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Video Of The Month - Discover The Will Of God For Your Life

Matthew 7:21(KJV) - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Do God's Will or stay out of His Kingdom! That's what Jesus said. What's the Will of God for your life? If you don't know, you probably are not doing it. Follow the Biblical steps in this message and get to work while you still have time. God has some rewards waiting for you in heaven.

This is Part Two of a three part series. For Part One, "The Anatomy Of The Body Of Christ" you can click here.

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The Power Of A Word From God

The Power Of A Word From God

James 1:22(KJV) - But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

The answer to your prayer is wrapped up in a set of instructions. If you follow those instructions you will receive exactly what you've been praying for. - Apostle Emanuel Vivian Duncan

When you receive a Word from God you have to do what it says you need to do first, then you can expect to see what it says God will do for you.

Welcome to Part 12 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue our study of the third dimension of God's power; Exousia which means "the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege), the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)." Click here for Part 11, "Exousia - The Authority Of God"

Today's blog is another excerpt from the book, "The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven" available right here at The Cracked Door.

Limited Results Due to Limited Obedience

2 Kings 13:14-19 - Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the Lord's deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

King Joash was given a simple instruction by the prophet Elisha to hit the ground with his arrows. It was quite an unusual request but he obliged. He had no idea what the prophet was doing so he didn’t have much enthusiasm in his obedience. For that reason, he limited the miraculous ability of God to bring him victory over the Syrians. This is a perfect example of the problem with many naturally brilliant Christians in the Western Church. Many of us won’t completely disobey God’s Word but that doesn’t mean we’ll enthusiastically obey it with all of our hearts.

There is a new brand of religious Christianity that no longer demands total devotion to the Word of God. It’s alright to obey God in some areas and disregard Him in others. As long as the commandment is convenient, the average Western Christian is willing to obey. The problem only arises when God’s Word forces an individual out of his comfort zone. A lack of passion for God has resulted in a nonchalant group of fruitless people pretending to operate in the power of God.

How many times have you received instructions and didn’t follow them earnestly? The Bible says to pray without ceasing but how much prayer time do you really get in a week? The Bible says to give and it will come back to you so how much do you give? The Bible says to forsake not the assembling of yourselves together but do you care if you regularly miss church? The Bible says to flee fornication but how many people grow up in church and don’t keep their virginity until marriage. The Bible says that wine is a mocker but some Christian people are reading this book right now with a glass of wine in their hands.

Revelation 3:14-22 - And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

The Power Of A Word From God

Jesus knew that the day would come when certain groups within the church community would lose their passion. He also knew that when that day came, the possibility of miracles would decrease. You can’t straddle the fence and experience the fullness of God. You’re either in God’s Kingdom or you’re out. When Christian people get complacent they undo what God has done for them. Accordingly, the assumption of wealth and security turns into despair once God’s grace is lifted.

The Western Church is famous for talking about power. We know what the Bible says and can claim it for our lives but unless we are willing to pay the price of dedication to God’s Kingdom we’ll remain powerless. Something changes in a ministry when people become passionate about God. What once seemed difficult becomes easy. Where there once were obstacles, the favor of God becomes prevalent. The impossible becomes possible where God locates total obedience.

2 Kings 4:1-7 - Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

Elisha told the woman to borrow as many vessels as possible, close the door and fill them with oil. The point I want to make is that the miracle extended to the number of available vessels. As long as there were vessels available, there was a miracle to fill them. Accordingly, if King Joash in 2 Kings 13 had any idea of this miracle he would have known the importance of enthusiastic obedience. As many times as he would have hit the ground with arrows in obedience to the prophet, God would have shown him favor.

The woman could have borrowed two vessels and God would have given her a miracle fit for two. She could have borrowed fifty vessels and her miracle would have been fit for fifty. The oil only stopped when the capacity to receive it was exhausted. Now relate that to your own life. If God says He will increase your life in a particular area, how have you set up the infrastructure to receive it? Do you know that even if He does more than you can handle, you can only benefit from what you can handle?

The possible miracles in your life end when you can’t receive any more. God loves you enough to know when to stop doing something that could possibly destroy your life. Your inability to handle money limits God’s ability to give more to you. Your inability to handle relationships limits the people God can bring into your life. Your inability to be an effective leader puts a glass ceiling over your own advancement. Your need for character development can slow down the time of your progress. It’s not God holding you back from anything, it’s your inability to receive.

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Exousia - The Authority Of God

Exousia - The Authority Of God

Mark 1:21-22(NKJV) - Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

People know authority when they see it. Jesus didn't force anyone to listen to Him. People followed Him because they chose to. He inspired them with His words. They looked at Him then they looked at the scribes. They listened to Him then they listened to the scribes. There was no comparison. Goodbye scribes. Hello Jesus!

My father once taught me that a man with true authority doesn't always have to be the loudest. He doesn't always have to be the most qualified or even the most charismatic. He doesn't always have to intentionally draw attention to himself. He doesn't always have to force people to respect him. If he understands his authority his demeanor will show it. He will exude authority just by the way he carries himself and people will have no choice but to take notice. When he decides to speak, people will listen not because they have to but they want to.

