Power Must Be Given

I have heard it said that someone has “seized” power.  Is that truly possible?

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John 19:11 – Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

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In the garden of Eden, before the fall, who held the power?  Adam.  How did he get that power?  God gave it to him.  Did Satan “take” it from Adam, or did Adam (male and female) “give” it to the enemy?  He gave it.  When Abraham accepted God’s covenant, did he TAKE the power of the covenant, or did he RECEIVE the power of the covenant?  He RECEIVED it.  When Joshua was empowered to lead Israel into the promised land, did he TAKE the power or RECEIVE the power?  He RECEIVED it.  When Elisha got the “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit, did he TAKE it, or did he RECEIVE it?  While he did pick it up, he RECEIVED it.  And let us consider the ultimate example by hearing the words of Jesus Who said, “All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth.”  Once again, not the term, “given.”  Yes, Jesus defeated Satan on his own turf in the regions of the damned.  And while we consider the winner of spiritual combat as “having taken” the power, it was, in reality, relinquished by the enemy at his defeat.

Another element in this vein for you to consider is found in the words of Jesus before His arrest and crucifixion.  He said, “No man takes my life from Me; I lay it down, and I shall take it up again.”  Did you see that?  He said “I lay My life down; no man takes it from Me.”  What an awesome statement of absolute truth from the lips of Messiah Himself.  My friend, you have been given power; power to become a son of God; power to cast our devils; power to lay hands on the sick for their recovery; power to do the works that Jesus did, and greater works.  And how much power is this?  It is the “all power . . . in heaven and in earth.”  As an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ, the exousia (power) authority that God gave to Jesus at the birth of the church is the same exousia (power) authority He gave you when you were born again, and the dunamis (power) ability that belonged to Jesus is the same dunamis (power) ability that belongs to you as a recipient of the infilling of Holy Ghost.  And dearly beloved, in EVERY instance, it was GIVEN.  Once again, that power, in both cases, exousia (authority) and dunamis (ability) has been given to you for a purpose, and the purpose is to use it as you walk in your anointing.  So, go use it.

 Manna for Today – John 19:1-15; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 1:12; John 14:12-14

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Self-made Sons

To be “self-made” is to be grossly deceived.

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John 19:7 – The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.

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Here is a statement that I have heard throughout my lifetime.  “So-and-so is a self-made something-or-other.”  It may have been, “Rockefeller was a self-made millionaire.”  Regardless of the party of whom it was said, and regardless of what that person was to have made of him/herself, the statement is false.  It NEVER happened.  NO ONE is a self-made anything.  Every human being, each of us is the product of the combined influence of a number of people of which we have lost count.  And the older one gets, the longer one lives, the greater the number of influences that serve to mold the life one ultimately lives.  That’s just the way it is.

Now the Jews did indeed have a law that made worthy of death anyone who “made himself the Son of God.”   But by that very statement, all their actions against Jesus were illegal.  You see, Jesus did not make Himself anything.  He was born of a virgin, conceived by the seed of the Word of God in the power of Holy Spirit.  All that was NOTHING of Himself.  He was raised from childhood to adulthood by Joseph and Mary, Joseph be recognized as His Father, and Mary truly being His mother.  Upon His baptism by John near the Jordan, it was Father God Who Himself declared Jesus as His “beloved Son.”  It was on that basis that Jesus declared He and the Father were One, and that He and the Father could indwell the believer, and that He came from the Father, returned to the Father, and would send us another Comforter, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive.  So, you see, Jesus in NO WAY declared that He had made Himself the Son of God.  But He DID declare that He was the Son made so by the Father via the Word and by the power of Holy Spirit.

And how does that impact you and me?  In every way.  We have made ourselves to be no one.  “It is He Who has made us, and not we ourselves.”  God has made us who we are, and it is God Who has made all things for us, and us for His glory.  It is God Who has called us to Himself, made us in His image, filled us with Himself, filled us with His Spirit, given us His Word, and delegated to us His authority and ability by His Word, His Name, and His Spirit through faith in Him.  Anyone who considers him/herself self-made is grossly deceived, walking in darkness, and headed for destruction.  And if anything is made by them, it is their own destruction, for failing to receive and believe the light and walk in it.  Therefore, I say to you, any self-made son of God is, in reality, NONE OF HIS. 

Manna for Today – John 19:1-15; John 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Genesis 1:26; 1 Samuel 17:4; Psalm 100

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