Power From Above

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We have come to the most technologically advanced age in history.  We can travel space using rockets and other versatile spaceships. We can communicate with people far and wide using computers, ipads, mobile phones etc. 

Space rocket
Advanced technology

What about the reality on the ground? Are we more entertained and happy? Are we more improved and mentally strong? With all our inventions and advancements, modern man is more enslaved to bad habits than in any past age.  The world at large is enslaved to bad habits such as alcohol, tobacco, lust, and drugs, and it seems they have no power to break free. The preacher seems to have been talking about our generation when he wrote,” Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” [Ecclesiastes 7:29]

Addictions

Do We Need Power?

While we have taken greater steps, we are on a downward trend. We are less powerful compared to the gone generation. 

If the race had ceased to fall when Adam was driven from Eden, we should now be in a far more elevated condition physically, mentally, and morally. But while men deplore the fall of Adam, which has resulted in such unutterable woe, they disobey the express injunctions of God, as did Adam, although they have his example to warn them from doing as he did in violating the law of Jehovah. Would that man had stopped falling with Adam. But there has been a succession of falls. Men will not take warning from Adam’s experience. They will indulge appetite and passion in direct violation of the law of God, and at the same time, continue to mourn Adam’s transgression, which brought sin into the world. 

From Adam’s day to ours, there has been a succession of falls, each greater than the last, in every species of crime. God did not create a race of beings so devoid of health, beauty, and moral power as now exists in the world. Disease of every kind has been fearfully increasing upon the race. This has not been by God’s especial providence, but directly contrary to His will. It has come by man’s disregard of the very means which God has ordained to shield him from the terrible evils existing

(The Review and Herald, March 4, 1875), 1BC 1082 par 7 & 8

With the reality that our inventions have not necessarily empowered us, what hope do we have? Who can provide us with personal power?  We have lots of technology, inventions, and power sources, but where do we find personal power? 

Could It Be That Jesus Is The Source Of Personal Power?  

What does the Bible say about Jesus? 

 “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” [John 1:12]

Would you like to have power in your life? Then what you need is to receive Jesus. When you receive Jesus, you receive power! What the world needs today is not more computers, power companies, or more technology. What the world needs today is Jesus Christ. When we receive Him, we receive power.

Christ vs Tech

Have you received Jesus Christ? Receiving Christ as a personal savior makes the entire difference in the life of every son and daughter of Adam. The only reason there are a bunch of powerless Christians is that Christ has not been received. Christ saw it during His earthly Ministry in Judea. He looks around and sees people in need of power from above, yet unwilling to be empowered. He saw thirsty people who were hungering and thirsting for the things of this world and hence could not be filled. He saw energies bent on seeking temporal bread at the expense of the bread of life, which alone can satisfy the soul’s wants. And even those studying scriptures while rejecting Christ were caught up in a conundrum as these same scriptures were leading yet again to Christ. 

To all these, Christ made a statement:

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.[John 5:39-40]

Think of it again; Someone searches the scriptures to get the power of obedience and spiritual vertebral column, and the scriptures lead them to Christ, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name,” but when they realize that the scriptures are leading them to Christ, they turn back. They want life but are only willing to secure it outside of Christ. They want the power to do the things of God but are only willing to do so outside the yoke of Christ!  We must remember that Christ does not give power outside Himself; to receive power, we must receive Christ.  Christ is the vine, and we are the branches, not the other way round…

Even today, powerlessness among the professors of faith can be linked to one major source; Christ has not been received as the LORD and savior. Do Christians need to receive Jesus?  Yes. Without receiving Christ, there will be many “powerless” Christians who act like christ at church, but at home during the week, act more like the antichrist! Many people enjoy Christ as their Saviour, but the same people recoil when thinking of Him as the LORD. They want to eat their own bread, put on their own apparel, drink from their broken cisterns, yet be called by His name. This is a recipe for disaster. 

You need to Receive Christ. It is the bottom line of power. Claim this promise:  “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” [Revelation 21:2]

How Much Power Is Christ Investing In Us? 