Matthew 28:18(NKJV) - And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Jesus has ultimate authority and gives it to whomever He pleases. Have you ever seen someone in a higher position intimidated by a subordinate? How is that possible? I was taught that there are two types of people in authority. There are those who have positions and those who have influence. If a man without any influence has a position he has to exert his authority and demand that people follow him. If that man ever loses his position or people no longer report to him, he loses his authority because he has no influence of his own.

In contrast, people choose to follow a man with influence whether or not he has a position. He doesn't have to assert himself and demand anything. People just follow because they are inspired to follow. Therefore, if a man without a position has more influence than the man in the high position, it's easy for the higher ranking man to become intimidated. The scribes had positions of power but Jesus had influence. What do you have?

Welcome to Part 11 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue our study of the third dimension of God's power; Exousia which means "the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege), the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)." Click here for Part 10, "Why No Respect For God-Appointed Leadership?"

Exousia - The Authority Of God

Have you ever played the game "Rock, Paper, Scissors"? It's very simple. You count to three and then each person simultaneously makes one of the three hand signals. Depending on the combination of signals, one person can defeat another. One.. two... three... Paper covers rock. Rock crushes scissors. Scissors cuts paper.

Luke 10:19(KJV) - Behold, I give unto you power (Exousia) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (Dynamis) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

This verse deals with two types of power; Exousia and Dynamis. Exousia represents authority while Dynamis represents ability. One... two.....three... Exousia treads on Dynamis. That's right, authority trumps ability every time. Regardless of the ability of the enemy to disrupt things on the earth, his ability is no match for the authority of God.

Here's an illustration. Let's consider the relationship between a mother and a son. As a baby, the boy is helpless and depends solely on his parents for survival. At this stage, his ability is nothing. The mother has Dynamis power that the baby does not. Therefore, the baby has no option but to respect his mother. As a toddler, the son is still physically weaker than his mother. Therefore, the mother can exert Dynamis power over her son ensuring submission and respect.

However, things begin to change as he becomes an adolescent and grows into an adult. No longer can his mother physically dominate him because his Dynamis power will match and eventually surpass that of his mother. Hence, if the only power the mother had over her son was Dynamis he will no longer choose to respect her. However, if she has Exousia power it would not matter who is physically stronger. Her authority will trump his physical strength and he will have no choice but to respect her. As a result, Exousia will always tread on Dynamis.

Mark 3:14-15(NLT) - Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons.

How do you cast out demons? Do you overpower them? I think not. I've seen little demon possessed women operate in supernatural strength. On one occasion, standing only 4 ft tall, it took about five grown men to restrain one woman full of demons. This is not a game. Demon possessed people have been known to physically fly across rooms. They can pick up heavy objects and throw them. So please tell me, why will a demon listen to any of us? Are they scared of our strength? Nope! Yet, when we stand in the name of Jesus, we can cast them out. They may not respect our strength but they have to respect our authority.

Exousia - The Authority Of God

Acts 19:13-16(NKJV) - Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

One man overpowered seven men. Impossible! Maybe two men, but seven? Obviously, those demons had some serious power. Without the authority of the name of Jesus we have no chance against the devil. As these brothers found out, if you go toe to toe with evil spirits in your own strength you will end up getting a serious "beat down". If you have no authority, you have no chance.

Many people underestimate the forces of darkness because the people in The Bible made it look easy. As the saying goes, it's much easier said than done. If you want to learn more about the name of Jesus, you can review some earlier articles in this series. Feel free to read Part 4, "The Power Of The Name Of Jesus" and Part 5, "What Can The Name Of Jesus Do For You?"

Jude 1:8-9(NLT) - In the same way, these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings. But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.)

Everyone might not get it yet but even the angels understand authority. Michael, the archangel of war, with all of his strength was careful not to address the devil without the authority of The Lord to back him up. Michael knew the power of the devil because at one point they were both archangels in heaven.

However, even though Lucifer got kicked out of heaven for leading a revolt against God he was still quite powerful. Especially after he deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Even and took their authority over the earth. Michael knew better than to try to use his Dynamis to fight the devil's Dynamis. He knew who he was up against and understood that only God's Exousia power could defeat the enemy's Dynamis power. The same will work for you.

We'll continue from here tomorrow.

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Why No Respect For God-Appointed Leadership?

Why No Respect For God-Given Authority?

Why No Respect for God-Appointed Leadership?

Democracy in Western civilization is definitely the Government of choice. It allows each individual to have equal importance because it’s a system of one man to one vote. As a result, if done properly, it has all the checks and balances necessary to keep leadership accountable and responsible.

However, accompanying the freedom of democracy is a relative disregard for authority and a general lack of respect for the positions held by leadership in society. People look at leaders like they look at themselves and find it difficult to hold their “equals” in high esteem.

Therefore, it is widely accepted for citizens to publicly ridicule democratically elected Government officials including Prime Ministers and Presidents. Unfortunately, this same critical attitude has entered the Body of Christ. With absolutely no regard for the anointing, church members are quick to assess Christian leaders on the same level as themselves.

Welcome to Part 10 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we begin our study of the third dimension of God's power; Exousia which means "the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege), the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)." Click here for Part 9, "Impossible Is Nothing For God"

Today's blog is an introduction to this study on authority. It is an excerpt from the book, "The Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven" which is available here at The Cracked Door.

