What kind of power can a Christian really have? - Power - TouchPoints

What kind of power can a Christian really have?

Ephesians 1:18-20I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

Philippians 4:13For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

Colossians 1:29I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

2 Thessalonians 1:11And so we keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds.

Ephesians 3:20Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.

The God who created the world and who defeats Satan offers his power to you. If you believe that God sent Jesus Christ to save you from sin, and if you ask him to forgive your sin and remove it, he will replace your sin-filled heart with the power to do good, to accomplish great things, and to resist the forces of evil. But you can only use God’s power for godly purposes.

2 Corinthians 3:5It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God.

1 Corinthians 5:3-43Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus.You are to call a meeting of the church, and I will be there in spirit, and the power of the Lord Jesus will be with you as you meet.

When the church is gathered and conscious of God’s presence, they are empowered to preach, teach, practice discipline over individual believers, and make bold decisions for God. Ineffectiveness of the church in the world can often be traced to partial practices of corporate life that God describes in his Word.

Ephesians 3:16-17I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 6:10A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power.

Micah 3:8But as for me, I am filled with power and the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and might, fearlessly pointing out Israel’s sin and rebellion.

2 Corinthians 4:7But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.

2 Corinthians 13:3-4I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak in his dealings with you; he is a mighty power among you. Although he died on the cross in weakness, he now lives by the mighty power of God. We, too, are weak, but we live in him and have God’s power—the power we use in dealing with you.

1 Peter 4:11Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.”

Psalm 68:35God is awesome in his sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

God’s empowerment never changes the fact that we remain weak vessels, powerless in ourselves, and always capable of mistakes and sins in a fallen world. One of the greatest ongoing miracles in the world is the way God accomplishes much through such flawed servants. But, as God taught some of his greatest servants, his finest moments and greatest accomplishments have been done in and through his weakest servants.

Psalm 60:12With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.

2 Corinthians 10:4We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds.

Ephesians 6:10-1810 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

The empowerment of a believer is always intended for use in the spiritual realm against the forces of evil. God’s spiritual power confronts and overpowers evil spiritual power. The Bible frequently describes that power conflict in war language, in which spiritual conflict becomes a battle and the forces are based in strongholds. The power of God’s truth and God’s Word overcomes the lies, falsehoods, and defective reasoning of evil. The power of God’s weapons defeats the power of Satan’s weapons. The power of God’s presence and protection in a believers life overcomes Satan’s threats. The power of faith in and from Jesus Christ overcomes the doubts sown by Satan. And the power in Christ’s authority in a believer’s life can overcome resistant evil spiritual authorities in this world.  

Acts 1:8But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere . . . to the ends of the earth.

Mark 1:23-26Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.

A man possessed by an evil spirit was in the synagogue, and he began shouting, “Why are you bothering us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One sent from God!” Jesus cut him short. “Be silent! Come out of the man.” At that, the evil spirit screamed and threw the man into a convulsion, but then he left him.

The task of taking the Gospel to the whole world and to individual lives is an exercise of spiritual power. When people respond and become believers, the greatest work has been accomplished by the Holy Spirit, not the power of our presentation or the persuasiveness of our arguments.

Colossians 1:11We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy,

2 Timothy 1:7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Romans 15:13So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 3:16I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.

Romans 1:11For I long to visit you so I can share a spiritual blessing with you that will help you grow strong in the Lord.

Isaiah 40:29-31He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Ephesians 6:10A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power.

Colossians 1:11We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy,

God extends his power to you not just to combat evil but also to give you patience in difficult times so you may grow spiritually mature. Note from Paul’s pattern that we can pray God’s power into the lives of others.