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Coming out the wilderness with "Authority and Demonstration of Power"

Posted on 23 August, 2011 at 3:58
I have been studying the following scripture, Ephesians 1:17-23, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
 
The Holy Spirit led me to give intense focus on verses 22-23: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
 
The all things spoken of in the above referenced scripture in verses 21-22, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.
 
Now, some of us identifies church as a building that we go to on Sunday mornings or whatever your day of worship.  The truth of the matter is that while most people identify the word "church" with a building or maybe even a denomination, the meaning of the Greek word for "church" in the New Testament is an assembly of people, all though it referenced assembly three times out of 114 times it indicates church as a group of baptized believers.  
 
When Jesus told His disciples that He would build His "church" He did not mean a building or organization but simply a group of people redeemed from sin by His sacrificial death or a group of born again, baptized believers.
 
The Greek word "ecclesia" is originally defined as: "The called-out (ones)" [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. The word was used to indicate a civil body of select (called, elected) people; (called out –ones) later translation as church.
 
This was very important for me to differentiate the church building  vs. a group of baptized believers (people) in Christ Jesus because when we look at verse 23, it says, 23Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all; the end of verse 22 says, … and him to be the head over all things to the church. I hope you’re following me.  This verse is not talking about Christ filling himself in a building but in the individual person(s), baptized believer(s) in Christ Jesus. Therefore, my point is this, if God made Christ 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all; --we as believers have this great Power of Christ dwelling on the inside of us.
 
This is far more Power than just singing a song about “all things under my feet.”  We as believers, has got to learn to be equipped and use this DUNAMIS POWER”within us to be able to stand against the wiles of the enemy ; moreover, to be fully equipped with the wisdom, knowledge and revelation of who we are in Christ to demonstrate the Dunamis Power of Christ in our lives and in the lives of other believers.  This is the Kingdom of God, it is with “Authority, and Dunamis Power with Demonstration in Chris Jesus manifested through the lives of the believer.”  Believers ought to be full of faith and power.
 
Jesus did far more than just preach the Gospel; he also, healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, open blind eyes, raised the dead, and cast out demons etc.  As saints, we at times expect Christ alone to do things that he has given us the power to do with the indwelling of the power of his Holy Spirit.  God has given this power through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to all believers, not just to the apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors and teachers.
 
Now, when one first believe (give their life to Christ making Him their Lord and Savior), it’s important for that believer to join a local assembly of believers (what we now call the church). 
 
Ephesians 4: 8-16 tells us why, wherefore, he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
 
As the Holy Spirit gave me the title for this post, I thought about Jesus’ days in the wilderness and my current days in the wilderness.  The wilderness is a season of intense trials in one’s life. Often times, you don’t have many people around you. I view it as a time of intense testing of your faith, for some, right before you are sent forth by God to do miraculous work in His son Jesus name. Jesus himself performed his first miracle after he came out of the wilderness by changing water into wine.  I’ve come to believe that each individual has a set time for their time spent in the wilderness.  I believe we can over extend our time by not exercising our faith and/or giving up the good fight of faith.
 
Mathew 4:1 says, “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” This had followed immediately after his baptism.  For 40 days and 40 nights, Jesus went through a series of temptations from Satan to get him to sin against God.  But there was no sin in Jesus.  Unlike the first man Adam whom satan tempted and caused him to fall and bring sin and death to all humanity.  Thank God for sending his only begotten son Jesus whom came that we might have life and life more abundantly and eternal life to whoever believes. 
 
Jesus fought the temptations of Satan by using the Word of God against satan. This is a lesson for all believers on what to do when we are under temptations of satan. The Word of God says, resist the devil and he will flee.  Jesus gave us a clear example on how to resist the devil; it is through speaking the Word of God.  Just aying “I plead the Blood of Jesus” is not enough, but “Applying the Word of God” to your situation is what’s effective in your battle over resisting temptation as it was for Jesus.
 
I hear in my spirit “No more shucking and jiving”; The Holy Spirit is saying, “I have great and mighty exploits for you to do and souls are thirsty and waiting for your anointing I have placed in you and over your life.”
 
O.K. readers, I’m telling the truth and freeing myself, I really didn’t want to include “shucking and jiving”, but this is what my spirit is saying to me, and I’m really trying to be transparent. The Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit, but never ever contrary to the Word of God; I hear the Holy Spirit saying to me “be a doer of the Word and not just a hearer only.”
 
Glory be to God for not giving up on me!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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