Ephesians 4:11-13 - And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Why are we surprised that people don’t see results when these men of God pray for them? We don’t even respect them! We talk about them behind their backs and rip their names to shreds because of jealousy but we expect to see them perform miracles? We’re quick to gossip if the pastor gets a new car or buys a new house but we think the anointing on their lives is available at our convenience.

We want to judge an evangelist for purchasing an airplane or a Mercedes Benz because we think our contributions to a Christian ministry are identical to taxes in a democracy. Then at the same time we expect him to do what even Jesus could not do. We criticize a prophet for delivering a Word from God that did not come to pass exactly the way he said it. We question anyone who claims to hear from God and never give the person a fair chance. Don’t you think our attitude of contempt toward God-appointed leadership contributes to their ineffectiveness in ministry?

Mark 6:2-6(KJV) - And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Like I said before, unbelief is more powerful than all the powers of hell. I know the average Christian thinks that Jesus was unstoppable. We assume that He performed miracles anytime He felt like it. Well, guess what? Demons could not stop Jesus! Death could not stop Jesus! The religious officials could not stop Jesus! However, His own unbelieving, critical people put a freeze on His miracle working power. They had no respect for Him because they were overly familiar with Him. Isn’t that the same problem in the Western church?

People see the men of God all the time. We run into them at the mall. Our children go to school with their children. We went to college with them. We know what they were like before they accepted the call to ministry. In fact, we know what they act like after they accept the call to ministry. So, all of a sudden, we determine in our own minds whether or not they are truly anointed. We think we know who qualifies to operate in the power of God and who does not. Therefore, we think that there is nothing that the man of God can do that we can’t do ourselves.

As a result, many of us do things as we see fit until everything fails then we run to a man of God for help. Do you really think these men can do what even Jesus could not do? His hands were tied because the people from His hometown had no respect for Him or the anointing on His life. That explains why some of these same men can jump on a plane and travel to another side of the world and see great miracles. People from other countries respect some of the most maligned ministers in our Western democracies. These same men we insult and disrespect with our words are revered by other people who don’t even know them.

Why No Respect For God-Appointed Leadership?

2 Chronicles 2:20 - And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2 Timothy 3:16&17 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The scriptures have been given to us by God for our perfection just like ministry leadership. We should all agree that any attempt at Christianity outside of the Word of God is worthless. Therefore, we should stick with the Word of God. So if all scripture is given for our perfection then we should understand the need to respect spiritual authority according to 2 Chronicles 2:20. Stop pointing your finger at a minister because signs and wonders don’t follow him. They really can’t follow him because too many of us are crowding the space talking behind his back.

Acts 2:40-43(KJV) - And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

Let us honor the men of God assigned to lead us into perfection according to Ephesians 4:11-13. We can’t see great miracles like the early church until we respect our leaders the way they respected the Apostles. God knows why He chooses to speak to His people through certain people and as long as what we hear comes from the Word of God we need to listen. The attitude of an individual determines whether or not anything can be done by God in his life.

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Impossible Is Nothing For God

Impossible Is Nothing For God

Jeremiah 32:27(KJV) - Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

That's impossible! It just cannot be done! No way is that going to happen! Says who? Huh? Says who? By what standard do we define possibility? Is it based on our human understanding, five physical human senses or our limited human experience? It's alright to think like that if we're limited to the natural realm but what about the God factor?

What can't God do? What power is too strong for His omnipotence? What problem is too complex for His omniscience? Where exactly are His limitations? Who defines His boundaries? Which box can successfully hold Him inside? Who can stop Him from doing anything He chooses to do? Any answers? I think not! Impossible is nothing for God.

Welcome to Part 9 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue with the second dimension of God's power; Dynatos which means "strong in soul, to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience, strong in Christian virtue as well as to be able (to do something) mighty, excelling in something and having power for something." Click here for Part 8, "The Power Of God For Self-Control"

Matthew 19:26(KJV) - But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible (Dynatos).

This is our third look at the word Dynatos. Each time, we've dealt with a different perspective of this dimension of God's power. The first time we studied "Dynatos" we focused on its ability to help us face life's trials and we followed that up with the inner strength it provides for self-control. Today, we'll study how Dynatos provides access to the impossible.

When people run out of options that doesn't mean no options exist it just means that the human options have been exhausted. That's the perfect time to call on The Lord. As one prominent pastor says, "God specializes in the impossible." Therefore, take all of your impossible situations and give them to Him. He knows exactly what to do. In Matthew 19:26; The Bible translates the word "Dynatos" into the word "possible". Therefore, the Dynatos Power of God is available to make the impossible, possible.

Impossible Is Nothing For God

Mark 9:23(NKJV) - Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible (Dynatos) to him who believes.”

Now, we introduce another aspect of walking in the realm of the impossible. Believe God! If you can believe God you can do the impossible. Who said that? Jesus! Think about it. God specializes in the impossible so if I connect with Him through faith I also can do the impossible. The limitations that are placed on my life by my humanity mean nothing to God and should also, henceforth mean nothing to me. I just have to believe God and His Dynatos power will be released in my life! My faith is the plug that connects me to the power source.

