Power can be defined as the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.
Power however has levels. You may have heard of Horsepower (hp), which is a unit of measurement of power, or the rate at which work is done, usually used in reference to the output of engines or motors.
A particular machine can use different levels of their power to do different tasks. I believe that is why we have the gear selector in vehicles, to make them perform more task.
For example, a towing vehicle recovering a small and a big car out of a ditch, will utilise varying power to do so.
The same goes for us as human well. There are tasks that we just do easily, there are other tasks we have to invest more energy to get done. Lifting up a football for example and lifting up a 10kg bag of rice will require different level of energy been exerted by the same individual.
Just like writing a letter will require less energy than chopping down a tree by another individual. One activity will certainly consume more energy than the other.
Surprisingly, I have figured out from the scriptures as all-powerful and Almighty our God is; there are certain things that God had done in creation with what I can call little of His effort; while there are other things God had done with higher input of His energy.
For example, in Psalms 33: 8-9 : Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
Hebrew 11:3 – By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
In the creation story, From Day 1 to Day 5, all that God had to do was just to speak and things appeared. But on Day 6; God had to do more than speaking.
Gen. 1: 26: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
The word ‘make’ is an action verb. To make man from scratch would have taken God a higher energy than speaking man into existence like plants and other animals; and to make sure that the man created looked exactly like the image of God Himself; must have involved even a higher energy.
Gen. 2:7: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Again, the action verbs ‘to form’ and ‘to breathe’. That was a tall order. God had to gather enough dust, moulded it into clay, made it into human form, made sure the object resembled Himself; and then breathed the breath of life into the object for it to become a living being.
What really stand out for me though was the fact that God said, “Let us make man in our own image, according to our likeness…The words ‘us’ and ‘our’ tell me that the making of man took the efforts of more than one Person of the Godhead; even though they are united. It means the Trinity, or more than one of the Godhead were involved, for God to say Let us. It was a job/project of more than one person.
At this juncture Prayer: Father, let Yourself, Your Son, and Your Spirit watch over my existence and my destiny till the end in Jesus name.
Searching through the scriptures, I found few examples where this scenario was the case. Where the Godhead had to join their collective powers together to do something. Where God had to employ the synergy of the Godhead to get something done. Few examples are listed below:
After the flood of Noah, men again began to multiply over the face of the earth. Pride entered into their hearts and they decided to make a name for themselves and also guide against prospective God’s punishment. They intended to build a fortified city and a tower that would reach up to heaven, as a form of defence. This they began to do, God had to employ the combine powers of the Trinity to end their rebellion.
Gen.11: 4-8 AMP: They said, “Come, let us build a city for ourselves, and a tower whose top will reach into the heavens, and let us make a [famous] name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered [into separate groups] and be dispersed over the surface of the entire earth [as the Lord instructed].”
Now the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language.
This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them.
Come, let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
So, the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the surface of the entire earth; and they stopped building the city.
Such that one of the things God uses greater power to deal with is rebellion. That was what Lucifer did against God in heaven; whenever God sees it again, He goes with fury to end it.
Prayer: Father, guide my feet away from rebellion; and quench every rebellion against me by Your power.
The incarnation of Jesus Christ was wrought by the power of the Trinity. God initiated the reason why one of Them had to come; Jesus volunteered to come; and the Holy Spirit facilitated Jesus coming.
Luke 1: 34-35 AMP: Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin and have no intimacy with any man?” Then the angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a cloud]; for that reason the holy (pure, sinless) Child shall be called the Son of God.
Even though, with God, nothing shall be impossible. This was a higher level of job. It was to take the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to do. No man, nor angel were qualified to be an essential part of it, except Mary.
Prayer: Father, please ensure that no man take the glory of my life but You in Jesus name.
In similar vein, we have the revelation of Jesus at the inception of His ministry conducted by the Trinity: the Father spoke from Heaven; Jesus was in the River Jordan, been baptised and the Holy Spirit descending of Jesus as a dove.
Today, been Easter Sunday, I like to dwell on the synergy of power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. It took tremendous power of the Godhead to act this way. Why?
It just must be right. It would be unthinkable for Christ to remain in death. How can Jesus be eternally separated from His Father? How can there be no eternal solution for man alienation from God – the handiwork of God’s hands? The resurrection could not be flawed. It took the combined efforts of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus had to be raised unto immortality. People who had died before, were raised back to still mortal life, which means they had to die again. Jesus resurrection was to be different. So, it required greater power.
