Enabling Power Through
a Word from the Lord
When the call of God came to Moses, he responded, "Who
am I?" And God answered, "Certainly, I will be with
thee." This was no small promise for God had just revealed
Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham (faith), The God of
Isaac (promise), and The God of Jacob (change).
Moses had been given an understanding of God's intention
regarding His people in the word, "I have heard their
cry ... I am come down to deliver them." Furthermore,
he had received an invitation to become one with God in His
will and purpose; "Come now therefore, and I will send
No wonder God was angry when Moses asked Him to choose another.
Rather than being consumed with the presence of God, and with
the anticipation of His enabling and abiding presence in his
life, he continued to look at his own limitations.
When the earth was yet without form, the Spirit of God moved
and God SAID, "Let there be light." All of creation
came into being and function by the spoken Word of the Lord.
This same creative energy is released into a life when God
speaks His call into that life. The Word of God, when we rightly
respond, imparts all that is necessary to fulfill the call.
We are merely the channel. The Holy Spirit is the power that
enables us in the outworking of His calling, as He flows through
We receive this enabling power as we spend time with the
Lord in His presence, saying "yes" to His will.
We see in Romans 4:21 that Abraham was persuaded that what
God had promised, He was also able to perform. Sarah, in Hebrews
11:11 through faith received strength to conceive. Our faith
must stand in the power of God. As we believe, we receive
strength to bring into being that which has been promised.
When we are persuaded that we are in the will of God, we
must look to the Lord for His enablement so we might faithfully
do that which our position requires of us. Often this ability
will not come until the time when it is necessary. Until then,
we simply walk by faith.
Recently I was asked to do something I had never done before.
I knew that I was pastoring under the call of God, and that
this that I had been asked to do was part of my responsibilities.
Therefore, I said yes with a confidence and boldness I otherwise
would not have felt.
As I said yes, I realized that just days prior, I had been
given a gift, which helped to equip me for this very task.
Not a year ago, when it would have been just something nice
for a pastor to have, but days before the need arose. I was
given what was necessary to meet the need, not even knowing
I would need it.
How timely God is in all of His provisions. The just live
by faith in His faithfulness. Each experience that I have
builds within me a little more faith in preparation for the
next. Experience builds hope. I am being equipped to walk
a life of faith as I experience step by step the faithfulness
Our faith must rest in the power of God. We must remember
how dependent we are. In our successes, we are not to forget
that it was His enabling power, not we ourselves, that brought
the victory, and will continue to do so.
"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" Deut 8:10-11a.
As the Lord sends us, we can step forth boldly in that calling,
knowing that it is His power that enables us. He 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.
Our only need is the presence and the promise of the Lord.
David knew this and was not afraid to approach Goliath. He
knew that the same way the Lord had helped him kill the lion
and the bear, so also would God enable him to kill the giant.
His faith was built up through experience. He became a mighty
king, a man after God's own heart.
May each one of us step out in faith and trust, when the
Lord seeks to use us for a purpose in which we feel both our
limitations and our unworthiness.