Nothing stays the same when you start thinking like that. Now, instead of focusing on what you can or cannot do you can focus on God's Will. If God wants something to happen it is going to happen. All you need to care about is whether or not what you intend to do is within God's Will for your life. If it is, then He has the power to make it happen regardless of what's humanly possible. It's this aspect of Dynatos which directly connects it to the miracle working Dynamis Power of God.

Acts 2:23-24(NKJV) - Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible (Dynatos) that He should be held by it.

Here's another example of the Dynatos Power of God. It was impossible for death to hold Jesus. He is the source of life. Therefore, based on the Dynatos power available to Him, He rose from the grave. That's right. Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose from the dead. That's impossible by human standards but is nothing for God. Therefore, it's a perfect example of the unlimited possibilities available when God's power is involved.

In conclusion, what challenges await you today? What odds are stacked against you? What must be done in your life but seems impossible right now? Maybe your problems are so complex the solution is outside the realm of your human understanding. Maybe your need is so great that it's just impossible for you to make it without a miracle. That's not a big deal for God. In fact, He has a question for you.

Jeremiah 32:27(KJV) - Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

If you can believe God you can access the impossible. Impossible is nothing for God!

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The Power Of God For Self-Control

The Power Of God For Self-Control

Proverbs 25:28(NLT) - A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

Your heart's racing. Your thoughts are all over the place. You start to sweat. Your first is clenched. It's only a matter of time before you go off. Oh someone thinks it's a game, huh? Well, you're about to shut it down because you are not playing. It's time to teach someone a lesson that will never be forgotten.

Have you ever been so close to the edge that you could visualize yourself going over? Ever had someone keep pushing your buttons until you felt like you were about to explode? You just knew you were going to do something you would regret forever. Then you didn't. You held your peace. You operated in self-control.

Welcome to Part 8 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue with the second dimension of God's power; Dynatos which means "strong in soul, to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience as well as strong in Christian virtue." Click here for Part 7, "Dynatos - Inner Strength To Face The Trials Of Life"

James 3:1-5(NKJV) - My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able (Dynatos) also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

Today, we'll unlock another important dimension of Dynatos. Yesterday, our focus was on how it provides the inner strength to face the trials of life. When your back is against a wall and you don't know how you're going to make it, God provides Dynatos power to help you through. Yet, there's more to Dynatos than just that. Today we'll discover the supernatural power available for self-control.

What better scripture to start with than one about controlling your tongue. It's regarded as the most important part of your body to control because of the type of power it yields. As Apostle James said, if you can control your tongue you can control your whole body. So true, isn't it? It's so easy to say the wrong thing because it doesn't take much effort. It's so small yet so crucial.

Have you ever met someone who just says anything that comes to mind? What's even worse is if the person is unapologetic even when clearly wrong. He/ she may be totally inappropriate, rude, offensive or insensitive but thinks it's just fine because at least it's the truth. Yes, it's the truth but God never intended the truth to be used as a weapon to hurt people.

Ephesians 4:14-16(KJV) - That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Lord, I need your Dynatos power to always speak the truth in love. Believe me, there's a big difference between loving to speak the truth and speaking the truth in love. I struggle mightily in this area because speaking is my gift. Sometimes I run into situations where I really want to "share" it in a special way with some people. 🙂

Nonetheless, I'm getting better each day. I walk around with a wristband that says, "Ephesians 4:15 - Real Talk." In fact, I have it on right now. I constantly have to remind myself that speaking the truth alone is not enough. I need to speak it in love and from a heart of love. God already knows the truth so He judges based on the heart.

The Power Of God For Self-Control

Luke 6:45(KJV) - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

If you ever find yourself saying venomous words that cut and wound people you have a problem. You need to check your heart because that's where those words are coming from. A person with messed-up words is a person with a messed-up heart. As the saying goes; "hurt people hurt people." Anyone can make a mistake but evil people don't own up to them. Anyone can occasionally say something wrong that hurts someone but a wicked person says things the wrong way TO hurt someone.

I don't want to be evil. I want to be good. I need the Dynatos Power of God to purify my heart so that my words would always be pure. I need the ability to stop evil words from coming out of my mouth. Just because something's the truth doesn't make it good to say. The question you should always ask is, "Why am I saying this? What aspect of my heart am I exposing with these words?"

For example, if you tell other people someone's embarrassing secrets that's evil. It might be the truth but it's evil to betray the person's trust. Also, if you bring up someone's past indiscretions just so you can win an argument or just to exact revenge, that's evil. It might be the truth but strategically using people's past mistakes to hurt or manipulate them is ungodly. It's over. Let it go!

Proverbs 16:32(NLT) - Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

Self-control takes a special kind of strength. Any weak person can lose control. Any baby can throw a tantrum. Speaking of tantrums, I do have a short story to tell. My mother once shared an experience from my childhood which continues to amuse us. She said that I threw one public tantrum as a kid. Just one. Why one you may ask? Take a wild guess. She said she let me act the fool and then she proceeded to beat me like I stole something. Let's just say there was an instant infusion of Dynatos power for self-control. I was delivered. The tantrums were officially over. 🙂

Romans 12:18(KJV) - If it be possible(Dynatos), as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Sometimes, peace is a choice. As much as there is Dynatos available to you from The Lord try to live in peace. My wife says her grandfather told her; "It takes two people to argue and one to make noise." With a philosophy like that you might be able to cut down on the number of arguments you get dragged into. Tap into The Power Of God for self-control today and let the other person by noisy.

