Awesome Power: The Source of a Christian’s Strength

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Samson lost his strength when Delilah passed the secret of his strength to his enemies. They cut his hair and were able to subdue him. Before this, his enemies could not overcome his power. Is there a source of strength for the Christian? Where does a Christian’s power come from?

How do we as Christians maintain our power in the face of attacks. Our spiritual enemies would subdue us and take us captive. As Christians, our power does not come from our uncut hair. We, like Samson, do have a source of strength that gives us victory over our enemy, the devil. If we utilize the source of our strength, our enemies will be helpless in their attacks.

Sources of a Christian’s Power

There are, actually, three areas that gives a Christian power. The first is the Word of God. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 NKJV.

When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Satan came and tested the Messiah three times. Jesus was able to counter the temptations by citing the book of Deuteronomy. “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word of God.” (from Deut. 8:3, quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:4); “You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.” (Deut. 6: 13, Jesus quoted in Luke 4: 8); and “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” (from Deut. 6:16, quoted by Jesus in Luke 4: 12).

If Jesus, the Son of God, needed to know the scriptures to defeat the enemy, why do we think we can overcome him without knowing the word of God?

Powerful Prayers

The second source of power is prayer. The epistle of James tells us, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16 NIV.

There are conditions, however. If we pray and ask God, but we have doubt, we will not receive that for which we ask. Jesus cursed a fig tree and it withered. The disciples pondered how he was so powerful., “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22 NKJV.

Doubt makes our prayers weak. When Jesus’ disciples couldn’t cast out a demon, the questioned the Lord as to why they failed. “So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.’” – Matthew 17:20-21 NKJV. The prayer of faith can move mountains. Now that’s powerful!

The Holy Spirit’s Power

The third source of power a Christian has is the Holy Spirit. As the resurrected Jesus was about to leave the earth, he told the disciples, “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 NKJV. These men not only powerfully upset the entire world, they taught that the power in them was available to us as well.

Jesus Today

Many, many years ago, I heard someone say that the Holy Spirit is Jesus as he is in the world today. The more I contemplated this idea, the more I liked it. The Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of Jesus” in a couple of places (Acts 16: 7; Phil. 1: 9, in some versions Acts 16:7 is “Spirit of Jesus” in the footnotes). Likewise, both Paul and Peter in their epistles refer to the Holy Spirit as the “Spirit of Christ.” (Rom. 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11).

One of the Spirit’s jobs is to remind us of the things Jesus said when he walked the earth. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” – John 14:26 NKJV. So, it makes sense that we don’t have to be envious of the people that were alive when Jesus was ministering here. Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to take his place. And the Holy Spirit teaches us what Jesus taught his disciples.

A Christian’s Power in All Things

The Holy Spirit is a source of God’s power like the scriptures and prayer which we talked about above. However, the Spirit is what makes these other two sources powerful. It is by the Spirit’s power that we can hear the voice of God when we read the scriptures. Jesus told his disciples before he was to be crucified, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” – John 16:13-14 NKJV.

Note the Spirit is referred to as the “Spirit of truth.” I think it is not hyperbole to claim that all truth is God’s truth. We know from John 17: 17 that God’s word is truth. It is only through the Spirit that we can read the scriptures and discern God’s truth.

All Truth is God’s Truth

“For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” – 1 Corinthians 2:11-13 NKJV

The Spirit is also necessary for powerful prayers. Paull tells us, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26 NKJV.

So, if you want to live a powerful life for the Lord, ensure that you are daily reading God’s word.  Avail yourself to the privilege of prayer. Finally, doing all things through the God’s powerful Spirit is the secret to having God’s power in your life..

Would you like to read more about a Christian’s power? Check out this related blog post: Key to Strength is Found in Christ.

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