By Marni Montanez
New King James Version (NKJV)
8. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
The power that Luke is speaking about in this verse comes from the Greek word “Dunamis”.
Dunamis means strength or power.
This is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead; it is the same power that came upon Mary when she got pregnant with the Son of God. Jesus had this power on earth when He healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons. There is only one power: God's power and we possess this same power because we have the same Holy Spirit within us. The issue is not do we have it, but rather are we using it? Do we minister in the same power and anointing Jesus moved in while He was on earth?
Usually the raising of the dead or healing blind eyes is happening in third world countries. These are the people who will walk a day’s journey to sit in a hot building that is not air conditioned in over a 100 degree weather; who don’t have comfortable chairs to sit on and yet they will raise their hands praising God or listen to the message for hours unconcerned with their personal comfort. This is all because their focus is on the right thing, their focus is on Jesus. They see things that we desire to see but probably never will. Why?
So why isn't the church walking in God’s power?
Why did Jesus say “those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father”? Did He really expect for His church, his bride to walk in the same authority He did on earth? Yes, He did. Jesus didn’t make empty statements. He expected it because this power does not come from us. It comes from the Holy Spirit living in us and He knows what the Holy Spirit can do. But even with all His power He will not force us to participate in His work. It is so simple too. Just surrender ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to change us and direct us. He wants to partner with us. If only we would allowed the Holy Spirit to do what He wanted to do in and through us. It is our own fears and control issues that hinder miracles from taking place. It is our unbelief and it is in our words of doubt and fear that come from our own mouth and it’s in our own attitudes that prevent us from being submitted to His will stopping any miracles from taking place. We have the POWER of God in us!!! That is remarkable!
My challenge to you is stand in a position of surrender and submission and pray this:
God, do everything you need to do in me, so that you can do everything you want to do through me.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.