For two years, 1995 and 1996, I lived on a farm in Africa where we had no electricity and no running water. Having been accustomed to a different kind of environment, I must mention here that my intestinal lining suffered a severe invasion of the single-celled animal called amoeba. It was a very horrible and desperate experience!
When you are at a place with no power, darkness ensues and it is impossible to do plenty of things. Where there’s no power modern communication ceases. Think about it, computers, radios, televisions and phones would stop functioning. Imagine not being able to operate the ATM or not being able to fill up at a gas station.
When there’s no power, we can’t cook with the electric appliances that we are so used to and we would have no ability to refrigerate food. Where there’s no power there would be lack of municipal water pressure therefore toilets, sinks, and showers would not operate. Imagine that! What would happen to the air conditioning when there’s no power? There would be chaos in hospitals – most machines would stop functioning! Most things would definitely collapse.
If power is so important in the physical world I can assure you that it just as, if not more important in the spiritual world. Spiritually speaking, darkness takes over in absence of power and people can easily panic. Where there’s no power, social chaos and desperate violence can easily arise. Christianity without power is a frustrated religion. As a child of God you cannot posses your possession without power. Regardless of how saved you are, Pharaoh will not let you go without a demonstration of God’s power (Exodus 8:2). The enemy will not bow to your eloquence of speech or flawless grammar but God’s power in you. It is impossible to triumph without power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (1 Corinthians 4:20).
When you have power, you have light hence you can see better and beyond the ordinary. When you have power, you have energy and you can use it to operate. When you have power, you have strength to accomplish something. When you have power, you have the ability to do work. When you have power, you have the ability to perform signs and wonders. You may have little cash to your name but when you have power, you have all it takes to live an enviable life. All because it is God’s power that gives you everything you need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). This godly life is a holy life; a reigning life, which is not possible without power. When you access God’s power through Christ, you then access riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing that come with it (Revelation 5:12). Without this inheritance, we cannot reign in life.
Power is your heritage; it is my heritage, it is in the will of God for those of us who have received and accepted Jesus Christ. Haven’t we been given, by Him, power to become the sons of God – all of us that believe on His name? (John 1:12). Glory to God! It amazes me that many people both saved or otherwise, can recite Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” It almost sounds like cliché but really, if you have accepted Christ, this is your heritage! And this power is at work within you, to accomplish infinitely more than you might ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Amen?
For that reason, I encourage you to step out farther, reach out more, serve more and accomplish more. For God has not given you a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).