Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Power Outage"

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8
The night before last we had a terrible storm. A loud boom woke me up. I discovered that I did not have any electricity-- apparently, lightening had struck a transformer. My power did not come back on until later the next morning. Since I had no electricity in the house, I was not able to send out the Coffee Break devotional because my computer runs on electricity. As with all electronics there has to be a power source in order for them to be effective and accomplish the purpose for which they were invented. There is a spiritual application to this as well.
As born again Christians, we have a God-given, God-called purpose and commission. We are to influence our world for Christ. We can only do this effectively through the power of the Holy Spirit. But if that power has been "turned off" or is "weak", we can't be effective or accomplish God's purpose for us. 
God's power is not weak or limited. He is All-Powerful. But the flow of His power through us can be hindered by us. Sin in our lives will hinder the flow and even stop it. Lack of spiritual disciplines- reading God's word, spending time in prayer and communion with Him-- self-centeredness, selfishness, pursuit of fleshly desires, etc will also hinder the flow of God's power in our lives. 
The power of God freely flowing through our lives does two things. First, it gives us personal victory over the enemy. It gives us power to resist the temptations when they come. Second, it gives us power to be bold witnesses proclaiming the message of God's saving grace and love. It gives us the power of the anointing to set captives free, open prison doors to those who are bond, tread on the enemy, and do the mighty works and miracles that confirm the Word once it is spoken. It gives us the power to fulfill the commission to be witnesses and do the greater works that Jesus said we were to do.
Are you feeling "powerless" in your personal walk? Are you feeling powerless over the enemy? Are you feeling that you have no power to witness? Does your life lack the power to do the works that Jesus did? Just as there is always a power source, there is always a source of powerlessness. Start tracing your "spiritual wires" and find out what it is? Is it a lack of spiritual disciple, a besetting sin, unforgiveness? When the blown transformer was fixed, the power at my house came back on. Once you deal with the source of your powerlessness, the spiritual power will begin to flow again in your life. 
Have a great day. If you are powerless spiritually, trace your life to find the source of the problem. 
For further reading:
John 14:12
Luke 10:19
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