Galatians 5:22-23(NKJV) - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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Dynatos - Inner Strength To Face The Trials Of Life

Dynatos - Inner Strength To Face The Trials Of Life

Life gets hard sometimes. Stuff happens and you just don't feel like you can take it anymore. You're just so tired, not merely physically tired but emotionally fatigued. There seems to be no more fight left on the inside. You just feel like giving up and giving in. The enemy is circling around above you like a vulture just waiting for you to roll over and die. Suddenly, The Power of God kicks in and you get a second wind. You don't know where the energy came from but you know who gave it to you. You grit your teeth and keep fighting. You refuse to give up. You must press on. You won't back down. It's on now!

Welcome to Part 7 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we move on to the second dimension of God's power; Dynatos which means "strong in soul, to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience as well as strong in Christian virtue." Click here for Part 6, "When Preaching The Gospel Releases The Power Of God"

Proverbs 24:10(NKJV) If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.

From the beginning of this blog series we have been dealing with Dynamis which is "inherent ability, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth, power for performing miracles." As you should have learned, it's the type of power that can be put on display in public as a demonstration of God's omnipotence. It's the power to perform miracles and do amazing things.

I would guess that it's probably the most popular type of God's power mentioned in The Church. So much so, that other than Exousia (authority), it's sometimes assumed to be the only type of power available. However, I believe that the subject of our study today is even more important. The Apostle Paul acknowledged that even though he operated in great public displays of God's power he had to discipline himself in private so that he would not fall short of God's standards on a personal level (1 Corinthians 9:27).

Dynatos is the internal strength you need to make it through tough times. It's The Power of God you tap into when you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. With Dynatos you can keep moving forward even when you don't think you can make it. It's the strength that takes control when you are weak. It's the one type of power that's really designed for your private success.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10(NLT) - Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong(Dynatos).

Are you completely overwhelmed? Are you completely worn out? Do you feel like you're finished? No problem. When you've reached the end of your strength, you can now begin to tap into the strength of The Lord. When you are at your weakest, it's time to call on The Lord for His Dynatos power. As we said earlier, Dynatos means "strong in soul, to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience as well as strong in Christian virtue."

If you trust God to help you through any challenge He will do just that. With Dynatos Power, God will strengthen your mind, will and emotions so that you would think, act and feel right under pressure. Hence, you will be able to handle calamities and trials with the right attitude and achieve the victory.

Dynatos - Inner Strength To Face The Trials Of Life

2 Timothy 1:12(NKJV) - For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able (Dynatos) to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

In the middle of your trials just remember the Dynatos Power of God is available to keep you through anything. If you commit whatever you have to Him you can be assured that you will be well taken care of. Storms will come but you have nothing to fear as long as your life remains in God's hands. He has the power to speak to storms and cause them to stop. Yet, until He does so He also has the power to keep you safe while the storm rages. Therefore, you should be totally persuaded that God will take care of you regardless of how He chooses to do it.

Mark 14:33-36(NKJV) - And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible (Dynatos), the hour might pass from Him. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible (Dynatos) for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Jesus was desperate. He was struggling to carry the burden of the entire world's sin on his human shoulders. It was starting to be too much. He knew what He had to do but He also knew the options available to Him. He called on God's Dynatos power to get Him out of His distress. Nonetheless, He chose to stay the course and press on with The Will of God for His life. Jesus felt so weak at that point that He needed help. Even though The Father still didn't take Jesus out of the trial, according to Luke 22:43, He sent an angel to strengthen Jesus right there in the middle of it.

Like Jesus, you will face some tough times. You will face trials. You will have struggles. That's why I believe Dynatos is one of the most important dimensions of The Power of God. This is the power that we need everyday. Sometimes, the miracle you need is just to make it through your situation without hurting yourself or someone else. Lord, just help me through this. That's all you're asking for. It's pretty simple. You're asking for Dynatos.

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When Preaching The Gospel Releases The Power Of God

When Preaching The Gospel Releases The Power Of God

1 Peter 4:11(NLT) - Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

I love good preaching but there's a big difference between preaching a good message and unleashing The Power of God through words. When someone opens The Word of God, declares the truth by the inspiration of The Holy Spirit and the Power of God is released you can't deny it. Since Jesus walked the earth thousands of years ago certain people have been selected from each generation to preach the gospel with a special endowment of this power. It's really easy to know when you're listening to one of them because you can feel it. What do I mean?

You feel something come over you when they release God's Word that you didn't feel before they started speaking. You know you're in the presence of God because His Spirit begins to take control of your eyes and ears allowing you to see and hear things that were inaccessible to you before. But it's just preaching you might say. Why do I feel like this? 🙂 It's not just preaching. It's The Dynamis Power Of God!

Welcome to Part 6 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue with the first dimension of God's power; Dynamis which means "inherent ability, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth, power for performing miracles." Click here for Part 5, "What Can The Name Of Jesus Do For You?"

Romans 1:16(NKJV) - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

1 Corinthians 1:18(NKJV) - For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The Power of God is contained within the gospel. What does that mean? If we just give people The Word of God they will experience The Power of God. We don't need to dress it up, switch it up, add to it or take anything away. We just need to deliver it in its purest form. I've been searching so long for the secret to preaching with power and the answer is so simple. Say only what The Spirit of God says because contained within those "Spirit Words" is the Power of God.

