Power in our Lives
The Lord had just revealed Himself to Moses as the God of
Abraham (faith),Isaac (promise), and Jacob (change) when the
call of God came to him to become one with the Lord in His
intention to deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage. Moses responded
by saying "Who am I?"
This call revealed to Moses the very heart and intention
of the Lord concerning His people, along with the means to
bring about their deliverance, "I have heard their cry
... I am come down to deliver them ... come now therefore,
and I will send thee." Not only did Moses receive a call,
he was given Divine enablement for its fulfillment, "Certainly,
I will be with thee." (Exodus3:7-12).
No wonder God was angry with his response. Instead of being
thankful for the call of God upon his life, Moses asked the
Lord to choose another (Exodus4:13). Rather than responding
to the Lord and to His abiding and enabling presence, Moses
continued to look at himself.
Paul said, "My speech and my preaching was not with
enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the
Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God ... now we have received,
not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God;
that we might know the things that are freely given to us
of God" I Cor 2:4-5, 12.
When the earth was without form and void, the Spirit of God
moved and God said, "Let there be light, and there was
light." All of creation was formed by the spoken Word
of the Lord. This spoken Word was all that was necessary to
bring forth all that was necessary for the world to take on
shape and meaning. Now, all things are upheld by the Word
of His power.
This same "creative energy" is released into a
life when the Lord speaks His call into that life. This creative
Word, when we say yes to it, through the power of the Holy
Spirit, imparts within us all that is necessary for the fulfilling
of His purpose. As we spend time in His presence, waiting
upon Him and saying "yes" to His will, we become
the channel through which this power will flow out to meet
Sarah, in Hebrews 11:11, through faith, received strength
to conceive. Romans4:21 tells us that Abraham was persuaded
that what God had promised, He was also able to perform. Our
faith must stand in the power of God. As we believe, we receive
strength not only to conceive that which has been promised,
but for its total fulfillment in our lives. The Word mixed
with faith will profit those who allow it to become operative.
Once we are persuaded that we are in the will of God, then
"in faith" we must do that which our position requires,
looking to God for His Divine enablement to complete each
task. Often, this ability will not come (be manifested) until
the time it is necessary. Until then, we are to walk "in
faith" in anticipation of all He will do.
Recently, I was asked to do something I had never done before.
I knew that I was pastoring under the call of God on my life.
I knew that as a pastor, this was my responsibility, so I
said "yes" with a confidence and boldness I otherwise
would not have had. "For He hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord
is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me"
As I said yes, I realized that just a few days prior, I had
been given a gift which helped to equip me for this very task.
This gift might have been given long before, but it came when
the need arose. How timely God is in all His provisions.
The just live by faith in His faithfulness. The righteousness
of God is revealed from faith to faith. Each experience I
have builds a little more faith within me, in preparation
for the next thing I am to believe for. As I experience, step
by step, the faithfulness of God, I am being equipped to walk
a life of faith.
Our faith must rest in the power of God. We must remember
how dependent we are, and in our successes not forget that
it was His enabling power, not we ourselves that has brought
"When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt
bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given
thee. Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God ... but
thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth
thee power to get wealth" Deut 8:10-11a,18a.
As we turn aside to stand in the place of hearing and wait
in God's presence, He strengthens us, He shares His heart,
and as we become joined with Him in His burden, we receive
an understanding of who He is, and of His plan and purpose
for our lives and in the earth, along with an invitation to
become a part, together with Him, in its outworking.
As we first come to Him, and then as He sends us forth with
His presence imparted into our very being ("Come, my
beloved, let us go" SS 8:11), we can step forth boldly
in His calling, knowing that it is His power that enables
us("The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works"
God is faithful in all His provisions. "Be strong and
of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the
LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; He will not
fail thee, nor forsake thee" Deut 31:6.
"I have been young and now I am old. Yet I have not
seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging bread"
"For the Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for
His habitation. This is My rest forever: here will I dwell;
for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision:
I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her
priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for
joy. There will I made the horn of David to bud: I have ordained
a lamp for mine anointed" Psalm132:13-17
All that we have need of is in The presence of the Lord and
in His Word of promise to us. We can trust our Lives in His
hand, and the outworking of His purposes through us.