Monday, December 15, 2008

The Mandatory Requirements to be Unleashed

In 2009, we are entering the season of being unleashed. This means that we are entering a season of doing more than we've ever done before, being more effective than ever and reaching a greater number or geographical area than previously known.

Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us... (my emphasis)

Ephesians 3:20 is clear. The extent to which we are unleashed is proportionate to the extent to which the power of God is at work within us.

The Greek word for power is 'Dunamis' and it means:

1) strength power, ability
a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
b) power for performing miracles
c) moral power and excellence of soul
d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
e) power and resources arising from numbers
f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

God's power is our strength, it is our authority, our equipping, it is our boldness and our confidence.

Colossians 1:10-12 says, " And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. "

The Power of God gives us the strength to endure the opposition - so that we can achieve more than we can imagine according to God's will and purpose. It is God's Power that lets us push through the trials, the attacks, the doubts, the distractions that we encounter on the narrow winding road where the signposts say 'unleashed straight ahead'

In 2009 I want to live a life worthy of the Lord - that bears fruit - because it grows in knowledge AND it is strengthed with the according to His Glorious Might.

If our unleashing is dependent upon and measured by God's power working within us, then I want more of that power!!

I don't want a mere lightening bolt of God's power, I want a continual flow that makes sure I finish the race.

How do I get it?? How do I keep it flowing? How do I make sure I don't have a 'brown-out' or 'black out'?

1. Power comes from the Holy Spirit

Act 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;"

The "power" believers receive from the Holy Spirit includes courage, boldness, confidence, insight, ability, and authority.

We mustn't quench the Holy Spirit when it prompts us to do something, to be passionate about something, to address an issue. Walk in step with the spirit and stay in tune with his quiet whisper.

2. Power shows up in our Weakness

2Co 12:9 ....for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

Power is perfected in our weaknesses because we stop trying to rely on ourselves, our own strength, and our own works, and we rely wholly on God. It is more of Him and less of us.

3. Power continues from obedience

1Jn 3:24 All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.

God's Spirit continues to abide in us when we keep his commandments and follow His plan for our life. To keep the power flowing, we have to keep our lives submitted to his commands and promptings.

Being unleashed in 2009 is available for everyone! The Holy Spirit is available to and poured out on all, but the extent to which we are unleashed is determined by the extent to which we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, the extent to which we hand over our weaknesses and strengths, and the extent to which we are obedient to God's will for us. Let's keep the power at work in our lives to achieve far more than we can hope or imagine!

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