Standing in the Power of God
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 -
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
There are many in this world who call themselves Men / Women of God.
Are they all Men / Women of the God? If not, how can one discern them?
Paul says in today's message that like himself you can identify a Man of God not from the nice words he speaks, nor by the knowledge he holds or I will add even by his hard work. The only way one can be identified as a Person of God by the working of the Power of God working in and through that person.
Does that mean only those who do miracles and healings are Men / Women of God?
From the time I started growing in the Lord I kept an eye on my spiritual growth. In the start when I was moving around (learning) with a ministry I was very encouraged by the many healings and miracles which the Lord did through me. But then as I started getting into the calling which the Lord called me into, I have to take the back seat and spend less time on the field and more time studying and writing. There were times I would think is the Spirit of the Lord still working in me?
During these times the Lord would show Himself in me by the great revelations which I knew from no other man, the Lord would reveal these to me. By His Spirit He would reveal to me such great and wonderful things which would overwhelm me by His Power working me.
That does not mean healings and miracles do not happen through me. For being blessed with some level with the Spirit of Knowledge and Wisdom I do not jump into prayer for each and every person around me or in my touch who is going through problems. To speak of it I too am going through problems in some areas of my life even though I see the great working of the Lord in me.
We need to discern problems or situations which the Lord initiates so that we overcome our flesh and those which Satan tries to advantage of, due our weakness in the flesh. Like in the case of Paul while writing this very letter he was going through the worst situation in his life. He was overcoming a problem area within himself which nearly bought him to his death bed. He begged of the Lord many times to help him but the Lord wanted Paul to overcome that weakness in him by His grace.
Let me share another case which happened a few days back. I was part of an outreach organized by a house Church for the very first time. Since a long time they were reaching out to people around the world to pray for this event and were prophesying great things for this event.
Since I could not feel in me the fire in this event I prayed and ask the Lord about the role I should take in this even. I was given two messages; one was to do my part of spreading the Good News by being a part of this event and the second message was a surgical insight of the event. In the second message the Lord told me that He would not do any great wonders at this event for the main person of this event had a serious problem and the Lord wanted to work in that area before manifesting His Power in her like He wants to do.
It was not that there were not healings or miracles at that event. We saw a limited crowd (not as expected) and there were 4 to 5 healings and wonders which did happen right there itself.
This person who was leading the event has a high calling on her, but due to her problem area and the grace of God on her, the Power of God is working in limits. For I know of another person with a similar calling and similar problem but the Lord allowed to manifest His Power in her and today she has a great name and fame but lost from the Word. The Lord is letting her increase in fame and height do that the Lord can make an example of her due to her hardness of her heart.
Manifesting of Power does not mean only healings or miracle but changing of people. What is the use of healings if the person goes back into the worldly ways again? Can we count them as a part of our harvest?
Thus true Power of God is when people around you, given unto you grow and become vessels for the Lord. It may take time but by perseverance and persistence efforts the fruits will be seen.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You came as son of man and showed us the way to do our work in You. Lord, You gave us your Spirit Who works and manifests your Power in us. Holy Spirit, work in and through your people and let more and more stand out from the crowd as your Anointed Ones. Let those who are out to deceive be plugged out and made an example. Let your Power be manifested in your Church...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Corinthians 2:6-11
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
2 Corinthians 12:6-10
6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.
9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.
12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause.
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