God's Power

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 
(Acts 1:8 - New King James Version) 

The word for power Jesus uses in Acts 1:8 is the Greek word "dunamis", from which we get the words dynamite, dynamic and dynamo. 

While the word obviously had not yet taken on those meanings when Jesus used it, nevertheless it's clear He was describing something dynamic and potent, something that can turn ordinary Christians into extraordinary Christians. 

Because of the nature of dunamis, it is important to understand the role of emotions in the outworking of God's power in our lives. Since it is possible to have an emotional response to what God does in us, we must distinguish between emotion and emotionalism. Emotion can be a very good thing. We can feel joy, excitement or happiness when God answers our prayers or uses us in a special way. The problem comes when we enter the realm of emotionalism, attempting to live constantly on the plane of good feelings. 

Let's suppose you're in a worship service and feel God's powerful presence in a special way. That's wonderful! But if you expect every worship service to replicate that feeling, you have passed from emotion to emotionalism. Sadly, some believers don't believe they are relating to God unless they have a dramatic feeling of His presence. And when they don't feel God's presence, they can't seem to relate to Him. 

Or imagine that you are sharing your faith with a non Christian neighbor and you're exhilarated by the sensation of God's power operating in your life at that moment. Great! But if in the future you judge whether God is using you by the presence or absence of that sense of exhiliration, you're into emotionalism. 

God didn't pour out the power of the Holy Spirit to make us feel something but to help us accomplish something. God's power is practical power. Enjoy the good feelings when they happen, but don't let the lack of feelings prevent you from stepping out in the power of the Spirit to do what God wants you to do. 

It's like the difference between a dynamite and a dynamo. A stick of dynamite explodes and makes a big impact in only seconds, then it's all over. A dynamo, a machine designed to generate power so work can be accomplished, just keeps running. Sometimes God's power is like a dynamite in our lives, blasting us emotionally, motivating us to some great step of growth or feat of ministry. We see a lot of these explosions in the miracles and wonders that highlight the book of Acts. 

But in between these explosive moments, God's power is like a strong, steady running motor inside us that helps us live from day to day at a level we can't achieve in our own strength. This is the power that keeps us operating between emotional highs and mountaintop experiences. 

Never underestimate the importance of God's explosive "dynamite power" in your life. But by the same token, be aware that God's dynamic "dynamo power" is available every moment and every day to help you be what God wants you to be and accomplish what He wants you to accomplish. 

As the saying goes, it's not how high you jump that counts, it's how straight you walk when you hit the ground. It doesn't matter how loudly you shout hallelujah, how long you sing or how great you feel emotionally or spiritually. If your dynamite experiences aren't matched by a practical, daily dynamo lifestyle, your emotional highs don't mean much. God's power is practical and especially designed to affect our daily walk inside and outside the church.

Message by : Greg Laurie


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