On the sixth day of Christmas, JESUS gave to me Power from on high, Joy for my soul, Love for all men, Peace in my heart, Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 NIV
I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. Luke 10:19 CEV
Why is having power so important? Well, the scripture gives us at least two reasons why:
- To be able to be effective witnesses of what we believe. Ever notice that powerful people are confident? Remember the post from a few days ago. God wants us to hold on to our confidence because it will be greatly rewarded and power helps us to do that. Secondly, powerful people have influence. You cannot be an effective witness if you have no sphere of influence. If no one listens to you or cares what you say. The power that God gives us from on high makes us influential. Jesus was endued with power from on high and he had a very large following. People wanted to hear him speak; not only that people believed his message. That’s what power will do for you.
- To deal with unseen forces that wrestle with us. Not hocus pocus.. real demonic activities that seek to bring chaos to our lives and the world. Powerful people command authority and when we are endued with power from on high, that authority extends not only in the physical realm but also in the spiritual. These forces work to discourage us so that we are not motivated to share the good news. They seek to shroud us with darkness so the light of Christ does not shine through to the dying world. But today I come to tell you that you have the POWER to be a witness in spite of. Nothing can harm your soul which is anchored in Christ (even if your body and mind are beaten metaphorically!)
The main purpose of having power is to point others to the source of all that power… to point others to God as a witness. Use your influence, your confidence, and your power for good today.