It’s sad to know that some Christians today live defeated lives because they don’t realize the power they have to be victorious – to enjoy a life of victory. Paul prayed for the believers/church in Ephesians 3:14-19. He prayed that they may be strengthened with power through His Spirit – The Holy Spirit. He prayed for power which comes from the Holy Spirit. We can see that power being mentioned in the verses below:
“You are witnesses . . . but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:48.
“And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8.
This power is essential for the challenges of an ever-expanding witness of Christ and our everyday battles in life. It is the power to serve with such love and passion. The power to serve despite physical weariness. The power to move forward despite opposition. The power to overcome sin. As God’s children we have that power. We just need to yield to the right power. The Power is there, you just need to plug-in to the source.
Three ways to plug-in the power of the Holy Spirit
(1) Immerse yourself in the Word of God and believe in his truths
Wh>n we look into 1 John 2:14, we would see the definition of Strong Men – the word of God abides in them. That’s why we are always to read his word and contemplate on it, to be strong in our faith. But it’s not enough that we know the truths in His word, we also need to apply the truths in our lives. Allow God’s word to manifest into our actions. For example, we can smile and be joyful despite suffering because in James 1:2-4 it says “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” When we are going through a tough time and we contemplate heavily on this verse, it gives us that joy that no matter what you are going through, God is doing something greater in your life. With the trials, hurts and problems you have, God is developing your character. Again, you can know this verse but to actually apply it is a different thing. You can apply this verse by using it to develop a different perspective in your trials. Then, the Holy Spirit will empower you to have that joy despite your suffering.
(2) Pray for the Power of the Holy Spirit
The disciples in Acts 1:13 prayed for ten days before the Pentecost happened, after which, gave them the power to do the work entrusted to them. In Ephesians 3:14-19 Paul prayed for the power to be with the church. The Holy Spirit is already in you but you just need to pray that you follow the spirit and allow him to work in and through you
(3) Obey the leading immediately
Obeying God’s leading in your life helps you die to yourself regularly. Clare de Graaf said “Christian character is shaped less by dramatic decisions than by the cumulative thousands small acts of simple obedience.” It is through these small leadings that we manage to get out of our comfort zones and depend only on the Lord. Because to obey his leading immediately is to be filled with the fullness of God empowered by love. John MacArthur defined it as this:
To be so strong spiritually, so compelled by divine love, that one is totally dominated by the Lord with nothing left of self – John MacArthur
That is power -when we are compelled by divine love! Obeying and doing the leading removes your right and replaces it with only the love for God. Because to fully understand God is impossible. The fullness that is being talked about in Ephesians 3:19 is being full of love for the Lord in total surrender and total submission to Him. It’s understanding that there is no more you but only Christ. And when Christ is manifested fully in your life, the power of the Holy Spirit works in you, in everything you do and say because you are yielded to Him – you are in step with Him.
In that point of fullness where God is the only one manifested in your life, verse 20 in Ephesians 3 is at work. God does great things in and through you. Things you can’t even begin to imagine. And when you come to that point where you realize He is using you and doing great things in your life that you didn’t expect, it drives you to verse 21 – worship. Singing a doxology. Declaring your praise to your Lord. Paul did that and I hope you come to that point as well where you say, from deep within your heart:
To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:21
Have you plugged-in to the right source?