Walking in the Power- Part 1
All scriptures are taken from the Amplified Bible. This study concentrates on our walk with Christ Jesus and His desire for us to do so, as well as the importance of constant fellowship.
THE WORD OF GOD BRINGS ANNOINTING. John 15:7 Jesus says, "If you live in me (abide vitally united to Me) and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you."
We need to live in Him. In order to live in Christ, we need to understand who He is. We need to seek Him and come to know Him, just as with our earthly relationships. In order to really know someone, we spend time with them. We ask them questions. We take time listening to their stories. In return, we share our life with them. It is the same with our relationship with Christ Jesus. We need to not only come to know who He is, but we need to understand His will for us, His ways, and His abilities.
The Bible (The Word of God) is the tool in which God has given us the ability to know who He is. It is the revelation of His will for our lives, and instructions for walking with Him. Jesus is the actual Word of God. John 1:1-2 "In the beginning (before all time) was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God."
Jesus came to earth and ministered for approximately three years. It is written, He was cruicified on a cross, gave up His life and was laid in a borrowed tomb. Three days later, He was raised to life by the Glory of God. He ascended into Heaven the first time with His blood. He returned to Earth, appearing to five hundred people over a period of fifty days. After blessing His disciples, He ascended to Heaven a second time, He sat down, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus asked the Father to send the promised Holy Spirit. To not only live with us, but to be in us.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to come into our hearts to take His rightful place, it is then we receive the power spoken of in Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth."
This ability (power) is for revelation, knowledge, and understanding of who Jesus is, what Jesus is, and our comprehension of the power available to do all things through Him. What things, you might ask? Whatever God says in His Word, we shall do as believers.
Firstly, to be born again of God, Himself: Inviting Jesus into your heart to live as Saviour and Lord.
Secondly, to come to really know Christ Jesus (God) and have a relationship with Him. It is through the Holy Spirit revealing Jesus to us in the Bible that we come to know Him. We need to spend time reading, meditating and studying the Word (Bible).
Thirdly, when we do study, we need to expect the Holy Spirit to give us understanding through revelation. "He will honor and glorify me, because he will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine. He will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you." John 16:14
It is not by putting the things of the world in front of our eyes that we will become powerful witnesses for Jesus. If we want to have the power and annointing on our lives which God intends for us, nothing must be in us from the world. We must use every resource of the world for the glory of God. If we get entangled in the ways of the world, it will stop us from being able to receive the power that is available to us. What we spend our time doing; who we spend our time with; and what we speak about will take hold of us. if we listen to people as they chatter we will hear fault finding, discord, back-biting, greed, deception, sickness, sexual immorality, coarse joking, and blaspheming.
We are instructed not to get into this trap. I like the instruction in Psalm 1:1-2, "Blessed, (fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly (following the advise, their plans and purposes), nor stands (submissive and interactive) in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down (to relax and rest) where the scornful (and the mockers) gather. But his delight and desire are in the love of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, instructions, teaching of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night."
This is for us today. This instruction cannot be overlooked or taken for granted. We must, as Christians take all of God's Word seriously. In being a Christian this needs to be a way of life. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. If you had known Me (had learned to recognize Me), you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:6-7
Note: Jesus says He longs to have a love relationship with us.
I hope and pray that you will enjoy studying and praying with me over the next few months. May God bless you and may the Holy Spirit teach you as you go through this study, and that He will bring it back to your remembrance.
Richard Shipp, 05/07/2007