Prayer Requests

            Sometimes it’s easy to feel weak and powerless. You’re so aware of your inadequacies and shortcomings and most of the Christians you know might not be that strong either but, that doesn’t change the fact that if you have the Spirit of the Lord in your life, you are full of power. Listen to what the prophet Micah said. He was living in a time when people were taking the name of the Lord, but living any way they felt like. “But truly I AM full of power by the Spirit of the Lord…” (Micah 3:8). We know that “God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34). If Micah was full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, then YOU are full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.


            You say, “but I feel so weak. I don’t FEEL full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.” Well, how you feel doesn’t matter. Micah didn’t say “I FEEL full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,” did he? He said, “I AM full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.” It’s true no matter HOW you or I feel, because God said so. See, it isn’t our power, but the Holy Spirit’s power on the inside of us. Acts 1:8 says, “But ye will receive power after that the Holy Ghost comes upon you…” It’s HIS power that will enable you to defeat sin in your life and kick out the devil in all his deceitful forms. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus Christ is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. He’s the Author, Creator and Originator of our faith. As the Author, He has authority to do with His power as He pleases. It pleases Him to give that power to us. Then, we can act on His behalf to bring about God’s strength and His will in our lives. That’s why we can act in authority. We have authority. We have authority from the Author of Life, Jesus Christ.


            When we bring our lives under His authority, we can speak to an evil power or wicked force and it MUST go away. We can cast out demons by this same power. Bible examples of this is the centurion in Matthew 8:9-10. His servant was sick, and he came to ask for Jesus to speak a word and heal the boy. Jesus agreed to come to his house, but the centurion said, “Speak the word only, and my servant will be healed.” What he said next made Jesus marvel. He said, “I am a man under authority having soldiers under me. I say to this man, “go”, and he goes. To another, ‘come,’ and he comes. And to my servant, ‘do this, and he doeth it.” He had people over him who could speak a word and he would have to obey because of their authority. Also, there were people who had to obey him when HE spoke.


            He recognized that Jesus had authority from Heaven over the powers of this world. So, if Jesus would just speak the word, the disease would have to obey Him, and the servant would be healed. The centurion knew that he had power to command because it was given to him by Rome. When he gave a command, he had all the power of the Roman government to back him up. When you or I give a command to any effort the enemy is making in our lives, we have power because it’s a given to us by Heaven. When we command a sin to release its hold, we have all the power of Heaven’s government to back us up. Like the centurion was under Roman authority, we are under Heaven’s authority. When we’ve given our hearts to God and are wanting to obey Him, he gives us His power. The goal isn’t for you to possess power, but for the power to possess you. That’s why the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:10, “it’s not ME, but the Lord.” Or, in Galatians 2:20, talking about what God was doing in his life, he said, “Yet not I, but Christ, who lives in me.”


            It’s the power of the Spirit of God in you that brings the power of conviction, conscience and a sense of divine purpose. That’s what’s happening in this verse in Micah. The power of the Spirit reveals where sin is lurking, so He can root it out and set you free. Jesus said in John 16:8, “The Spirit, when He is come will reprove the world of sin, righteousness and of judgement.” The Holy Spirit will show you WHERE you’re missing the target and what it is, you’re doing (or not doing) that causes to keep missing it in life. This is what Jesus was promising His disciples about the Spirit who would be in them and with them. The Holy Spirit on the inside of us causes us to be yielded and obedient. Then, God can allow the Holy Spirit to work through us and other people will sense His presence in our lives.


            God’s Spirit will hold you back from sin, when you listen to Him. Like Elihu said in Job 32:18, “The Spirit within me costraineth me.” He helps us to say “no” to temptation and to say “yes” to God. Being yielded and obedient to the Holy Spirit brings the blessing or the approval of God on your life. In Romans 15:29, the Apostle Paul was able to write, “I will come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.” You become literally a channel for the Spirit of God to work through. You are full of power. With the Spirit of God in your life you’re not as weak and helpless as the devil says you are. You’re also not as dumb as the devil tells you. Micah 3:8 says you’re not only full of power, but you’re also full of judgement.


            That means you’re able to tell the right thing from the wrong. You’re just used to TELLING yourself you don’t know whether that sin is. You CAN judge by the power of the Holy Spirit what’s right and wrong! God says you can! You’re also full of MIGHT. The word for “might” in the Bible means “strength, power, mastery, bravery, might acts.” See, God is letting you know that He has put on the inside of you the strength that you need, the power that you need, the ability to master the things that overcome you, to stop being afraid of taking a total stand for God and to do MIGHTY acts in the Name of Jesus.


            No matter where you are, or what you’re going through, you need to take a couple of minutes and bow your head. Let the Holy Spirit rise on the inside of you. Breath deep and allow his Presence to fill you. He dwells in you and WILL work mightily IN YOU.