March 12, 2013 Posted by admin in Power

Energēs - The Power Of God's Word

Energēs - The Power Of God's Word

I sit in the middle of the congregation. Tears are streaming down my face. My heart is completely exposed. My mind is completely blown. I don't care who sees me. I can't help myself. This is just too real. This is no ordinary preacher and this is no ordinary message. This one's different. I've heard great preaching all of my life but it's been a long while since I felt like this.

These words are special. These words have power. These are not the words of a man. These are God's Words. These are Spirit Words. As the words enter my ears I can feel God's presence as strong as ever. I know that there's no way I'm walking out of this service the way I came in. I am experiencing Energēs - "The Power Of God's Word" and my life is changed forever.

Welcome to Part 19, the final installment 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 with the seventh dimension of God's power; Energēs which means "active, effectual and powerful." Click here for Part 18, "The Majesty of Jesus".

How fitting to end this series on The Power Of God with Energēs - "The Power Of God's Word".

Let's first take a quick recap of the seven dimensions of God's power in The New Testament which we covered over the last few weeks.

1) Dynamis

In this context, the word "power" 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."

2) Dynatos

In this context, the word "able" means the same thing as "having the power to" and it means to be, "strong in soul, to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience as well as strong in Christian virtue."

3) Exousia

In this context, The Bible is referring to "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)."

4) Ischys

In this context, The Bible is referring to "ability, force, strength and might".

5) Kratos

In this context, the word power means, "dominion".

6) Megaleiotēs

In this context the word "power" means "greatness, magnificence, of the majesty of God, of the visible splendour of the divine majesty as it appeared in the transfiguration of Christ."

7) Energēs

In this context, the word "powerful" means "active or effectual".

Energēs - The Power Of God's Word

Hebrews 4:12(NKJV) - For the word of God is living and powerful(Energēs), and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

There's no denying the power of God's Word. It's living and active. It possesses the ability to completely expose your heart by separating your will from God's Will and forcing you to choose. It removes the blinders from your eyes to the truth hence making you fully responsible for what you hear. When you receive God's Word into your heart it will go to work wherever it is needed. Psalms 119:105 describes God's Word as a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. As such, it will shed light on all the dark areas of your life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17(MSG) - Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

Every scripture is God-breathed. That's huge. We may not understand them all and sometimes we may even question exactly what certain scriptures mean but I don't question one simple fact. If it's in The Bible, it's God's Word and He wants it in there. Hebrews 11:3 says that the worlds were framed by The Word of God. In the same way, you should let The Word of God frame your heart by controlling the way you feel. It should frame your mind by controlling the way you think. It should frame your day and eventually your entire life. When you are put together and shaped by God's Word you are well put together.

2 Peter 1:19-21(NKJV) - And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes, we hear things from people who seem trustworthy but when we measure their words against The Word of God they don't stand a chance. I was recently asked to chime in on a theological debate concerning hell. Several bestselling books have been written based on the experiences of people who visited there. The debate was concerning the depiction of certain details concerning hell. It showed up in those dreams/ visions but cannot be substantiated with scripture. I quoted the relevant Biblical references and made it abundantly clear that the only sure source of truth is The Bible and not anyone's dream or vision. That ended the debate.

Isaiah 55:10-11(NKJV) - “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

In sum, God guarantees His Word. When it leaves His mouth it goes to work and doesn't stop working until it finishes what it is sent to do. Why not feed yourself with God's Word and let it go to work in your life today?

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