Releasing His Power

“Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)

So many time as Christians we go to God with our petitions and ask for things that He has already provided us with. In times of sickness we ask for healing. We find ourselves in financial tough times and ask for prosperity. There are many things that we petition the Lord for that He as Jehovah Jireh has already released to us. Psalm 23 is one of the favorite Psalms in the Bible, yet we have missed the meaning of the first verse. “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

What part of that verse are we missing? The Lord is our shepherd and we shall not want. We have what we need before we even ask. God loves His children and He is the provider of all that we need. We should know this because His Word tells us so. (2 Peter 1:3) Some may be saying right now I have the doctor’s report that says that I need healing. I have my bank account in front of me that shows overcharges. The truth is, the overriding of natural facts is, God has already given what we need. The only thing that we may be lacking in is the knowledge that points to this truth.

Many Christians believe that God can do anything. “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) Then these same Christians do not believe that God has done very much. They spend much of their time trying to get God to do something. They are asking God to bring a great revival, to give them healing, or to bless them with prosperity, and so forth with other requests. They move from prayer to prayer asking God for something that they already have. Paul writes to the Ephesians, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)

Paul is telling us in this verse that we already have all the spiritual blessings. In this light the average Christian starts from the position of asking God for something that He has already given. In example when there is sickness they ask God to give them healing. The truth is that on the cross Jesus bore our sins that we may be righteous and received the wounds to His body that we would be healed. “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) They see themselves as being sick instead of healed. Their prayers are prayed moving towards victory instead of coming from victory. We plead to God when we should be praising Him for what He has done in our lives.

We pray for our brothers and sister in the faith who are faced with a terminal illness that God would spear their life. They are praying in fear of death’s victory instead of the knowledge that God has already raised them for the grave in the power of His Son Jesus Christ our Savior. “And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:19-20)

We are fighting for things we already have when we should be releasing what has already been given. If we cannot understand this concept then this is the reason that we are not receiving answers from God. We need to seek a revelation on this that we are blessed with all the spiritual blessings, every one of them. We are spirit, soul and body and God is a Spirit. When we worship Him we worship Him is spirit. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) When God moves He moves in the spiritual realm.

If we are to see a physical manifestation of what God has done in the spiritual realm, then it will depend on how we act in faith and not on what He has done. It is not for the Lord to heal us, as He has already healed us. (1 Peter 2:24) It is up to us to release the miraculous power from within us that His Spirit has given. When we find ourselves in a down day we all too often embrace discouragement, despair, and hopelessness. We might ask God to pour out His presence upon us and then ask where it is. If we find ourselves in discouragement, despair, and hopelessness, then we need to speak to the things that He has already given in the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) When we ask God for things that He has given we are assuming that it is God’s fault that we don’t feel them.

If we are feeling unloved by God it is because we are not speaking His love and releasing it in our life. God is love and He loves you and me and everyone else. Why on this day would He withdraw His love from you, or have you blocked its release. Why would you be the only person in the world that God does not love? In the spiritual realm God has poured out His love toward you, speak to His love and release it. “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

When you know that you have something it is a great relief. It takes away the condemnation, it puts away the struggle, and it prohibits the legalistic mentality that we have to earn it. If we believe the Word of God and act on it in faith, then it takes out the doubt in our minds and releases us to walk in that faith and not by our sight.

Let’s look again at this verse. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) This verse says that our spiritual blessings are in the heavenly places in Christ. They are also in you as you are in Christ. Which flows into the following verse. “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love.” (Ephesians 1:4)

There is power through our intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. But too many Christians are missing it. We have to believe in our heart and confess with our mouth the truth of God in our spirit. We must move from a position of unbelief and move to a position of confession of His truth. The power is in our belief and confession. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21) Speak death to your sickness and command it to leave, speak to the life that is on your inside to release its flow to your body. This is the way to cooperate with God and release that which He has already given.

Anyone can believe what is perceived by the five senses but in faith we can believe what cannot be seen but is just as real. There is a spirit inside of you and there is a spiritual realm where God has already done His part for you. If you do not relate to it in the proper way, then your Christian walk is going to be hit and miss. God has already done His part in the spiritual realm so it is not getting God to move in your life. It is a question of moving into agreement with Him and releasing what He has already given you. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:3-21)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, October 12, 2016

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