Kingdom Of Power

The Gospel is a source of salvation for all who embrace it. It is important to reiterate that the gospel is synonymous with good news – it does not convey bad tidings. In fact, it is a manifestation of the power of God...........

January 8, 2024

Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

The Gospel is a source of salvation for all who embrace it. It is important to reiterate that the gospel is synonymous with good news – it does not convey bad tidings. In fact, it is a manifestation of the power of God.

However, one may wonder why the Apostle Paul specifically emphasizes not being ashamed of the gospel. The reason lies in the fact that some individuals feel hesitant or embarrassed about embracing the gospel. The hesitation may stem from the external appearance of the gospel, which may not seem immediately glorious. Yet, it is crucial to recognize that within the gospel resides the undeniable power of God.

Therefore, despite any initial reservations based on appearances, the gospel remains a profound force for salvation, accessible to all who believe. If you look beyond the outward appearance, you’ll discover the unleashed power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18: For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The gospel’s seeming lack of glory and the reluctance of some to embrace it can be attributed to the central image of the cross. Traditionally, the cross was a symbol associated with guilt, shame, fear, death, and condemnation. In Roman times, crucifixions were public spectacles, strategically placed on high mountains to serve as a constant reminder of the consequences of treason against the Romans.

Consider the vivid imagery of a person on the cross – not merely bound by ropes but nailed through their hands and feet, completely exposed and vulnerable. The crucifixion scene was intentionally designed to evoke terror and shame. However, Jesus, by redeeming the symbol of shame, guilt, fear, and condemnation, transformed the narrative.

The cross, once a trigger for negative emotions, became a powerful symbol of redemption. If Jesus could redeem something as laden with negative connotations as the cross, then there is nothing in your life that He cannot redeem. The cross, once a source of shame, guilt, fear, and death, has been transformed by God into a source of joy, peace, righteousness, and love. It serves as a profound reminder of God’s ability to turn what was meant for evil into something beautiful and redemptive.

Turn to someone nearby and say, “If you have ears, listen.” Jesus often uttered this phrase, and it might seem like common sense, but there’s a profound truth behind it. When the gospel is proclaimed, having ears is not enough; true listening requires openness and receptivity.

Consider the significance of trigger points in your life—those reminders of shame, fear, guilt, or past traumas. Just as God redeemed the symbol of the cross, I prophetically declare over your life that any trigger point holding negative emotions will be redeemed by the blood of Jesus. What once caused pain and distress will now bring forth joy, peace, and love. Our Heavenly Father, in His goodness, can redeem everything through the power of Jesus’ blood.

Nothing is beyond redemption through the blood of Jesus. No past mistake or future error is beyond His reach. Paul’s declaration, “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” resonates because he looked beyond the apparent negativity and saw the power of God. This power, as Paul emphasizes, is not confined to forgiveness of sins—it extends into salvation. Healing becomes the tangible evidence that God has forgiven sins.

Now, picture the scene where Jesus is teaching, and a crowd surrounds Him. Among them is a paralytic man desperately seeking proximity to Jesus but hindered by the dense crowd. However, his friends devise a unique plan – they dismantle the roof of the place where Jesus is teaching and lower the paralyzed man down. Gratitude wells up for such friends, whose determination knows no bounds. Amen to such companions!

As Jesus is poised to heal the paralyzed man, a mixture of amazement and skepticism fills the air. Some question what Jesus will do. To address this, Jesus poses a thought-provoking question: “Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to heal the person?” This question holds profound meaning. The people of that time understood that prophets could heal, a feat within human capacity, but only God could truly forgive sins.

To substantiate His claim, Jesus first declares, “Your sins are forgiven,” demonstrating the authority and divinity that only God possesses. Then, to manifest the connection between forgiveness and healing, He commands the paralytic to rise up and walk. This underscores a crucial truth – healing serves as evidence of forgiveness. The order is intentional, emphasizing that internal transformation precedes external manifestation.

Consider the story of Naaman, a Syrian commander afflicted with leprosy. Desperate for a cure, he seeks out the prophet Elijah, but surprisingly, Elijah doesn’t meet him in person. Instead, Elijah sends a messenger with a specific message. When Naaman encounters the messenger, he’s initially offended. The reason? Naaman arrives with an impressive entourage, expecting a grand spectacle, yet the prophet doesn’t even greet him. The messenger relays the prophet’s instructions: if Naaman dips seven times in the Jordan River, he will be healed and cleansed.

