In Ephesians 1:19-20 Paul asks us “What is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us, the ones believing according to the working of His mighty strength which He worked in Christ in raising Him from the dead, and He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies?”
The greatness of God’s power is listed and recorded for us and spread throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. As First Chronicles 29:11 says “O Jehovah, Yours is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty. For all in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Jehovah, and You lift up Yourself to all as Head.”
But the greatness of God occasionally comes from the very mouth of God Himself in the Book of Job where God confronts Job, questioning him. Now when God asks questions, it is not because He does not know the answers! God begins his questioning in Job 38:4-7 asking, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements – surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Question after question after question reveals the greatness of the power of God. A power beyond our comprehension, a power we simply cannot ever possibly grasp or even imagine.
In the Book of Genesis, God spoke all that is, all that exists, into being. From nothing, he made everything be His Word. There is none, nor can there be any, more powerful than He. Yet, in the Gospels of the New Testament, we read how this all powerful, all seeing, all knowing God; this omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient God, stood back and did nothing, as a squad of Roman soldiers took a mallet and a handful of nine inch iron nails and crucified His only begotten Son on a tree at Calvary, making Him a curse. Yes, the Father of all that exists, stood back, doing nothing, and let His own Son die on a Roman cross. Oh how God must love us; us whom He made in His own likeness, that He would allow His own Son to suffer so much, for us. But suffer He did, and die He did.
But then, as Paul says, “according to the working of His mighty strength which He worked in Christ in raising Him from the dead, and He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies.” Yes, by the power of God, Jesus was raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. This is the power of our mighty God, the maker of all things.
All born-again Christians have access to that same power, that power which made all things, that power which laid out the heavens and the earth, that power which raised Jesus from death on a cross to set Him in heaven at the right hand of God the Father. We have access to all that power, for the Bible tells us so.
In Acts 1:8 we find a clear statement of our access to this Power of God as Jesus tell His disciples “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And with this power of God, Jesus tells us in John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”
As we sit back in our 21st Century arm-chair comfort with a worldview determined largely by the enemy, rather than the Word, we believe and yes, even the Churches believe the lies of the enemy. We be read the Bible and are in awe at the works of Jesus and the first century saints believing that we cannot do such works. But this is a lie of the enemy and any Christian who believes these lies, is in rebellion to God, and in complete contradiction to the spoken words of Jesus, the Word made flesh.
For in Mark 11:22-24 Jesus explained this to His disciples saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
The power of God is available to anyone who will believe. ‘Believe’ is the verb which comes from the noun ‘Faith.’ Thus, ‘to believe’ means to exercise faith. Faith is belief in that which is unseen that which is not certain. An inventor ‘believes’ in his invention until the time his prototype is made and works; then his belief becomes knowledge of the fact, then he no longer needs or has belief. For then he know he know he knows.
The writer of Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek Him.”
This passage from Hebrews demonstrates how important Faith is to a Christian.
Faith is the way we enter into the power of God. Faith is the means through which God makes His power available to us. It is not by our work, it is not by our holiness, it is not by being religious, it is not by being able to recite the Bible cover to cover. It is by Faith! It is given to those who simply Believe.
Genesis 15:6 says of Abraham “and he believed (he has Faith) in Jehovah. And He counted it to him for righteousness.” Abraham did great works for God, but what mattered was his faith; that he believed. The converse is equally true, as we read in Numbers 20:12 when “Jehovah spoke to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not believe Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.’” Because they, Moses and Aaron, did not believe in God, because they did not have faith, they did not get to enter into the Promised Land. They had done their works for God, they has paid their dues to God, but they failed God when it mattered; they lacked faith and true belief in God when it mattered. They were tested and failed the test.
As part of our Great Commission we are asked to heal the sick and drive our demons. We are told that we will do greater miracles than Jesus because as King and Priest, He will be in heaven praying for us and releasing our supplication to the Father directly. Let us, let the Church of Jesus Christ now reach out for the greatness of the power of God and use it in the name of Jesus, for the benefit of the Church and His Kingdom. Let us be doers of the Word, not just armchair hearers of the Word. Oh Lord, let Your Spirit fall and draw us to You!
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come before you drenched and wallowing in unbelief and I recognise that my faith is shallow and fragile. I really need You to take me to a new place in faith and belief, which will glorify and honour You.
Oh Lord God Almighty, I cry out to you: “I believe. Help my unbelief!”
I pray Dear Father that You will grant me the Faith of Jesus Christ Himself, and also the humility of Jesus Christ too, for Lord it is all about You and not about me. Let me be small Lord, so that You will be large in the eyes of all who see me and the works I do for You.
I repent of my past unbelief and lack of faith and I now turn willingly to You and say Oh Lord God, I Believe!
Father, I humbly ask for Your forgiveness for all my sins of past, and for the sins and iniquity of my ancestors and I repent of them. Lord, let this be the first day of a new chapter in my life where You rule! I lay my will before You and ask You to lead me to that destiny which You have prepared for me since You formed the universe. Oh Lord, be Glorified and Magnified in my life.
In Jesus name I Pray. Amen and Amen and Amen.