I’ve Got the Power!

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to… let the captives go free.” Luke 4:18

I’ve Got the Power!

Power and anointing are words that Jesus used on occasion in the bible to emphasize the breadth of his capacity to supernaturally support believers who boldly and innovatively spread the good news of the gospel to humanity as a lifestyle.  The word power implies sovereignty, authority, dominance, strength, influence, command, and leadership.  As the Risen Savior, Jesus has the sovereignty and authority, command and leadership over all things and all creation to achieve the will of God, and as heirs of the Cross we are empowered to do likewise.

It is true that power is sometimes assigned to someone; it is often seized from someone; and power can be used for the common good of humanity—and for the demise of humanity.  Yet, the opportunity that is ever before each of us is to align ourselves to the will of the Lord to activate the power of the Holy Spirit power that is within us.  Now that power is holy…and bespeaks supernatural outcomes for the sake of the gospel of Christ and the good of humanity.

As there is always an opportunity of empowerment that we all will encounter, there is also always the challenge for us to awaken our hearts and minds that we have the power moment by moment to do the “greater things than these” [John 14:12] as Jesus has promised in his Word.  Greater things? Greater than feeding 5,000 men not including the women and children with fives of bread and three little fish?  Greater than raising the dead and healing all kinds of diseases on notice?

Yes.  Believers are empowered to do more, but only if we remember that the charge is by the grace of God to willingly feed in the spiritual and the physical realm; the charge is to willingly heal the brokenhearted; the charge is to willingly lift those that believe that they are at the end of their rope. We must daily and prayerfully call to the awesome God we serve and confess in our hearts, that because of God’s grace, I’ve Got the Power to do more!

What we learn in the brief Lukan message, is it is one thing to be anointed but quite another to inhibit and actualize the powerful reality of who you are in Christ and what he wants to achieve through you.  Jesus was announcing in essence:

“I’ve got the power to bring good news to the poor;

 I’ve got the power to release the captives;

 I’ve got the power to recover sight for the spiritually blind;

 I’ve got the power to liberate the oppressed

 and I’ve got the power to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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