My thoughts of late have been centered upon fulfilling God’s purpose in my life and seeing God’s power in the earth. The word of God says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. That means that the tangible power of God should be evident in the body of Christ. When was the last time you sensed God’s presence at a service or in your home? I asked myself the following questions-Am I in a position to be used as a vessel to heal the sick, set the captives free when I may be bound, preach power yet living in fear? Hmmmmm.
This week I was blessed by a virtual service. The presence of God was manifest! The power of God was evident. I had been struggling with some things, but the power of God set me free during that 5-hour service (yes, 5 hours). When you have a moment, please check out Covered by God with Tiphani on Youtube- You will be blessed. The service began with worship and set the atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move and minister prophetically. Under the leading of the Holy Spirit, the worship leader began to sing, “do surgery on me.” Surgery on me! The Spirit of God was working on me, and I’m sure countless others, as she sang those words. It was personal for everyone in attendance and those who were watching remotely. It’s easy to point out what we think needs to be fixed in others, but our focus should be on ourselves.
The Father wants to use us, but more importantly, He desires to change us! He’s looking for maturity, not perfection. The Father wants us to be led by the spirit and not the flesh. Paul says the following to the Corinthian church, “However, brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but [only] as to worldly people [dominated by human nature], mere infants [in Christ]! I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet able to receive it. Even now, you are still not ready. You are still worldly [controlled by ordinary impulses, the sinful capacity]. For as long as there is jealousy and strife and discord among you, are you not unspiritual, and are you not walking like ordinary men [unchanged by faith].” 1 Corinthian 3:1 AMP. As believers, our practice shouldn’t be to gossip about one another, to spread discord, and then smile in each other’s face and from the same mouth say to one another how much we love them. What type of love is that? I can tell you it’s not 1 Corinthians 13 (agape) love. We must do better. During this service, the woman of God spoke about the spirit of offense being released in the earth to bring division. It’s true. If you speak the truth in love, folks are offended. We’re offended by this; we’re offended by that. We don’t like this; we don’t like that. He/she shouldn’t do this; he/she shouldn’t do that. The word God gave for the body of Christ, and I’m echoing, is “GROW UP.” It’s time for us to put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11). How can we expect to operate in the power and authority of God if we’re so carnal and controlled by the flesh?
In Acts chapter 1, the Holy Spirit through Paul says, “But ye shall receive power (dunamis) after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.” What is power? Merriam-Webster defines power as a) ability to act or produce an effect, b) legal or official authority, capacity, or right. The Greek words for power are dunamis (pronounced doonamis), which means miraculous power, ability, abundance, strength, and exousia, which means authority, especially moral excellence. Today, we’ll focus on dunamis. Luke 9:1 says, “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.” As disciples of Christ, we are supposed to operate in power. Where is our power? Are folks being saved, delivered, encouraged, and pushed closer into their destiny? Where is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit when we gather? Or are we coming together to socialize? There has to be more! I want more of God! I hope my brother my sister that this is your desire too. Let us get ourselves out the way, seek the Father while He may be found, put away childish things, and be the church for real. Let us move in power for real. It’s no point in having a form of godliness, but no power be evident in your life. Let us come up higher! Let us be the church for real!
Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we love you. We ask you to forgive us for our sins. You said in your word in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Forgive us for leaving our first love. We choose this day to put away childish things and walk in obedience to your word. We love you, and we desire more of you. In Jesus’ name, we pray Amen.
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