John 6:63(NKJV) - It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Pay close attention to what you just saw. The Life-Giving Power of God has been placed in His words. That's it? His words? Yes! His Words. God's Word itself is spiritual. They don't just tell you about The Spirit or lead you to The Spirit. They are Spirit! The Bible says in John 1:1; "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." There's no way to confuse it. The Word is God!

This explains why a man who truly speaks The Word of God can instantly change the atmosphere. Those words can take you into The Spirit Realm in an instant. Those words can heal you. They can deliver you. They can set you free. When God's Word is released, God is released. When God is released, everything changes. When a man preaches God's Word, God speaks and when God speaks Dynamis power is released.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5(NKJV) - And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (Dynamis), that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

I lay before you two options. Option 1 is excellent speech along with human wisdom and Option 2 is The Dynamis Power of The Holy Spirit. Which would you choose? Of course you'll choose the power but here's the price. If you get God's power you don't get to keep your own. You either keep your own power or you give it to God in exchange for His.

In his own strength, Apostle Paul said he was with them in weakness, fear and much trembling. He made it clear that he placed little value in looking or sounding good. The Power was not in his appearance. It was not in his demeanor. It was not in his confidence. It was not in his attitude. It was not in his ability to speak well or how much information he knew. His power was not human. It was divine. He just opened his mouth and let God's Word out. BOOM! The Power of God hit the place!

When Preaching The Gospel Releases The Power Of God

2 Corinthians 12:7-10(NKJV) - And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength (Dynamis) is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power (Dynamis) of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

God's strength is made perfect in weakness. That's what God said. Since He used the word Dynamis, God essentially said that His supernatural power is made perfect in weakness. What does that mean? God only works through weak people? So if you're strong you don't qualify? Maybe that's what will give Him the most glory. So if you're weak out there, look out, God wants to use you. Sounds really spiritual doesn't it? If that's true then why did God choose Saul?

Before receiving Christ and becoming Apostle Paul, Saul was a powerful man. He was a Pharisee who studied under Gamaliel and was a teacher of the law. He had so much authority that he led the persecution of Christians. See the list of his credentials as he shared his testimony in Acts 22. Therefore, when Apostle Paul claimed weakness, fear and trembling in his writings it was by choice. That type of weakness allows God's strength to shine. Hence, when a man gives up everything to follow God, God responds with power.

Philippians 3:1-11(NLT) - Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Apostle Paul could have easily relied on his experience as a teacher of the law. He could have chosen to rely on his reputation as a Pharisee. He could have chosen to be cocky and confident in his earthly accomplishments but he did not. He looked at his power then compared it to God's power and made his decision. There was no match. He made the switch. If he could just give up his power he would access God's Power that's so great that it could even raise the dead. Now that's real power!

This is the secret to Apostle Paul's power. He chose not to rely on his teaching ability. He chose not to rely on his reputation. He chose not to rely on himself. He considered his own strength garbage and depended only on God. In his eyes, nothing else mattered. He didn't want any credit. He just wanted to be used by God. He didn't want people to see him, he wanted them to see Christ. He didn't want to be an awesome preacher, he wanted to use words to unleash The Power Of God.

When Preaching The Gospel Releases The Power Of God

John 3:30(KJV) - He must increase, but I must decrease.

God is looking right now for people to operate in His Dynamis power but there's only one way to get it. He must increase as we decrease. That's how it works in God's Kingdom and that's how it will work for you. In fact, that's exactly how it worked for Jesus.

Philippians 2:5-11(NKJV) - Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus is God. He chose to leave His reputation behind. He chose to become a servant. He chose to be one of us. He chose to give up His life. It was His choice. However, it was this choice to be humble which triggered a power exchange. After giving up everything including His life, Jesus received the most powerful name which will ever exist. By doing so He revealed the secret to Dynamis power. It was this example which Apostle Paul followed and the rest is history.

Proverbs 30:5-6(NKJV) - Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

If I want the words that leave my mouth to have Dynamis power I must reject my own words and put His Words in my mouth. That's how Apostle Paul became one of the greatest preachers of the gospel in history. When we add to God's Words we short-circuit the flow of God's power. His Words alone have all the power we need.

It's this power which causes an unsaved man to fall on his knees and accept Jesus. Have you ever seen an old video of a Billy Graham crusade? He preached a simple message and thousands got saved. He didn't add a thing to it. He said what God said and sat down.

Do you want to walk in The Power of God? Do you want to see God work through you like you read in The Bible? Follow these simple instructions which worked for Jesus and Apostle Paul.

Step 1: Take your reputation, money, talents, power, eloquence, qualifications and anything else which makes you great in this world and throw them in the garbage.

Step 2: Receive God's Dynamis power.

Step 3: Don't take any of your stuff back up again.

He is the King of kings. All other kings must bow at His feet. He is the Lord of lords. All other lords must bow at His feet. If there is a crown on my head, I must take it off and lay it at His feet. It's time for The Dynamis Power of God to hit The Church like never before. Let it begin with us. Let it begin now.

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What Can The Name Of Jesus Do For You?

What Can The Name Of Jesus Do For You?

