“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5, NLT)
“You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. 2 I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did — Jesus crucified. 3 I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate — I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it — 4 and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, 5 which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5, The Message)
My prayer and my desire is to see such a demonstration of God’s power, that our faith would be a response to this demonstration of power, not a response to man’s words. I’ve sensed a stirring happening in the spiritual realm, a stirring of God’s power that is a result of praying people who are desiring for more of God.
I pray that through my writings, your faith isn’t built simply on my words, but on the demonstration of God’s power that you see in your life that line up with my words. I’ve always prayed before any sermon I preached that God’s power would show up because my words flow through an inadequate vessel. I want the message to come through the power of God demonstrated.
Faith is a response to God’s power. Words only do so much for so long, we must see a demonstration of God’s power to really build our faith. I hope you will make it your prayer as well that the power of God will begin to show up in our lives every day. This is the awakening I’ve been speaking of, it’s an awakening of God’s power that will build faith and as it does, we will become unstoppable.
“But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:6, NLT) As we see an increase of God’s power, we see an increase of faith and we will see miracles such as this one in Acts.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see God’s power move like never before.