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