Proverbs 18:10(KJV) - The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

What's in a name? When we read through The Bible we see such a great emphasis placed on the names of individuals. Every person's name had a specific meaning. So much so, that when God wanted to demonstrate a change in someone's life He changed the person's name. For example, Saul became Paul, Jacob became Israel, Abram became Abraham, etc.

In addition, throughout The Old Testament with each new revelation of God's character the Children of Israel gave Him a new name. Unfortunately, after thousands of years the significance of names may have been lost in Western society. Some parents name their children anything they could imagine without considering the implications. That may contribute to our lack of awareness of the true power of The Name Of Jesus.

Welcome to Part 5 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for 7 dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue with the first dimension of God's power; Dynamis which means "inherent ability, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth, power for performing miracles." This is a direct continuation from yesterday's blog. Click here for Part 4, "The Power Of The Name Of Jesus"

1 Samuel 17:44-51(NKJV) - And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

Long before Jesus Christ was born to the virgin Mary, the battle between David and Goliath took place. Pay close attention to the "trash talk" that took place before David put The Philistine to death. After the Philistine threatened to feed David to the animals David gave this interesting response, "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."

In this exchange, David drew a simple comparison between himself and Goliath. While Goliath was armed with physical weapons, David was armed with a name. Well, not just any name but the name of The Lord of hosts! That's it! A name! David must have had a revelation of the power of that name because he was supremely confident that he would win the fight and that's exactly what he did.

The sling and the stones in David's possession were just tools and had nothing to do with his ability to win the fight. David's weapon was a name! He had the name of God and Goliath did not. The fight was fixed which meant that David knew upfront he could not lose. Unlike his brother, his king and all the other "mighty" men of Israel, David turned a physical fight into a spiritual one. He showed complete disdain for Goliath's weapons because in a spiritual fight they were worthless.

2 Corinthians 4:18(KJV) - While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

David saw what Goliath could not see because David looked through spiritual eyes. Now it's time for you to do the same. If you look at life through spiritual eyes, what can the name of Jesus do for you?

What Can The Name Of Jesus Do For You?

Philippians 2:5-11(NKJV) - Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Look at this scripture closely and think a little. Where does the name of Jesus have power?

1) Heaven
2) Earth
3) Under the Earth

The earth is physical. It is tangible. It is touchable. It is natural. Why am I saying this? The name of Jesus is not just for fighting evil spirits in the heavenly realm. It's also to be used to handle physical issues right here on earth. This explains why David could use the name of God to defeat a physical giant. He didn't just use the authority (Exousia) that comes from the name because Goliath had absolutely no respect for that. He used Dynamis which enabled him to place a stone directly in Goliath's forehead.

Therefore, with the name of Jesus you can wage war on every enemy that can possibly attack you. You can defeat evil spirits with the name of Jesus and you can see tangible results right here on the earth. People don't have to respect the authority of the name of Jesus if they don't want to. However, when you unleash the Dynamis they will have to get out of your way whether they like it or not.

As a result, every knee shall bow and tongue confess not just out of respect for the authority of the name of Jesus but because they will have no choice. The name of Jesus has power that can bring everyone to their knees whether they want to or not. Yup. Just the name alone. it is that potent. Here's an example of its tangible power.

John 18:3-6(NKJV) - Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Who are you looking for? Jesus. I am He! BOOM! They hit the ground!

What put these men on the ground? Respect for Jesus' authority? Not really. They didn't really care who He was. They didn't volunteer to hit the ground. They felt something hit them and fell down. At the name of Jesus, they were put down by a power they didn't know. Are you Jesus? Yes! VOOOSH! Power hit them and they couldn't keep standing. They didn't understand His authority (Exousia) but like Goliath, they got a glimpse of the Dynamis power of the name of Jesus.

Why am I emphasizing this so much? I'll tell you. Sometimes we become overly spiritual with our understanding of the name of Jesus. We think it only matters in the spirit realm when that's not true. The name of Jesus is not just for casting out devils and healing the sick. It can also help you fight for your life or do some impossible task if you need to. It gives you dominion over anything that exists in heaven, on earth and below the earth. Every knee must bow! They can either choose to respect His Exousia and choose to bow or feel His Dynamis and be forced to bow. We'll conclude today's lesson on a sober note.

Matthew 7:21-29 (NKJV) - “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

The power in the name of Jesus stands alone and needs no human help. Why would God allow people who practiced lawlessness to use the name of Jesus and effectively prophesy, cast out demons and work miracles? I really don't know. Shouldn't His power be inaccessible to those who have no regard for His Will? I think so but I'm not God. He can choose to give His power to whomever He chooses and there are those who will capitalize on that.

The power of the name of Jesus is very enticing. Sadly, in some rare cases God allows people to operate in His name in spite of their character. It didn't work for the seven sons of Sceva but for some reason God allows it for others. I do believe that God will operate through anyone He chooses because His work must be completed on the earth.

If a donkey could prophesy in Numbers 2:27-31 anything is possible. Therefore, when someone operates by the power of the name of Jesus it is not about the person. The power comes from Jesus alone and is contained within His name. Hence, in 1 Corinthians 9:27, the Apostle Paul acknowledged that he had to discipline himself and live right before God. Even though he preached the gospel He knew that he still had to answer to God for his personal integrity.

