I have Given You Power!
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you – Luke 10:10.
Power – Might, strength, ability and authority.
Before Jesus sent forth the seventy disciples, He sent the twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over all devils and sickness. Before the disciples became Apostles, they were the first disciples. They weren’t appointed to Apostleship until they could live in discipleship.
Many Christians don’t see the power of God manifesting in their lives because they haven’t become disciples of Jesus Christ. Some have a religion, and others are Sunday Christians, but the Son is not reigning in their hearts to empower them with the authority God has given them through His Son.
As the disciples submitted themselves to the teaching of the Gospel, they were given the power to conquer every demonic attack Satan would use to come against them. Jesus had sent the twelve in the above Scripture; He was sending seventy more disciples. Before sending them, He gave them instructions on what to do and what not to do. As the disciples submitted themselves and followed the instructions given to them, they saw the manifestation of the power of God manifesting in them and through them.
For the power of God to be manifested in us, we must be connected to the Father and the Son (I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me you can’t do anything – John 15:5). This Scripture is informing the believer if he or she has not been connected with the Father in total submission they have no power. Neither will they bring forth fruit that will be pleasing in the eyes of the Father. One can’t be connected with the Father and disconnected with the Son; either it’s both or neither!
One can be Spirit-filled and the Spirit of God not operating in their life because of self-righteousness. Some think because they were saved as a child and didn’t do any of the actions non-believers did they’re righteous more than others; no, Grace came and saved them like He did others. Self-righteousness will get you in trouble with God when you think more highly of yourself than you should; it becomes pride.
In other words, the power of God will not manifest in a non-believer, faithless Christian, Sunday Christian, or self-righteous Christian. The disciples were born-again Christians, and just as God had given them power, He also gave us the power and the authority to take dominion over principalities and the rulers of darkness. Still, for the power to manifest in and through us as Christians, they must believe God ordained and authorized them to take dominion over Satan and his demonic spirits.
Most professing Christians don’t believe in demonic activity for some reason or another. Satan is not coming to us with horns and a tail; Satan is a spirit; just as we can’t see God because He’s Spirit, we can’t see Satan either, but we can feel the effects he brings with him. Some sicknesses and diseases aren’t because we haven’t taken care of ourselves but a demonic attack. Our faith has to go into a dimension of the Spirit in whatever is going on in our lives or in our surroundings, knowing that God has given us the power to overcome anything that comes against us.
Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but God has given the true Christian empowerment to overthrow what Satan and his demonic fouls will try to accomplish. To be empowered with the Spirit of God, one must be submissive and have a humble spirit and heart. Prayer is key to staying connected with God and hearing His instructions.
Praying once a month or when trouble comes is a weak and carnal Christian. As a professing Christian, prayer should be done daily and reading God’s Word, the Bible. Fasting keeps our carnal cravings in submission to the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
Read and study the Bible, it’s food for the spirit, and reading teaches us about the One we profess we love and how to live according to His Word and be empowered by His Word. Don’t be afraid, don’t submit to the influences of Satan, but fight in the Spirit and by the Word of God. Stay connected with God to learn who you are and belong to. God has not empowered you to lose but to win!
God has given us everything we need in this world to live (According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us to glory and virtue – 2nd Peter 1:3). We have to access this power by having faith He has given it to us then walk therein. Prayer strengthens faith, builds a relationship with God, and transforms and conforms our lifestyle to the Word of God.