Topic: YOU HAVE THE LIFE CHANGING POWER
“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (KJV)
Listen to this basic truth about you as a believer. “You have the Life Changing Power of God in Christ Jesus right in you” You don’t need to fast for it, neither do you need to pray for it or sow seed for it, not even a laying of hand or what is needed. Jesus gave you this power at the point of salvation. So stop praying to God to do what He had already done that is one of the reasons we don’t get answer. That is praying wrongly that James was talking about. You only need to know this and begin to exercise yourself in this power for daily victory. John 1:11-12 says about Jesus and us that have believed on him that “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (KJV)
Christianity isn’t about how to achieve your goals or have your best life now. No! Even so many pastors and church pioneers have missed it in this light as well. We take material things to be anointing or evidence of calling. As well it is good for you to know that Christianity isn’t about philosophy. It’s not about talk. But Christianity is about power. Power to obey the word of Christ, power for change of lifestyle, power to love those who are messed up, especially the sinners. Power to wield the sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith to extinguish the devil’s fiery darts. – Ephesians 6:16.
This power I am talking about is ready available to us in the word of Christ. The gospel itself is the very power of God in Christ Jesus for the believers: See it here; for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek – Romans 1:16. The scripture said “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God” – 1 Corinthians 1:24, and 30 says “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”. Wow!
“The gospel is not simply good advice, nor is it good news about God’s power. The gospel Is God’s power to those who believe.” God’s word confirms this: For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4. The prayer of a righteous person have great power as it is working. James 5:16. You can see a lot of people fasting and praying for days looking for the power of God. What a stress that will not yield any progress. Do we believe the word of God? Now that is the power of God?
Every prayer that is not based on God’s word is a defeated prayer and a waste of time, every time you speak not according to the word of Christ you experience no power for change or breakthrough. This is a confirmation that power of God is not in prayers, fasting or seed sowing etc. as we were thought before now. The Power is in the word of Christ you have known, believed and confessed – Jesus said this in many of his messages while on earth that it takes faith to enjoy everything you want in life as regards His own kingdom and this faith comes by hearing the word of Christ – Mathew 9:27-29, Luke 5:17-21, Mark 9:23, 11:22-24, John 15:7 just to mention few of the scriptures to validate that.
No wonder Apostle Paul said let the word of Christ dwell in you richly – Colossians 3:16. Why the emphasis on the word of Christ? Because a lot of people today live by the word of the people or leaders in the Old testament against the word of Christ. That is the greatest evil on earth. Why? They never died for you but Christ did. They will never judge anyone but Christ will do that to all flesh after death. Hebrews 9:27. The good news here is that the believers are not going to be guilty why? We have receive the justification f Christ right from here and it is life eternal. – Romans 5:1
Desire and learn the word of Christ daily to walk in God’s mighty power. The more of Him you know the more of His power that works in your life. Remember, the kingdom of God isn’t talk; it’s power! That was the reason that bro Paul encourages us to study until we are approved – 2 Timothy 2:15. The knowledge of the word of Christ is called the knowledge of the truth – Jesus said you will know the truth and it will set you free and Christ is the truth not the Bible – John 8:32, 14:6. This truth will save you from spiritual stress, struggle, abuse and manipulations from cunning people who are in ministry for gain or those who are full of stayed knowledge of the Old Testament. – Col 2:4, 8 &16-17
I have the right mind of Christ. I am justified by faith and free from judgement. The spirit of the word of God lives in me therefore I will increase in power by the word of Christ daily in Jesus’ name.
I pray that from today henceforth the Power of God through Christ Jesus for all round breakthrough, will manifest in your life daily with testimonies of victories and abundance in Jesus name. Amen
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By Pastor Bakare Stephen