You don’t take hold of the power of God, but the power of God takes hold of you.
If the Holy Spirit has come upon you, then the power of God is in you. The Lord Jesus promised, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” (Acts 1:8). Pray and live according to this truth.
Power flows through weakness: The greatest rivers flow through the lowest and weakest parts of the land. It is in our weakest parts that He will flow through the most. This is why a proud man is limited to only his own power.
The Holy Spirit flowing in you is through your weakness. The harder you try, the less you have. The more it is about you, the less it is His power through you. The world says be strong, but God says be weak.
The river does not flow towards the tall proud mountains, but to the lowly valleys below. This is why humility is the prerequisite of walking in the power of God.
The Lord Jesus said, “…My strength is made perfect in weakness” and our response should be “…Therefore I take pleasure in [all the lowest and weak parts in my life] for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
It is through the cracks in your brokenness that He pours the strength of His Spirit through you. It is in your weakness that you get out of the way so that He becomes your strength. Not strengthening you, but Him becoming the strength in you.
Power grows by yielding: You cannot force the power of the Holy Spirit from you, because you are not the source. It is only when you surrender in the natural that His supernatural power can flow through you. “…’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts [angelic armies]” (Zechariah 4:6).
Growing spiritually is not something you do, but is you yielding to the Lord for Him to do through you. Jesus came to save you and to give you power. Don’t be a half Christian living the miserable barely-saved life. Simply believe and then receive the power Jesus came to pour into your life.
The Lord Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do…” (John 14:12). The greater works are never because of you, but because of the Holy Spirit in you.
The greater you surrender to Jesus, the greater Jesus will reign in you.
Not by your strength, but by His: The secret to getting stronger is realizing you can’t, then turning to God. He does not give you power, He is the power. Seek you and you get what you deserve. Seek Him and you will gain it all. “God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect” (2 Samuel 22:33).
You cannot be of any use to God so long as you rely upon yourself. He does not need your help, but you need His. Get this right and nothing will be impossible for you. “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’” (Mark 9:23).
To the degree you rely upon yourself, you hinder the power of God in your life. “Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength [but] blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord'” (Jeremiah 17:5,7).
Faith opens the door to power: The reason so few walk in the power of the Holy Spirit is not the scarcity of all that God has, but the scarcity of those willing to live a life surrendered to God. Just as you store precious perfumes in exquisite bottles, so God looks for that soul. Be that soul unto God.
Salvation comes once you kneel beneath the Cross of Christ. Power comes once you climb up on that Cross and crucify your natural man.
Watchman Nee said, “The measure of your life is determined by the measure of your death”. The life is your spirit man, the death is your natural man. The only powerless Christian is the one who refuses to crucify his own flesh.
Belief is a doorway, the wider it is swung open, the greater the flow of the power of God. Show me a powerless saint and I will show you a saint that refuses to believe.
Only unbelievers preach unbelief: The devilish doctrine of disbelief is where a man justifies the lack of God’s power in himself by preaching there is no such power. You cannot accept a truth until you let go of the lie. Either preach a powerful Jesus, or you are preaching a different Jesus.
God can do, the only thing in question is, can you believe. “…If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established” (Isaiah 7:9). Your belief is the limit of God’s power through you.
Smart men argue God’s power has diminished, but God is not impressed by smart men. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Better to be foolishly filled with Holy Spirit power than intellectually full yet powerless. The only man who can argue against the power of the Holy Spirit in you is the one who does not have it.
Unleashing the power of God: “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). The proof of power is power. Many preach on power, the blessed few are daring enough to walk in it.
Can you imagine the power of a Church that simply believed in the power of God? It always starts with but a single soul that has the audacity to believe that the Word of God is actually true. Why don’t you be the one? Dare to believe. Let Him have His way with you.
Blessings to you,
All verses quoted from the NKJV (New King James Version).