Where is the power? In you! Yes, it is good to look to our pastors and teachers of the Word to encourage us and to help us walk in the power God has provided for us as we tackle life’s issues here on earth, but ultimately whether or not God’s power is demonstrated in our lives is up to our own personal walk with Him. God’s power available to us is like an electric current. It is always available through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, but we can short circuit it by failing to give attention to the Word and the voice of God, the Holy Spirit, available and speaking to each one of us.
As we discussed last week, it is important for us to watch and pray and listen. We need to give God our attention. Our power is in the fear of the Lord, fear not as in to be afraid of, but fear as in reverence and honor. We can learn a lesson from Malachi Chapters 3 and 4. Typically, chapter 3 is quoted to point out our responsibility to be tithers, but it is more than that. It begins by letting us know that the Messenger of the Covenant will be coming (Mal. 3:1). He will be a refiner of silver (Mal. 3:2-4). Alas, remember we become refined, more and more like Jesus, the more we sit as His feet and study His ways and His heart in His Word. This chapter goes on to say that the Lord will be quick to testify against evildoers who do not fear Him (Mal. 3:5). Finally, this chapter explains that we rob God not only in failing to bring in the tithe, but by speaking arrogantly against Him, or in other words, by failing to believe in His power to deliver us. We do just that when we take our focus off of God and become carnally minded. Malachi warns against looking at and being moved by the world and judging by what we see instead of recognizing God and His ways and honoring them. Malachi says that we do not revere God when we look at the world and say that evildoers are prospering and getting away with what they are doing (Mal. 3:13-14). By doing that, we are not trusting God to be true to us as His children. We are letting fear enter in. At the end of Malachi 3, the Lord promises to take care of His faithful ones, those who fear and reverence Him. We will be His treasured possession, written in His scroll of remembrance. We will see the distinction between the righteous and those who do not serve God, and God will be our healer and restorer (Mal. 3:16 – 4:3). Now, God was talking to Israel, but His promise is also for us, through the Messenger of the New Covenant, Jesus, and our better Covenant of His grace.
Dear ones, my point in discussing all of this is to caution ourselves to not be carnally minded. Scripture says to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Rom. 8:6). As we studied last week, our job in these end times is to watch and pray, to draw closer to God, to seek Him and Him only, to share His love and wisdom with others, to discern good from evil, to be aware of cunning spirits and stop them at our doorsteps. God has given us everything we need to do this. Our reward is in Him and Him alone. We need to stay focused on the Spirit, to be spiritually minded in every facet of our lives. How do we stay spiritually minded in a world so filled with carnality? Scripture tells us to set our affections on things above and not on the things of this earth (Col. 3:2). Scripture tells us that the Spirit bears us up. That’s what we each need in these times. The more we pray and study the Word, the more easily we hear from the Holy Spirit, God’s Comforter and Teacher. Believe me, when I say all of this, I am speaking first to myself.
Let’s not just listen to what God is telling us to do, but let us also DO what He asks. That is what reference and fear of God are – doing what He asks us to do. In doing that, we give no place to the devil, as Scripture commands, and we close the door to the devil’s schemes in our lives. We need to be watchful, pray, and listen to the promptings of God and respond to them quickly. God must be our number one priority. Then, everything else will fall into place. We are redeemed, and we need to act like we believe it!
When we feel that we have no power in our lives or that things are not changing as we want, let’s not point the finger at God or our pastors or teachers. Let’s look inward at our own walk. Let’s man up, in other words. The power is there, in us. God has deposited His Holy Spirit into each of His children. We have the same power dwelling in us as raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 8:11). There is no lack. The electric current is flowing. We just need to let the river flow by staying totally hooked up to the Source. The Holy Spirit needs our full, undivided attention! God is not a man that He should lie. He has already provided protection, healing, deliverance, joy, His righteousness, His power to us. He has not left us as orphans in any aspect of life! Stay connected to the Vine. It is your very life!
Walk in His Power,