Do You Believe In Power?
"They say you so charismatic, obvious that you're missing something; I say they so academic, they form of godliness is missing something."
Believe it or not, that's a rap line (H.G.P x Taelor Gray & Eshon Burgundy). Further in the song, Taelor brings up a question that is the premise of this article... "do you believe in power?"
When it comes to differentiating Christianity from other religions, many fall in the trap of pointless debate. Personal ambition and carnal frustration tends to take the wheel, producing tense argument. The issue behind this, is talk is cheap. God structured it so declaration & movement always worked in tandem. Don’t believe me? Read Genesis 1.
The more you understand the enemy, the more you start to realize how his plans are structured by conversation and enforced by the power of persuasion. Going back and forth with a convinced person is like yelling at a brick wall. If you stay in this mode for too long, you'll end up operating in manipulation because of the anger that'll inevitably arise from your lack of conversational success. That's not love.
As Christians, we are called to shine our light before men, so that they may glorify God in heaven (Matthew 5:16). However, this concept of light is misconstrued to the point where we've limited God to an idea, instead of an interactive and proactive Being. Sermons have turned into Ted Talks. We diminish the authority behind God's words when we neglect one major factor... God intends to back up what He says.
God's Words always provoke change. Proclamation should always precede manifestation. The 11 (after Judas' betrayal & before Matthias' replacement) preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through accompanying signs (Mark 16:20). Paul told Corinth that his message and preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power (1 Corinthians 2:4). Jesus said we would do the same works and even greater works (John 14:12).
We could go on and on with the biblical references. Point being, it’s the anointing that breaks the yoke. Take this as you will. Be careful to not place God in a box. Don’t fall into the trap of cessationism. I’ll ask one more time, do you believe in power?