Category Archives: Power & Authority

Dunamis ¦ Devotional

Scripture: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” – 1 Corinthians 4:20

Over the last few months God has been stirring me up, regarding whether or not I’m really operating in His power on a daily basis. When you read the word ‘power’ in today’s scripture and in many other places in the New Testament, it’s a translation of the Greek word ‘dunamis’ which means ‘miraculous power’, ‘mighty work’, ‘ability’, or simply ‘power’.

Often when we think of ‘power’, we immediately think of the Holy Spirit. After all, He’s the one who’s been sent to empower us to live the Christian life, right? Recently I’ve been thinking about the ways Jesus stayed in step with the Holy Spirit.

It seems to me that His life demonstrates three ways that we need the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians. Before His baptism, Jesus was ‘full of the Holy Spirit’ and the scriptures say he was ‘led by’ the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. After He overcame the temptations of the enemy, it says that He returned ‘in the power’ of the Holy Spirit.

Many Christians I know would say that they’ve had an experience of being ‘filled’ or ‘baptised’ with the Holy Spirit. So, my first question to you today is this: would the people in your life describe you as someone who is ‘full of the Holy Spirit’?

Secondly, who makes the decisions in your life? How can we expect God to give us His power if we’re not first submitted to His authority? Are you being led by the Holy Spirit today?

And finally, (perhaps by this point you’ve noticed that today’s devotional was not designed to make you feel comfortable!), are you operating in the power of the Holy Spirit?

Paul, the apostle, was a man who led many people to Christ and was used powerfully by God to teach and equip the Church. He said this ‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power’ (1 Cor 2:4).

I don’t know about you, but I want to grow in this power. I don’t just want to be able to talk eloquently about God. I want to operate in His power, so people might be healed and set free as they come into contact with me. His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

>> Watch the full video sermon ‘POWER’ now

Prayer: Father, thank You that You’re a powerful God. Thank you for sending Your Holy Spirit to fill us, lead us and empower us. I want to say sorry today for when I’ve settled for only being full of Your Spirit, or led by Your Spirit, and I’ve not sought to live in Your miraculous power. Thank You, Jesus, that You Yourself said that whoever believes in You will do the works You’ve been doing, and that they will do even greater things! I want to choose to believe this today, and I ask You to give me a new revelation of Your power. I also ask that You’d help me to overcome the fears that have held me back from stepping out in praying for the sick, or being used by You to bring freedom to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Source:  Seeds of the Kingdom

Note from David: If you desire more of God’s power in your life but don’t know where to start, I would like to encourage you to watch my video sermon on ‘Power’ now. In it, I use everyday examples of how God has been stretching me and beckoning me to step out, overcome my fears and see people healed and set free on a daily basis as I allow myself to be led by His Spirit. If you would like to see more of the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, I recommend watching ‘How to Walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit’. If you’re looking for a simple pattern for how to live a miraculous life, you can read my devotional ‘The Pattern of a Miraculous Life’.

Power ¦ Video

This sermon is all about seeing the power (dunamis) of God displayed through us as we seek to do the things Jesus did and greater things – healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead etc.

In this message I cover:

– That the Kingdom of God is not only about words but about power
– The meaning of the greek word for ‘power’ (Dunamis) and some key places it occurs
– The fact that Jesus was FULL of, LED by and operating in the POWER of the Holy Spirit
– Examples of how the display of God’s power was a very normal part of the lives of the early apostles and should be part of ours
– How we can be in error if we do not know the power of God
– How God stretches and challenges us to overcome our fears and step over the ‘invisible line’ so that we can see His power working through us


Who’s In Charge? ¦ Devotional

Scripture: We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. – 1 John 5:19

How many times have you heard someone say “If God is a God of love, why is there so much suffering in the world?”. Sadly, many Christians struggle to answer this question because they don’t understand today’s verse.

Every time we pick up a newspaper or check our news app, we are bombarded by devastating news. Murder, violence, terrorism, wars, famines and the like. Does it sound to you like the God who loves us unconditionally is calling all the shots in this world? The answer is clearly ‘no!’. So who is in charge?!

God is sovereign. That will never change. He is the ultimate authority over the heavens and the earth. In the beginning God gave Adam authority over everything that lives and moves on the earth (Genesis 1:28). Psalm 115:16 confirms this when it says ‘The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.’ The authority Adam was given was strictly limited to the earth.

Unfortunately the story didn’t end there. Sadly we all know what happened next – Satan came along. Satan was an angelic being (previously named Lucifer), created by god with the necessary power to fulfil the tasks required of him in heaven. When Lucifer rebelled and was kicked out of heaven, he lost his God-given authority and no longer had a place to use his power. You see, power is the ability to do something, but authority is the right to use that power.

(For a full video teaching on this, watch ‘Why Is The World In Such A Mess?‘)

It is so important that you and I understand that we give authority to whom we obey. Satan knew that if he could get Adam and Eve to obey him, he would have their authority. When Adam and Eve obeyed the serpent, they literally handed their God-given authority (over the earth) to him. That’s why Satan could say to Jesus in Luke 4:6 “I will give you all their authority and splendour; it has been given to me”. And that’s why today’s verse explains our current situation.

Next time you see something terrible happening in this world and you think ‘God, how could you let that happen?’, just remember that the bible teaches clearly that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. Many people today are angry at God because they have mistakenly attributed the pain and destruction inflicted by the ‘god of this world’ to the God who loves them and wants the best for them. Satan is out to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus Christ came to give us life in abundance (John 10:10).

When you were born, you were born into Satan’s domain. When you were born again, you were born into God’s Kingdom. ‘For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves’ (Colossians 1:13).

Jesus, our King, was never under the authority of Satan. He wasn’t born like you and I, He was born of the Holy Spirit and was therefore the first man (since Adam sinned) to walk the face of this earth with a higher authority than the god of this world. This is why demons had to obey him, the wind and waves obeyed him and people were astonished at the authority he spoke with. He loves you, He has a plan for you and He wants to restore you to be the person He created you to be.

Remember, you give authority to whom you obey. Your choice today is whom you will decide to obey. I know who I’m choosing!

Prayer: Father, thank you for your everlasting and unconditional love for me. I am so sorry for the times that I have attributed the terrible things that happen in this world to you and I’m sorry for when I’ve blamed you for them or been angry at you. I recognise that you are not the one who seeks my destruction but that your desire is for my restoration. Thank you that I have the opportunity to obey you today and to hand the authority over my life back to you. Would you help me to do this, and to experience more and more of your abundant life as I do so. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Source:  Seeds of the Kingdom