GOD’S POWER IN ACTION
“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.” Acts 5:12
Jesus Christ left the disciples with the power of Holy Spirit to help them accomplish the ministry He had given unto them. The power of Holy Spirit is not just in word, in writing but in action as evident in the ministries of the apostles. Their preaching and prayers were backed up with the action of the Holy Spirit. The early church experienced the power of God in action
What are the purposes of the power of God in action? Is it to show that the ministers are powerful? No, the manifestation of God’s power is not to make us proud or to idolize a man but to humble us that He can use even us. According to the Acts 5:12-33, here are the reasons for God’s power in action:
TO LEAD MULTITUDE UNTO JESUS CHRIST Acts 5:14
The manifestation of God’s power in action is not to make name or pull crowd for nothing, it is to lead the crowd to Jesus Christ with genuine salvation, not lead them to our church. God’s power is unto salvation, which is the primary purpose of the manifestation of God’s power. The power of God is to deliver us from the bondage of Satan and sin. If you claim the power of God is in action in your ministry and multitudes are not being turned to Christ through genuine salvation, then it means you are either using your own power or misusing the power of God.
Genuine salvation is not just to make or answer altar call; it is to repent and starts a new life in Jesus Christ. Calling altar call without first taking good time to explain salvation and repentance to the people is a mere act of fulfilling all righteousness.
God’s power in action is not just to perform miracles; it is to lead many to salvation. Experiencing miracles, signs and wonders in the life of sin is a miserable life. The power of God in action is to convict of sins Acts 2:37, it is to convert us from sinners to saints Acts 2:41, and to make us instruments of turning others to Christ Acts 9:15.
When the primary purpose of manifesting God’s power in our lives is to turn multitude to genuine salvation in Jesus Christ, we will not be seeking power from Satan to boost ministry. Any Christian or Christian ministry who lacks the understanding of the primary purpose of God’s power in action will miss everything.
TO DELIVER MULTITUDE FROM BONDAGE OF SICKNESS AND SATAN Acts 5:16.
The power of God in action is to put Satan to an open shame, to destroy the works of Satan, which was the reason of Jesus’ manifestation. “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” 1 John 3:8.
Jesus Christ manifests His power in our lives to set us free from the bondage of sin and to destroy every work of Satan in our lives. Where the power of God is in action, Satan’s works are destroyed, where the power of God is in action, Satan is put to shame and permanent silence. Where the power of God abounds, sickness, curses, and every satanic work will disappear.
If we should ask, why do we have children of God who are still under the bondage of satanic attack? The simple answer is because such believers lack understanding. Many children of God pray, fast, go to mountain, go for deliverance, yet still under the torment of Satan; many exercise strong faith, yet nothing happens. All these happen as a result of ignorance. Deliverance from sickness or satanic attack does not come through faith in your prayer, through faith in a man or woman of God or through faith in a particular church or mountain. Deliverance from sickness and satanic attacks comes only through faith in the name of Jesus Christ. It is not the prayer you pray that will put God’s power in action, it is not a man of God that will put God’s power in action, but it is name of Jesus Christ that put God’s power into action. Here is the word of God:
“Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God” Acts 3:6-8
“Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. 12 So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” Acts 3:11, 12.
It is not our prayer, power or perfection that moves God’s power into action. Here is what Apostle Peter said, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:16
What this means is that you can pray and fast without God’s power in action if you faith is in your prayer – how fireful, how fasting or long you pray. You can lack God’s power in your life if your faith is in a “powerful man of God” even when Apostle Peter said “it is not by our power” You can walk with God with a perfect heart and still remain in bondage of satanic attack if you lack strong faith in the name of Jesus Christ.
It is funny that many Christians today, including ministers, think that praying in the name of Jesus Christ alone is not enough, that you need to speak in tongues, that you need to use anointing oil, that you need to use mantles, and others. But are we seeing greater signs and wonders now than when the believers were using only the name of Jesus Christ?
When your faith and focus is solely in the name of Jesus Christ, you will see His name as the only force that can spark up the power of God into action.
EXTENDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH Acts 5:19
God puts His power in action in our lives and ministry so as to extend His kingdom on earth, to reach out the gospel of Jesus Christ to more people; to destroy every obstacle and reach more people with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s power in action is not to build an empire in the name of ministry, it is not to become fame or popular, it is for the gospel of Jesus Christ to the glory of God.
To experience the power of God in action in your life, in your ministry, in your career or business, you must have a right mind about the power, you must rededicate your life to Jesus Christ in genuine repentance and forsaking your sins, you must be ready to use the power in the ministry, the profit and blessing in the business and career for the gospel of Jesus Christ and only to the glory of God, not your own.
Turning many to righteousness in Jesus is the primary purpose of God’s power in action, deliverance from sickness and satanic attack is the secondary, and extending the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the earth for the glory of God is the end result.
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