The late John G. Lake described the power of God as a “tangible substance, and a living quality”. He spoke about how it’s possible for people to feel God’s power as they would an electrical force. He said the power of God is a living force that can be felt and experienced by our natural bodies, as the manifestation of God meeting our needs.
Since the power of God resides in the Person of the Holy Spirit, and 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “... the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” , we know the living force of Holy Ghost power lives inside us too! Remember 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God?...”
I was listening to a message by Kenneth Hagin on the power of God. He said, since God is omnipresent, His power is too. In other words, since the presence of God is everywhere, His power is wherever He is. So, all over the world, wherever we go, the potential to activate God’s supernatural power, is not only possible from inside us, it’s possible all around us too! Psalm 72:19 says the whole earth is filled with His glory! Even the psalmist declares in Psalms 139:7, “Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?” Did you know that the spiritual realm is more real than the natural one we live in? The problem is most Christians are so caught up in the natural things we see and hear and touch with our physical senses, forgetting that we are spiritual beings first and foremost; and everything begins in the spirit realm before it’s manifest in the natural! Can you imagine what will happen when we understand how to activate the power of God that is in us and all around us, in this world?
Now, the Word of God teaches us that the power of God is activated by FAITH! It declares this over and over again. But it’s not faith based on our feelings, it’s faith based on what the Word of God says! No wonder the devil is on an all out attempt to discredit God’s Word, trying to convince God’s children to loose interest in it, making them think it’s not relevant anymore and intolerant of society and the times we live in. That’s so funny, because the only thing God’s Word is intolerant of is the devil, and His lies and schemes to keep people in bondage! Oh, the Word of God is powerful and alive and able to produce that unstoppable, supernatural force of faith inside of every born-again child of God! Why? So we can activate God’s power wherever we go! God’s power is always present to heal, deliver, restore and meet every need of man. But only faith based on God’s Word is able to activate it.
And how does faith do that? When faith is released in our words and our actions, God’s power goes to work! What do I mean by that? Well, just like the wind in the natural, faith and love are real forces that can’t be seen but you can always see the result of them being present. For instance, you know the wind is there when you see the leaves and branches of the trees moving, and you feel it move across your skin or through your hair. Just the same, when faith and love are in operation, you will always see the results they produce in our words and actions.
For instance, you can tell when you are in faith or fear, by the words you speak when you’re facing a challenge. Sarah Pearsons once shared a message about the language of faith. I really do believe faith has a distinct sound and language. It’s called thanksgiving, and it’s usually always spoken as a sacrifice of praise. That’s because faith is a deliberate decision to thank and praise God, when there’s little or no natural evidence to support why we should. When we refuse our minds the luxury of falling into the natural course of doubt and fear, and instead choose to delight ourselves in the Lord, finding our place of safety in what His Word says concerning us, we are exercising true faith. And when we are at that place, the faith in our hearts and minds begins to flood out of our mouths in spontaneous praise and thanksgiving. And that is exactly what activates the power of a God that is in and around us, to go to work and produce exactly what the Word says in our lives.
Another way our words of faith activate the power of God, is when they deliberately line up with God’s Word and never contradict it. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.” Let me paraphrase, “...through faith, we understand that from the invisible spirit realm, not the natural realm we can see, the worlds we see now, were created by the words of faith, that God deliberately spoke, from what He saw in the realm of His Spirit.”
When God spoke creation into being, there was no hesitation involved. He never doubted or wondered if His power to create was going to work or not. He saw it in His Spirit and spoke it into our reality. As a result, that which was not visible became visible. When we question or wonder if it’s God’s will to heal, or deliver or prosper us, we will never activate His power to receive it in our lives. Not because His Word hasn’t promised it, it has! But because we aren’t convinced in our hearts, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it’s true. When we don’t see God’s promises fulfilled in our minds and spirits first, our own words of doubt betray us.
Kenneth Hagin tells a story of a woman who attended one of his services. She came forward for prayer for healing, as she couldn’t walk unassisted and had severe arthritis. When he prayed for her, he could sense she wasn’t receiving anything. It was as though the power of God, which was tangible when he prayed for others, was simply inactive when he prayed for her. After the service, she approached him and told him straight out that she didn’t receive her healing.
She continued to tell him that she knew she wasn’t going to be healed, but just thought she would try it out anyway. She told brother Hagin she really didn’t believe anything would happen. Then, she promptly asked him to pray for her again. At this he told her it would do no good, because even though the power of God was present to heal her, it can only be received through faith.
She looked at him and said, “Yes, I know that now, and I do believe.” He was rather taken aback, but prayed for her anyway. He said he barely even touched her head when he felt the power of God, like a bolt of electricity, flow out of him into her. She fell down under the power of God and, after a while, she got up, and was completely healed. She didn’t need any assistance in walking and the arthritis had completely left her body. Praise the Lord! She came back the next evening, glowing, and eager to testify of what the power of God had done for her.
Now I’ve given you more than enough to meditate on concerning activating the power of God through your words of faith. Words that are filled with thanksgiving and praise in spite of the circumstances around us; and words that never speak contrary to the Word of God, because we speak them from hearts and minds that are convinced they are true; are what activates the power of God in and around us.
Next we I’m going to talk about violent faith that ensures days of heaven on earth and enforces the devil’s defeat in our lives. Until then, become increasingly aware of the power of God being a tangible force not just in you, but around you, ready to be activated by your words of faith!
All my love,