For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16 KJV)
What comes to your mind when you hear about power or the manifestations of God’s power? If you are like me, with the classic charismatic pentecostal mind, the word “miracles” will be screaming at you so loudly! Miracles are one of the prominent manifestations of God’s power. Miracles still occur today, as much as they did in the early Church. You will not know the value of a miracle until you need one!
Miracles are an important manifestation of God’s power. However, this is where we are making a terrible mistake as charismatics: God’s power does not manifest in our lives only through miracles. I will boldly tell you from studying the scriptures that the greatest manifestations of God’s power in your daily life and throughout your christian life will not be miracles. Let me show you two critical realms of power, which are indeed “miracles” just not the classic way we think of them.
The first is mentioned in Romans 1:16, the salvation of the sinner who believes. The greatest operation of the power of God in a human being’s life is the new birth experience. It occurs so fast and so undramatic that we do not realize how much of God’s power operates to make a sinner a saint.
Similarly, the third sphere of the operation of God’s power is the transformation of the hearts of men and women. This process by which the power of God operates in us to transform our hearts, change our character, build spiritual fruit in us, deliver us from bondage such as fear, depression etc, and empower us to live in righteousness, joy, love, etc is the GREATEST operation of the power of the Spirit in a believer’s day to day life.
I challenge all of you reading this devotional to look at all the times the power or authority of the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the New Testament and see for yourself how it refers to these three distinct spheres: miracles, salvation, and transformation.
What are three spheres of the operation of God’s power mentioned above?
APPLY THE WORD
Please do the simple assignment I have recommended above. Become conscious of how God’s power is at work in you. Receive all the spheres!
Ask the Spirit to help you fully cooperate with His power and not put Him in our charismatic box of “miracles” only.