Looking for power in your life? Who isn’t.

Sunday at church, the preacher was talking about how Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, prayed that the Christians be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit. That was the intent the preacher was doing for his congregation at the service.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” Ephesians 3:15

I got to thinking. What does that sort of power look like in the lives of Christians? I started looking around to the people around me in the seats, and wondering what wondrous things they could do if they had real power. Were those kind of things being done? I didn’t see a lot of evidence, so then I began to wonder why not.

And then the preacher told us how to get that power – “by plugging into the Holy Spirit.”

The way the preacher sounded, it was like if you didn’t have power, then you weren’t plugged into the Holy Spirit. It was like the Pentecostals belief that if you weren’t talking in tongue’s, then you didn’t have the Holy Spirit in you either.

I didn’t agree with the preacher, because as I looked around me, I couldn’t see how all these believers were not plugged into the Holy Spirit. And more so, he made it sound like you’d automatically have the Midas Touch, if only you were plugged in.

But, why didn’t the people in the congregation have real power?

I could be all wrong here, trying to explain something that I don’t fully understand myself. It must be a fault in me to be looking for an explanation as to why the people around me don’t have power, even though they probably were plugged into the Holy Spirit. Does that make sense to you?

I think that the preacher was on the right track, but he didn’t go deep enough.

In the book of Isaiah, the Holy Spirit is also called “The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding.”

The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
Isaiah 11:2 (NIV)

There is that word “wisdom” again. And that is what I wanted to point out. It is congruent with what I’ve been posting on this blog – “Wisdom” is the golden key to wealth, which is a form of power in this world.

So in my opinion, the preacher should have shown how plugging into the “wisdom-side” of the Holy Spirit is how power is generated in Christians. Just think of how much good you could do in this world when your voice is amplified because you have money to send missionaries out into the world, or to pay for a meal of someone that needs it? That is power, wouldn’t you agree?

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com Christian Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    He strengthens from His Spirit, enriches us, and especially in the OT promises that monetary riches are 1 of the 3 top THREE godly blessings. Mazel tov.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Christian Dating Expert

  • Austin

    Thank you for sharing this knowledge which was previously unknown to me. It lines up with the thought that evil doesn’t have power – it just likes to tempt others to waste it. So what’s going on in power?