Eph. 1: 19-20 AMP: And [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength 20 which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,
Efforts of the Father:
Acts 2: 24 : But God raised Him up, releasing Him and bringing an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in death’s power.
Acts 2: 32: God raised this Jesus [bodily from the dead], and of that [fact] we are all witnesses.
We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways].
I Cor. 6: 14: And God has not only raised the Lord [to life] but will also raise us up by His power.
Efforts of the Holy Spirit:
Rom. 8:11: And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.
Efforts of the Son:
John 2: 18-19: Then the Jews retorted, “What sign (attesting miracle) can You show us as [proof of] your authority for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
John 10: 17-18: For this reason, the Father loves Me, because I lay down My [own] life so that I may take it back. 18 No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down voluntarily. I am authorized and have power to lay it down and to give it up, and I am authorized and have power to take it back. This command I have received from My Father.”
May the same power that raised Jesus from the dead work for you in Jesus name.
What did Jesus had to contend with to resurrect?
Lucifer – Anointed Cherub that covers (Ezek. 28: 12-19)
Hosts of Hell (Eph. 4: 8-10).
Death – where is victory? (I Cor. 15: 55)
Grave – where is sting? (I Cor. 15: 55)
Grave cloths – wrapped cloth loosed and folded without help (John 20:6-7). Peter
Stone – rolled away by angel (Mt. 28: 2).
Seal of Ceaser. – destroyed by earthquake (Mt. 28: 2).
None of these shall have dominion over you in Jesus name. May the earthquake from heaven dislodged all these from your destiny right now in Jesus name.
Not only was Jesus raised from the dead; He was also promoted by God.
Phil. 2: 5-10: After this seemingly dead situation, may God promote you greatly in Jesus name.
What can the same power that raised Jesus from the dead do today?
- The Power is able to reconcile man back to his Creator. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead turns us from enemies of God to friends of God. Help us to start living a new life. Turns us into a new creature. I Cor. 6: 9-11; I Cor. 5: 17
- That same power will turn our now mortal body to an immortal body at rapture: either as saints resurrected from the dead or saints alive caught up in the sky. But while we are still alive now; the same power can do many wonderful things for us.
- If for any reason, weeping had endured for a night for you; joy shall certainly come for you in the morning. In Mt. 27:57-61, Joseph Arimathaea laid Jesus body in the tomb. The women must have wept on Friday/Saturday night; but on Sunday morning; they were laughing. You are about to start an endless laughter in Jesus name. Sarah at 90 years old said those who had laughed at her, will now laugh with her when Isaac arrived. Those who had laughed at you will soon gather to laugh with you in Jesus name.
- Forces of darkness may have false impression that they are still prevailing over you; only to suddenly find out that they are doomed. I Cor. 2: 7-8 wisdom of God, none of the princes of this world knew, otherwise they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
- The enemy may bring you to your lowest ebb; but even from that lowest state, God is able to promote you to levels you never could have imagined. Nothing can be lower than been in the grave as Jesus – seated at the right hand of God the Father, above powers and principalities. Job did not get as lower, God indeed lifted him high. The same power will lift you up in Jesus name.
- Things that threatens others, will not have any power over you (Death; Grave; Hell; Satan; Demons).
- The Power guarantees that our future as believers will certainly turn out to be fine, regardless of how today might seems (Rom. 8: 28). The trial of Jesus; the physical pain; it all worked for good. All shall work for your good in Jesus name.
- You have the Supernatural ability to achieve the unthinkable (Eph. 3: 20). Eye has not seen; neither has ear heard; neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared you for in Jesus name.
- The Power guarantees healing and divine health for us as believers. Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2: 24; Mal. 4:2
Father, make me a forever friend of Yours.
Father, depending on when its rapture, help me to be either among the dead saints or among the living saints.
Father, in areas where I have wept; let my joy comes now.
Father, let all forces of darkness warring against me come to their doom in Jesus name.
Father, from the level I am now; let me only rise higher.
Father, let the things that threatens others be below my feet in Jesus name.
Father, let my future be perfectly fine. Let all things work together for my good.
Father, help me achieve the unthinkable in Jesus name.
Father, let Your power guarantees my total healing and divine health in Jesus name.
The sermon was delivered on April 12, 2020 (Easter Sunday)