What can the name of Jesus do for you? There's only one way to find out. Try it!

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The Power Of The Name Of Jesus

The Power Of The Name Of Jesus

Last week Tuesday we identified two keys to accessing "dynamis" power as The Holy Spirit and Faith. Today we continue with one more, "The Name Of Jesus."

Welcome to Part 4 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for 7 dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue with the first dimension of God's power; Dynamis which means "inherent ability, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth, power for performing miracles." Click here for the introduction in Part 2, ""Dynamis" - The Power of God For Miracles." and the continuation in Part 3, "Too Intelligent For Miracles?"

Acts 4:7(NKJV) - And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power (Dynamis) or by what name have you done this?”

By what power or by what name? Very interesting. The words "name" and "power" were used interchangeably. Pay close attention to that and think about the implications. The name is the power and the power is the name. However, unlike what I assumed all of these years, this is not referring to Exousia but Dynamis.

These are very different dimensions of power. The former is authority and the latter is inherent ability. I know that the name of Jesus gives us authority but that's not the type of power mentioned in the scripture reference. Even though both types of power come from the same source there is an important difference between them. I'll give you an illustration.

A policeman has two types of power. He has "Exousia" which is demonstrated when he sticks out his hand in traffic and cars screech to a halt. Did he physically stop the cars? No! The drivers of the cars recognize his authority and choose to respect it. That authority is not his own but is given to him by the Government that controls his jurisdiction. The power is not inherent within him and is only available to him because of his position. As a man, he does not have the authority to stop traffic. The day he quits the police force he no longer has access to that type of power.

However, he may also have a gun which gives him "Dynamis". Therefore, even if a car does not stop when he sticks out his hand, he has another option. When his authority is compromised he also has the ability to pull out his gun and fire a couple rounds at the driver. This power is also available to any other person with a gun and has nothing to do with his position as a policeman.

The gun also gives any man additional "Exousia" (authority) because of the potential "Dynamis" (ability that can be exerted). So the officer has power (authority) because he is a policeman, additional power (authority) because he has a gun and more power (ability) because he can fire the gun. "Exousia" power is a result of his position but "Dynamis" power is a result of what he has the ability to actually do. The same goes for The Body of Christ and the name of Jesus. It does not just give us "Exousia" but also "Dynamis".

The Power Of The Name Of Jesus

Mark 16:15-18(NKJV) - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

In the name of Jesus we will cast out demons, speak with new tongues, survive any danger and cause people to receive their healing. The name of Jesus is not something we are as knowledgeable about as we probably should be. It's not exactly a popular teaching topic probably because we're not sure what there really is for us to say about it. It's one of those aspects of God's Kingdom that we just accept without really understanding how it works.

Many of us use it and understand that it's important but do we have a true revelation of its power? I remember ending my prayers as a child with "...in Jesus name, Amen". I had no idea why I had to say that other than it was important to make prayers work. However, over the years the light has shined brighter and brighter. Now, together we will discover another dimension of this truth together.

Acts 3:1-10(NKJV) - Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter and John had two dimensions of power because of the name of Jesus. They had authority and inherent ability. The name of Jesus gave their words the ability to cause healing to take place. Therefore, they just told the man to rise up and walk and that's exactly what happened immediately.

Acts 4:5-14(NKJV) - And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

The critics just could not believe it. The name of Jesus gave these men the same ability that Jesus had when He as on the earth. They were able to bring healing with just a word. There was no denying it because the man was standing right there. The name of Jesus also gave them boldness because of the authority that came with the name. This two-dimensional power of the name of Jesus is also available to the rest of The Body of Christ. We don't just walk in authority and command respect, we also have the ability to make things happen.

Mark 9:38-40(NKJV) - Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.

Jesus Himself said that the power to work miracles is contained within His name alone. That's serious because if we want to see miracles happen at our hands we need to know where the power comes from. A man who was not even among the disciples but understood how to use the name of Jesus was able to unlock the same power that was available to the disciples. However, Jesus did make an important distinction. The man was on their side and that's why the name of Jesus worked for him. He had authority (Exousia) because he was positioned on the right side and ability (Dynamis) because he understand how to use the name of Jesus. Therefore, the power of the name of Jesus cannot be abused.

Acts 19:13-17(NKJV) - Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

The sons of Sceva had no relationship with Jesus so they did not have His authority. Therefore, they did not have the right to use the ability that came only from the name of Jesus. That's why the evil spirit had no respect for them. They were like regular men standing up in traffic and sticking their hands out expecting cars to stop. Nobody is going to stop because these men have no authority.

This brings us to a very important point. Even though the power of the name of Jesus is two-dimensional, both dimensions must be in operation at the same time. In other words, if you don't have the authority to use the name of Jesus you won't have the ability that comes from it. You can't just use the name randomly. The spirit world operates by very strict rules that both the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness have to honor.

Like the illustration of the policeman, his position gives him the authority to use the weapon in his possession. Even though the weapon alone has power, the authority allows him to use it lawfully. In the natural, illegal use of a firearm is still possible. It might be illegal but the gun will still work. The spirit realm is different. When spiritual laws are broken, power becomes inaccessible. Therefore, even though the name of Jesus alone has power, the authority we have through our relationship with Him allows us to use it.

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