Many individuals and organizations claim to have the ability to empower people. Many empowerment programs have proved a huge failure and resulted in multiple inebriates. So, while Christ comes to rescue us, how much power is He investing in the enterprise?

 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and Earth. [Matthew 28:18]

All power in heaven and on earth

Jesus said, “all power is given unto me in heaven and the earth.” So how much power does Jesus have?  He has all the power of HEAVEN and all the power of EARTH!  How much power is that?  That’s UNLIMITED POWER!  So when you receive Jesus, you are receiving unlimited power!

The entire history of the Universe has been affected by Christ. BC = before Christ,  AD = anno domini (in the year of our Lord).  Virtually every world religion agrees that He was a good man.  Some say He was a prophet; others a moral teacher or a philosopher. Few will deny His existence. The existence of Jesus is a historical fact and denying it stultifies you before everyone competent with history.  But if that is all He was—a moral teacher, a philosopher, a prophet—then He cannot give us personal power. You see, a philosopher can give us an ideology.  A moral teacher can tell us what is right from wrong, but most of us already know right from wrong, don’t we?

Take smoking, for example.

Smoker

Most people know that smoking is dangerous for their health—bad for their lungs and the environment.  They say, “I know it’s harmful, and I’d like to quit,  but I just don’t have the power!” It’s not that we don’t know what is right; we don’t have the power to do what is right. We need more than someone to tell us what is right; we need someone who can give us the power to do right!  The only person who can claim that ability without being blasphemous is Jesus Christ. 

But does Jesus really have that kind of power—the power to change my life?  He claimed to.  Jesus made many amazing claims when he was on earth: 

  1.  To Be God (John 10:27-30)
  2.  Pre-existence (John 8:58; 17:5)
  3. To Be the Messiah (John 4:26)
  4. Omnipotence (Matt. 28:18)
  5. To Know the Future (John 13:19)
  6. The Power to Forgive Sins (Matt. 9:2)
  7. To Know Man’s Thoughts (John 2:25)
  8. The Way & the Truth (John 14:6)
  9. The Resurrection & the Life (John 11:25)
  10. The Door (John 10:7)
  11. The Living Bread (John 6:51)
  12. The True Vine (John 15:1)
  13. The Light of the World (John 8:12)
  14. Without Sin (John 8:46).

Christ is all He claimed to be, or He is the greatest imposter ever lived on earth!

Let’s consider the biography of Jesus.  Because it’s only as you understand who He was, and is and the power that he offers, that your life can be changed. Christ is the only one who wrote His biography before he was even born! And Jesus invites us to study His biography. The Old Testament foretold the place of His birth, the manner of His birth, his betrayal, and the manner of His death, all written out in advance. 

Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies. It has been estimated that the probability of just eight of these 300 prophecies being fulfilled in one man’s lifetime is: 1, with 33 0s after it!  What number would it be if we included the more than 300 prophecies about the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled? Let us consider a few:

  1. Prophecy predicted that He would be born of a virgin.  That was prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 and fulfilled about 700 years later, according to Luke 1:26-38.  Christ is the only one ever to be born of a virgin. 
  2. Prophecy predicted the place of Christ’s birth—Born in Bethlehem. That was prophesied in Micah 5:2 and again fulfilled about 700 years later in Luke 2:1-20
  3. Prophecy also foretold His ministry in Isaiah 61:1,2.  And that was fulfilled in all four gospels.  

 Let us have a deeper focus on his Ministry: 

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

To console those who mourn in Zion,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

[Isaiah 61:1-3]

“Good tidings” means good news!  Where do you go for “good news” these days?  CNN?  BBC? Citizen TV? Ramogi TV? Social Media?   It seems that all we find there is “bad news.” In fact, for our mental health, we are encouraged to limit our time on TV and Social Media. Where do we go for “good news”?  The Bible!  The good news that you can be forgiven.  The good news that your guilt can be gone.  The good news that you can be saved.  The good news that Jesus is preparing a mansion in heaven for you!  We need “good news” these days, and we find it in the word of god. Are you brokenhearted?  You can bring the broken pieces of your shattered life to Jesus.  He is still healing broken hearts today.  He alone can heal your heart. 

