowing and being in harmony with God’s will.
Jesus reconciling us back to God, made it possible for the Spirit of God to dwell within us as a part of the divine nature 2 Peter 1:4, thus sons and daughters of God. When we have God’s Spirit, we have that same power that worked in Jesus working in us. Matthew 10:7-8 Ephesians 1:19-20. Meditate on that for a minute – it’s an astounding reality.
God’s spirit dwells in us giving life to all that we are. Romans 8:10-11 Nothing in this world is more powerful; illnesses, situations, spiritual enemies, even death. Mark 16:17-18 This Spirit infuses a power far beyond us into every area of our lives – our work/purpose, relationships, bodies, prayers, everything. John 15:7, Phil 4:13, 4:19. It’s this Spirit that manifests the spiritual gifts as God wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11 It’s this Spirit that manifests the fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22
Power comes from Unity
This Spirit is active and thrives in us when there is unity between us and God as Jesus exemplified. Like all relationships, it takes both parties to come into harmony of will for there to be true unity. If you want to marry someone and he/she doesn’t, there won’t be a marriage. God did His part through Jesus’ life reconciling us back to Him that we may become children of God. Our part is to submit our will to God’s will; to abide in Him and all He is creating unity of wills. God gave us our own will. With a will, we can either submit to God or not as He leads us. For there to be unity and have God’s power at work in our lives, our will needs to be in line with His in all we do. We lack power when we lack unity. But unity isn’t simple. It’s a process, a journey of unlearning and learning, trusting, humility, and letting go. Galatians 2:20 Yet, no journey is more important or has more impact to say the least.
How to Gain Unity
Harmony of wills is the result of seeking God with all our heart, soul, and mind while being grounded in His Word. When we seek in this manner, we gain truth that leads to trust and love, both requirements of the unity God desires. Many people try to gain the power of God outside of seeking His will and submitting to it. Pray and pray to no avail, try to be a good person, earn favor with their works, push their will and try to use God’s power to fulfill it, and/or try to mimic God’s power in their lives. Living in His power is a result of coming together as one in truth and love being rightly united to Him. When you have this unity, the flow of His power is the result. It takes time, patience, and persistence – three things difficult to give especially in a world of instant gratification.
Role of Trials/Afflictions
Setting aside the ego-will that is in rebellion to God’s is often the purpose of our trials/afflictions. Trials/afflictions can point to the fact that our will is in control and not unified to God’s will. 1 Peter 1:6-7. Each one of us has different areas where our will is dominating; areas we know and ones we are blinded to. Only God can reveal and work through those areas so we live in His will. If we seek with a love for the truth and not for our own desires, God uses trials open our eyes. The angst is to get our attention; to get us to seek. If we never learn what those trials are there to teach us, then we remain in the dark. As a result, we remain blinded to His will and continue to hinder the power of His Spirit in us. It’s a HUGE cost to pay for our stubbornness and lack of seeking.
Unity only happens if we seek Him in truth (abiding in His Word), commune with the Holy Spirit being taught by Him, and allow that Word to penetrate our lives and change us. As we seek in truth, His Spirit moves closer, our will starts to align to His, and as a result His power starts manifesting in our lives. Amos 5:4 Apart from God we can do nothing. John 15:5. In Him, we are mighty beyond anything in this world as He wills. Our lives were created to be a channel through which God’s power flows according to His will and good pleasure Phil 2:13
Unity with God that brings the power of God to our lives is the outcome of seeking God with a heart to know Him, having a love for the truth, being grounded in His truth, the Bible, and being taught by the Spirit. Seeking Him comes first, and all else follows. Matthew 6:33
Grasping what the indwelling of God’s Spirit means and what is produces, it becomes apparent that following rules alone creates a religion, not a relationship thus false spirituality. Only being unified to God in truth and love creates the unity God desires. Without love, our acts are in vain and gain us nothing. Authentic Christianity entails our will being in unity with God’s in a bond of love and truth so His power flows in and through us so God’s purposes are fulfilled and He is glorified.
September 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm
The Lord seems to be leading us down a similar path.
I have just finished my study of Luke and have now started in Acts. It was like he had two opportunties to make one point . . . power.
September 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Hi Mike, I love when that happens. It is a powerful truth when really believe it, not just know it.
September 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm
Nice post. We share views to a large extent. We have written somewhat similar on our spiritual blog – http://www.thewritinglabspiritualism.blogspot.com
September 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm
The Writing Lab – thanks for your comment and link to your blog. I look forward to checking it out!
September 9, 2010 at 1:04 am
I am using your blog tonight for my end-of- day devotional. Interestingly I have just come from a Bible study on the the power of the Spirit! God is really trying to hit some things home with me.
The time has come for so many of us to stop looking at the “impossible” and to start doing the “impossible” through the power of the Spirit.
September 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm
Hi Jelillie – there is so much power in our lives when we are rightly related to God.
On the flip side, there is so much out there in Christianity about the power of the Spirit that isn’t of God but of a false doctrine. Power comes when we are truly rightly related to Him and abiding in His will. And when we are anything is possible.
September 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm
Excellent post Rachel.
Following the advice that you pull from the Word and post here is much better than running blindly forward hoping that God will point me in the right direction–because I don’t have time to invest in His teachings or listen.
It really is a daily journey. Thanks for a message to keep me on track.
September 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Hi Slamdunk, glad that you get a lot from my posts – but what you mean about not having time to invest in His teachings/listen? Are you spending time each day with God, just you and Him, in His Word, seeking Him?
September 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm
I’ve read over this post several times since you first posted it. Your thoughts and reminders have been with me over the past week of facing some trials and learning the lessons God has laid out for me. A couple of days after that, a friend sent me a message ending with the prayer “God be with you in a mighty way.” His power is certainly mighty, and I have certainly needed it.
This line is perhaps what struck me the most because it is what is on my mind: “a journey of unlearning and learning, trusting, humility, and letting go.” That verse in Galatians 2:20 – this process of dying to live – is a painful one at times but the most beautiful and rewarding one! I’ve talked about some of these painful but beautiful lessons God is teaching me now in my blog post yesterday. Hope you’ll stop by and read.
Thanks as always for the encouragement and challenges your posts give to me!
September 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm
Hi Ruth – we often feel that dieing to self is a loss, but in reality it is a great gain because what replaces our broken down self is the powerful spirit of God working in and through us. Even though, I agree it still can be tough because we get so focused on the here and now. We have expectations of how things happen and when they don’t we get disappointed. But I’m learning God’s ways and outcomes far exceed mine and it gets easier to let go and trust Him. I look forward to reading your thoughts 🙂
September 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm
God is so good to give us His power to us freely. It still amazes me and at the same time excites me. I am meditating verses Matthew 10:8 and Ephesians 3:20. Amazing grace of God!! Glory to God!