Naaman’s reaction is unexpected – he becomes deeply upset. Why? The solution presented doesn’t align with his expectations. He anticipates a dramatic display, perhaps a miraculous gesture from the prophet. Some of us may miss our healing because we cling to preconceived notions, waiting for God to act according to our specific expectations. It’s crucial to let go of narrow-minded thinking and embrace the boundless creativity of God. His ways may not conform to our predetermined rule book of miracles, but His plans are vast and limitless.

Consider Naaman’s response to the simple instructions: go to the Jordan, dip seven times, and be healed. Despite the prophet’s spoken word of healing, Naaman is so offended that he contemplates leaving without receiving his healing. His offense stems from Elijah’s apparent lack of personal attention and the straightforward nature of the solution. Naaman expected a certain protocol, a recognition of his status as the great commander of Syria.

Naaman received what he desired, but not in the manner he initially envisioned. Are you grasping this profound truth? Naaman almost forfeited his healing due to offense. Consider this: God desires to heal, restore, and redeem you, but the question is, are you willing to let go? How many times has healing knocked on your door, only for you to reject it because of offense?

Initially, he dismissed the words of the messenger. But his servants intervened, asking him, “What’s the big deal, Master? Just take seven dips in the river.” Naaman, heeding their counsel, released the offense. Consequently, he approached the Jordan River, taking each dip as instructed. The process began: first dip, nothing happened; second dip, nothing happened; third dip, still nothing. Some of you might find yourselves in a similar position, questioning and seeking understanding before obeying instructions. However, in the kingdom,

Understanding often follows obedience.

Consider this truth: you might not comprehend every instruction from the Lord immediately. However, if you obey, your capacity to understand will increase over time. Naaman, despite not understanding the intricacies of his healing, obediently took the fourth, fifth, and sixth dips – no immediate change. He could have given up, but he persevered. It was on the seventh dip that complete healing manifested.

It’s not your obedience that brings healing; it is the word of the Lord. Your obedience is the channel through which God’s purposes are fulfilled in the world.

Luke chapter 4, where Jesus is activated into ministry. Emerging from a 40-day wilderness temptation, the scripture notes that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit. Returning to Galilee, he commenced a series of miracles. However, an intriguing shift occurs when the people, recognizing him as Joseph and Mary’s son, undergo a transformation within themselves.

Mark 6:5 – And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.

This passage challenges the common perception that God, being almighty and powerful, can do anything. It emphasizes that one can limit the hand of God through their thinking. An example from Psalms illustrates this limitation, stating that the people tested God in the wilderness, constraining His hand.

Unbelief is regarded as rebellion. Reflecting on the Israelites’ journey from slavery in Egypt, we observe a paradox. Though skilled in building pyramids, they lacked the mindset to possess cities. When God directed them in Deuteronomy 1 to enter and possess the land, their response was, “No, we can’t do this.” Despite the apparent logic of their situation, God viewed it as rebellion. God, being empathetic, also sees rebellion when we don’t align ourselves with His promises. If God declares His choice over you, refusing to believe due to feelings of inadequacy is still considered rebellion.

Now, let’s return to the story of Jesus. Upon learning that he was Joseph’s son, the people were offended. Their skepticism arose from the perception that Jesus, coming from Nazareth, lacked a royal or prophetic lineage. It’s a reminder that preconceived notions and unbelief can limit the manifestation of God’s power in our lives.

The people in Jesus’ hometown were unaware that he was born in Bethlehem, and their incomplete information led them to be offended by his miraculous deeds. The Scripture notes that Jesus could do no mighty work there, except for healing a few sick people by laying hands on them. The Greek term for “sick” in this context is “Atos,” referring to individuals in a state of deep unconsciousness, akin to those in a coma.

Jesus could only perform healing on those in an unconscious state because the conscious, offended individuals could not receive the healing.

This passage sheds light on a common hindrance to receiving God’s healing – a logical, conscious mind. The Lord once told me, “I can do more through you when you’re asleep than when you’re awake because your awakened mind can limit My hand.” So, overcoming offense is crucial. If you’re expecting a miraculous move from God, let go of offense, unforgiveness, and bitterness to allow His power to flow through your life.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God.” The Greek word for power is “dunamis,” from which we get the word “dynamite.” Paul is asserting that the gospel is God’s dynamite power – a force that has the potential to impact not just one generation but many. He compares it to an atomic bomb, capable of destroying cities and leaving a lasting impact for generations. The gospel is God’s atomic power, holding immeasurable potential.