The woman caught in adultery

He continues, “He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound….”  Jesus came to set the captives free.  Whatever bad habit you find yourself in bondage to—drugs, lust, pornography(the cocaine of the 21st century), tobacco, alcohol, or some other bad habit—Jesus can set you free! Jesus changed lives, healed the sick, cast out demons; He even raised the dead.  Wherever Jesus went, He transformed lives.  And He can transform your life too!

But You Can Short Circuit The Power!

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If Christ has all the power to live victorious lives, why are we these devasted? Why are there too many powerless Christians? Think of the terrible statics! Why is it that in a presumably Christian Nation, the rates of corruption, sexual immorality, broken and dysfunctional families, and unproductive churches are so high? Why are we held up in chains of addictions that we seemingly unconquerable? 

This is the most painful side of the coin. We have the final say on whether we will have this power. We have affirmed the fact that unlimited power is available to us. Why is it that most Christians miss out on the power:

  1. They Have Never Received Christ

It is important to remember that the unlimited power of Christ is offered to everyone but cannot be accessed by everyone. While Christ is willing to empower all, the Bible says that ‘as many as received Him, to them gave He power.’ When Christ is received as LORD & SAVIOUR (no more, no less), we will walk in His power. Otherwise, we will grow in Church but not in Christ. We will know hymns, but we will never know Him. 

  1. They Refuse to Open the Door

The difference between Christianity and other religions is that in Christianity alone is where God is seeking man. God is willing to be a son of man, so that sons of men can become the sons of God. In other religions, men seek to be God, which is no different from the serpent’s sermon in Eden, “In the day you eat of it you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God.” To every soul, God is presented as standing on the door and knocking [Rev. 3:20]. If we open the door, Christ Comes in with all that we need, but what if we don’t open it? What if, like Governor Felix, we say, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time, I will call for you”? Or, like Agrippa, we say, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian”? [Acts 24:25, 26:28]

Christ is always coming with New Light; if we don’t open ourselves to receive, we will be left behind.

Be In Time

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We must understand divine timelines. While Christ empowers everyone who comes to him, we must understand that we don’t have forever to receive Jesus. At death or the close of Probation, Christ will come off the seat of a savior and come to judge the world in righteousness. 

And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him [e]be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.  [Revelation 22:10-12]

There is all the peril of delaying accepting Christ’s salvific purpose and lordship in our lives. All the wonderful lessons we have learned here will be wasted if you are not on time!

1. Life at best is very brief,

Like the falling of a leaf,

Like the binding of a sheaf,

Be in time.

Fleeting days are telling fast

That the die will soon be cast,

And the fatal line be passed,

Be in time.

Refrain

Be in time, be in time,

While the voice of Jesus calls you, be in time.

If in sin you longer wait,

You may find no open gate,

And your cry be just too late, be in time. 

2. Fairest flowers soon decay,

Youth and beauty pass away,

Oh, you have not long to stay,

Be in time.

While God’s Spirit bids you come,

Sinner, do no longer roam,

Lest you seal your helpless doom,

Be in time. 

3. Time is gliding swiftly by,

Death and judgment draweth nigh,

To the arms of Jesus fly,

Be in time.

Oh, I pray you count the cost,

Ere the fatal line be crossed,

And your soul in hell be lost,

Be in time. 

4. Sinner, heed the warning voice,

Make the Lord your final choice,

Then all Heaven will rejoice,

Be in time.

Come from darkness into light,

Come, let Jesus make you right,

Come, and start for Heav’n tonight,

Be in time. 

As many as received him to them gave He POWER!

10 thoughts on “Power From Above

  1. Indeed we need that power to surge forward. As some preacher put it, we are Christians in Satan’s uniform. We need a true personal reformation and the power to serve and obey God genuinely.
    Thanks for this piece brother owili

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