Posts Tagged ‘Power’

Scripture reading: Acts 13:1-12

For every word that God has given you, there is a word that the devil gives to stop it.  Consider why you do not function according to the Word of God as you ought to.  The reason is that the devil always gives a counter word, which disturbs the faith that you should have in the Word of God. 

The Word that God gives you is spirit and life and that spirit and life must come through you to work power and deliverance out there.  Spirit and life!  Power and deliverance!  Every Word of God is powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, bringing down the kingdoms of the devil and the imaginations of man.  This is the power of the Word of God!  If you allow the other word to counteract you, then you have allowed a barrier to stop the Word of God from going through you.  Therefore, your first weapon is “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ref. Ephesians 6:17). 

Let me tell you a little story.  Gideon went out to fight the Midianites, because God told him, “You are a mighty man of valor—you can do it” (Judges 6:12).  Gideon did not believe he was any man of valor (his knees were knocking), but God said, “…thou mighty man of valor.”  So he went and called up all his men.  Thirty thousand men came to follow him and yet, he was so afraid.  Remember now, God gives you a word (“Go out and fight!”), but the devil brings fear upon you so that you are so afraid that God has to give you another word just to bolster you. 

We see this when God sent Gideon down to listen to what the Midianites were saying (Judges 7:9-15).  God gave one of the Midianites a dream and Gideon overheard the man telling another man his dream of how this little barley cake rolled down off the hill and smashed their tent.  When he heard that, another man said, “You know who that barley cake is?  It is Gideon.  It is that Gideon!” 

In other words, God had to set a trap to make Gideon believe.  Brethren, if you do not believe God, who are you going to believe?  If you believe God, no power on earth can stop you—because faith creates the spirit of power! 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  When you feel the faith of God, it lifts you off the floor; it energizes your body and your soul; and you know you have won.  It is the amount of God’s energy and power that you will allow to flow through you.  The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” 

It is saying, “Forgive one another…for Christ’s sake.”  Why does it say,  “…for Christ’s sake?”  It is because Christ cannot move through you if you have unforgiveness in you.  Unforgiveness blocks the flow of the power of Christ. 

In Luke 8, the woman came and grabbed the hem of Jesus’ garment.  He said, “Hey!  Energy came out of Me.”  Yes!  He said, “I feel virtue (“dunamis” in the Greek; power) drawn out of Me.”  Do you understand?  We are talking about the raw power of God.  It can only work through you if your passages are clean.  Without this, you can speak the Word of God from now until next year at this time and not a straw will move!  It says in Acts 19 that the sons of Sceva tried to help a man who needed deliverance.  They said, “In the Name of Jesus I rebuke you.”  It says that the demons jumped on them, tore them, and they fled naked.  Paul said, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus,” and it says in Acts 13:11 that the sorcerer Elymas went blind “immediately.”  The deaf heard!  The sick were healed!  Immediately!  It was because Paul had kept his gun clean. 

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 10-13)

Thought for today: Do not listen to the word that the devil brings you. Believe the Word that God has spoken to you so that you can function in God as you ought to.

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Scripture reading: Mark 5:1-15

The first weapon of our warfare is the WORD.  Jesus Christ said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!”  (John 6:63b).

You speak a spirit into life.  In Mark 5:8 Jesus said, “Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.”  A Spirit came out from Jesus and drove the devil out of the man.  It says that the man was “…clothed, and in his right mind” (verse 15).  If Jesus did not have the necessary force in Him to issue this power out of him, then nothing would happen; but when He spoke the Word, the Word came with force of Spirit—Spirit force!  Spirit was created, came out and did the job!  Now what gave Jesus that power?  The power came from the Father.  The power came through the Father, through Jesus’ spirit, through His soul, and through His body.

I always liked to go out hunting, but I could never shoot the poor little birds.  I would go out with the gun and catch myself just admiring the birds and not shooting.  One day, I made up my mind that I was going to shoot this time, because I just couldn’t go home without getting something.  So I saw some doves and crept on my belly with the gun.  Then I made my aim.  When I fired, the gun went, “Psshh!” just a big puff of smoke.  The bird looked at me and took off.

What do you think happened?  You can see that I never learned to crawl with a gun.  While crawling, I got the muzzle full of dirt and when I fired it just went, “Psshh!”  Some of our muzzles are full of dirt.  This is why we cannot shoot the enemy!  The hindrance is in the soul!  Oh God, help us!

If you have something against someone, it is a hindrance to your soul!  Wife and husband, try your best not to go to bed with anything against each other.  You must clear up anything that is wrong.  If you have a thought that is not right on the level, then get it cleared up.  You thought your wife tricked you; you thought she said something that was not right.  Get it cleared up before you go to bed!  If you don’t, your muzzle will be full of dirt.  You will not be able to fight.

God wants your word to be so powerful that the energy that comes out of you will break the backs of the enemies!  Because of this, the first thing the devil does is to try to get one brother against another, or one sister against another.  Somebody says something; they did not mean anything harmful, but it was repeated to that one, and it got over to that one, and it got bigger, and bigger, and bigger—until a mountain comes between you!  Brethren, let us get wise!  Matured people do not allow it.  If you hear that your brother said something against you, then ask him, “Why did you say so and so against me?  I heard that you said so and so.”  He replies, “Who told you that?”  “Oh, it was John that told me.”  Do you know what that does if you tell him who told you?  Nobody is going to tell you anything anymore unless they want you to fix it, because you are not going to hide them.  By going to the one who you heard has spoken against you, you will keep yourself clean!  Whether the other person wants to have something against you or not, you clear yourself!  “I have nothing against you.  I have no bad feelings.  I never said a wrong thought against you,” or “I did say one wrong thought against you, for which I am sorry.”

Have you ever heard about something we call “The trap of fools”?  Let me tell you about this trap of fools.  It goes like this: I come to you and say, “Brother, that brother said that you have a bald head,” and you say, “But how could that brother say I have a bald head?  Look at his head!  Doesn’t he know that in a few years’ time he will be bald like I am?”  Then I leave you, go to the other brother and say, “Hey buddy, watch that brother over there.  He said that you are soon going to be bald.”

Now the brother does not know what caused you to say that and he says, “But why should he say that?  Look at him!  Look at him!”  So he gets mad over you and really upset and then he says something against you!  The person comes back and says, “Brother, Pete is against you.  Watch yourself with Pete because Pete said that you cannot even walk straight,” and so on.

This is the work of a demon, but some people do it!  Some people do the work of demons.  This is called “The trap of fools.”  The first thing when something like this happens to you it to obey the Word of God and go to the brother, and say, “Why did you say that I would soon be bald?”  Then, when he explains it to you and you realize why it was said, forgive the brother and stop the trap of fools.  It is a trap that is set for anybody who is naive!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, January 1997, pg. 9-10)

Thought for today: Let us be wise and follow the ordinances of the Word of God so that we do not fall into the trap of fools but keep our gun clean.

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