Where does this power reside? It is in God’s Word, for the gospel is God’s Word. Recognizing the transformative power of the gospel encourages us to embrace it without reservation, understanding that it has the capacity to bring about profound change in our lives and the lives of others.

Jesus, in his preaching, delivered a straightforward message: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is here.” This simple call to change one’s mind carried profound implications, offering access to the kingdom. As evidence of his words, Jesus healed the sick, leaving those who witnessed in awe of the power and authority emanating from his teachings.

This power in God’s Word is further exemplified by Peter’s preaching on Pentecost. His message led to the salvation of 3000 people, illustrating the extraordinary impact of the gospel. The gospel requires no additions; it is inherently the power of God. When proclaimed, the power of God is released.

Consider this analogy: having a gun alone is insufficient; you need a bullet and must pull the trigger. Similarly, possessing the gospel is not enough; you must proclaim it. Do not shy away or be ashamed, for the gospel is the power of God. When you speak it, God backs it up. Just as a letter from the prime minister holds the same power regardless of the messenger delivering it, the potency of the gospel lies in the message itself, not the messenger.

Recognize that you and I are mere messengers; the power comes from the One who sends the message. Do not overly concern yourself with credibility, for God often uses the foolish and the weak to confound the wise and the strong. Embrace the lack of credibility, as it allows the power of God to work through you unimpeded. Grasp this key criteria to experience God’s power: proclaim the gospel boldly, for it is the power of God unto salvation.

2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

God’s grace is more than enough for you—think of it like driving a scooter with the power of a jet engine. While the technical details may need to be worked out later, the analogy highlights that you have more than enough power. The grace God has given you is more than sufficient.

So, he emphasizes, “My grace is sufficient for you. For it is in your weakness that my power is perfected.” The criteria to receive God’s power is to be weak. If you believe you are strong, you may struggle to receive God’s power. There’s something about weakness that attracts God’s strength.

How many weak people are here today? God’s strength is perfected in your life. Forget about your background, education, or limited knowledge of the Bible. If you are weak and available, God’s power can be perfected in you. The Bible teaches that the same spirit of God that raised Christ from the dead gives life to your mortal bodies. I praise God for specifying “mortal bodies.” Consider the areas of your body where you feel sick and weak, and know that the same spirit has the power of resurrection within you.

I’m affirming to you that God’s power is drawn to those specific areas to bring complete restoration. Adam was referred to as the living soul, while Christ is known as the life-giving spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

it states that you are a new species in Christ—a species that did not exist before. You are no longer in the image of Adam; you are in the image of Christ, possessing the same life that Jesus has. He imparts life to your mortal bodies.

Right now, I declare supernatural strength into your bodies. Whenever I contemplate this, I visualize a simple analogy. Picture an electrical socket. If you were to insert your pinky finger, turn it on, it doesn’t matter who you are—your background, gender, education, or wealth—you will be electrocuted. I assure you, this is a guarantee. However, this is not an encouragement to try it at home. Similarly, you have been plugged into the life source of heaven. You have been redeemed from the power of darkness and connected to the life source we call God.

Psalm 103 begins with a powerful call to bless the Lord with all one’s being.

Psalm 103:1-5 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The first incredible benefit is the forgiveness of all iniquities. The beauty lies in the universality of the term “all” in both Hebrew and Greek, signifying that every iniquity is forgiven—a profound gift from God.

The second blessing follows as He heals all diseases, a stacked blessing awaiting understanding and recognition.

The third benefit involves the redemption of one’s life from the pit, transforming it into something entirely new. Regardless of background or past, God shapes and redeems lives. Moreover, He crowns individuals with steadfast love and mercy, going beyond merely balancing the books but showering them with immeasurable love.

These blessings culminate in the assurance that one can be satisfied with good things. Beyond personal desires, it is the Father’s wish for His children to find contentment through forgiveness, healing, redemption, and being crowned with love and mercy.

A profound promise awaits those who experience these five benefits—the renewal of youth like the eagles. Regardless of age, God holds the power to rejuvenate and lift individuals to new heights.

