Power In The Inner Man
God’s Power 8
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Ephesians 3:16
Most people are confused about the Holy Spirit, the power of God, faith and the Word of God. Some people automatically assume that they are all the same or some of them are the same.
Power, mercy and life are the end result of union with the word of God, faith and walking and being led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus asked the Apostles to wait for power from on high.
To seek the face of God is to seek His power and to wait upon God is to wait upon the Lord for manifestation of His power. You seek and wait with faith, being led by the Holy Spirit and by union with the word of God. You also pray as the Holy Spirit leads you to pray.
Some people will tell you that it is your faith that heals you but in reality, it is the power of God that heals you. Your faith in the power of God will heal you. Your faith must rest on something but your faith should not rest on your own faith.
We must seek after God’s kingdom and His righteousness not a faith that does not encourage you to live in complete union with the will of God, rather that false faith leads you to seek mammon like pagans.
Somehow, people began to make faith into an idol or even the word of God into some form of idol that substitutes the power of God. Then people started chasing after faith or “the word” which they interpreted as a set of magical formulas that active power, wealth and money. Power without purity and prayer? – certainly not the true faith and the true word of God.
Note that those who practice those faith doctrines, do not emphasize complete obedience to the will of God, setting out time to pray, and being led by the voice and direction of the Holy Spirit. They also do not talk about the armor of God and crucifying the flesh by the Holy Spirit.
They preach another gospel, not the gospel that Jesus and Paul preached. In order to be a victorious Christian, you must test the false Apostle, false teachers, false prophets, false believers and false doctrines and find them to be false. You must test the spirits like the Berean believers.
That you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. Revelation 2:2
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
Jesus and Paul practiced total commitment, dedication, consecration and surrender to the word and will of God by complete obedience and a life of praying without ceasing to constantly experience the power of God.
Faith is very good and very vital but it can never take the place of God or the power of God. The more you rely on, and depend on God, the more faith you have and the more you rely on and depend on your own faith, the less faith you have because you have ignored God and His power. You started depending of your self and that is self worship.
Jesus and Paul never taught that, and they never lived like that. They were able to differentiate between all those concepts – faith, Holy Spirit, the power of God and the word of God.
And they recognized and gave each one its proper place.
The Word Of God
You believe in the word of God and walk in the word of God to maintain a healthy active relationship with God. You walk in the word of God – both His written word and the voice of the Holy Spirit to be obedient, know God and pray effectively. Understanding of the word of God builds faith.
You eat and drink the word of God with your mind so as to grow to maturity and know how to pray for the power of God to manifest the way Jesus did.
Faith in the good news, law of Christ and the power of Christ makes you obey God, trust Him for His power to deliver and also makes you have confidence in your assurance of salvation.
Faith is one of the armor of God that you need to put it on in your spiritual battle, so as the defeat the enemy and experience the power of God. You wear faith like a shield to go into spiritual battle and prayer. You don’t wear faith to be idle and not pray. You also wear faith to obey God.
While praying, your faith makes you persist and persevere with patience. Faith makes you hold on, press in and never give up. But you are pressing on, for something – power. Faith is not the end, manifestation of God’s power, glory, and presence is the end.
The Holy Spirit is our helper, comforter, guide, teacher and Lord. He is inside us and constantly helps us in our battle, prayer and worship of God. He gives us the word of God as a shield and speaks to us constantly. Listening to Him, and obeying Him will make us pray effectively, obey God and experience the power and glory of God. He is a person and power is what comes out of Him from the throne of God.
The power of God is the raw manifest presence of God and the glory of God. That is what Jesus wore around Him like a garment and by the power of the Holy Spirit He raised the dead and healed the sick. Power is what gives us ability as Christians and we need the power of God everyday. Man’s power can never enable man to live like Jesus and do the works of Jesus
Jesus knew the word of God, the Holy Spirit, faith and the power of God. He never confused or substituted one concept for the other. A is not B, and B is not A. A is A and B is B. That is just how it is spiritually.
This is just a summary, and of course, it does not contain everything that I need to explain but it is enough to elucidate the points I have mentioned above.
God’s power is the only thing that can strengthen the inner man. God strengthens the inner man with power through the Holy Spirit that lives in us. Power or the glory of God increases in our inner man but the Holy Spirit is a person and He lives in us as a complete person, not as a person that increases or decreases.
May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.