In Jewish understanding, when an eagle reaches 40, it faces challenges such as heavy wings, long nails, and a bent beak, signaling the need for renewal. Despite having the potential to live up to 70 years, at this juncture, the eagle has two choices. It can either accept its current state and gradually decline or embark on a transformative journey by ascending a high mountain. The mountain serves as a safe haven, protecting the eagle from potential enemies during the five-month process of renewal.

During this renewal period, the eagle undergoes a painful but essential transformation. Initially, it relentlessly strikes its beak against a rock until it breaks. This signifies a crucial step in the renewal process. The eagle patiently awaits the growth of a new beak, which will take time.

With the new beak, the eagle then proceeds to break its nails, a process that may not be aesthetically pleasing but is necessary for its restoration. As the new nails begin to emerge, the eagle meticulously removes its old feathers one by one. Though the appearance may not be glamorous during this stage, it is a vital part of the renewal process.

The eagle, now transformed, symbolizes the journey each person takes on the mountain of God, representing the presence of the Almighty. The psalmist’s call to “bless the Lord, O my soul” is an invitation to the mountain, a place where one can experience renewal. While familiar with the gospel, individuals may find that their minds need refreshing—a process that involves acknowledging God’s forgiveness for all iniquities and healing for all diseases.

The path of forgiveness may be challenging and painful, yet by remaining in the process, one emerges from God’s presence renewed and transformed. The old mindset is crucified, replaced by a new mind and a new heart. Just as the eagle on the mountain undergoes a remarkable renewal, individuals, too, can experience a spiritual rebirth in the presence of God.

Upon renewing your mind, the Bible declares that you receive a new body. The transformative process is not merely internal; it extends to the external, as emphasized in the scripture urging believers not to conform to the world’s patterns but to be transformed by the renewal of their minds. The term “transformed” used here is the same word used for transfigured, as seen in Jesus’ transfiguration. This transformation is so profound that it manifests visibly, even on one’s clothes.

God has the potential to transform you from the inside out, causing the change to become evident in your external appearance. This is akin to the apostles whose clothes carried such a powerful anointing that people were healed by merely touching them. The glory within you has the capacity to flow outward, leaving a trail of healing and deliverance wherever you go.

Every step you take becomes a path for healing, peace, and freedom from demonic oppression. The atomic power of God within you has the ability to influence your surroundings positively. Your connection to the life source is established by Jesus, but the choice to activate it lies in your mind and heart. When you decide to allow the power of God to flow through your life, it starts with a conscious switch in your mind and begins to radiate through your actions.

The enemy, aware of the power you carry, will attempt various tactics to keep that power switched off. Condemnation, sin, shame, and guilt are among the tools he employs to hinder you. However, you need to recognize that the devil possesses a deeper understanding of your potential than you might be aware of. Since your birth, he has bombarded you with lies to limit your potential. If the devil throws accusations at you, acknowledge your weaknesses but affirm that the power of God works through you. Admit your limitations but declare your reliance on the One who can accomplish great things through your life.

It’s not about me; it’s everything about Jesus working through me. I acknowledge my inability, but I affirm that Jesus can and will work through me. Right now, I declare my surrender to Jesus, inviting His flow in the name of Jesus.

The kingdom of God resides within you, and when it manifests, it brings the reality of righteousness, peace, joy, love, and power. This power enables you to trample over serpents, break every chain, and crush obstacles. I proclaim activation in your life to boldly proclaim the gospel. Receive the boldness to preach without fear or guilt.

I hear the Lord saying, “Have I not commanded you? Stand tall and courageous, for as I was with Moses, I shall be with you.” I release the spirit of boldness over your life to proclaim the gospel unashamedly.

2 Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
There’s an invaluable treasure of God’s power within. Embrace the cracks and imperfections, for they can be the conduits through which God’s glory flows.

The very challenges the devil uses to condemn and limit you can become opportunities for God’s glory to shine. Your weaknesses, offenses, betrayals, and even sickness can be the cracks through which the Holy Spirit’s power is released. Stand unashamed, boldly declaring to the devil, “Bring it on,” for whatever he brings cannot stand against the treasure of God within you. Every imperfection in your flesh is a channel for the Holy Spirit to flow in and through your life.

About the author

Samuel Thomas

Samuel is a second-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. He has been the pastor of Lighthouse Church since 2017 with a two-word mission statement: transforming lives. Samuel's priority in life has been to know Christ and to grow deeper in His love.

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