"The heaven of heavens is for God, but he put us in charge of the earth." - Psalm 115:16
If God has put us in charge of the earth, then surely we have power to influence everything that goes on. Are we tapping into this power? Do we fully understand the gravity of what God has allowed us to do?
From the beginning of humanity, God created us to reign over all the earth in the image of his likeness (Genesis 1:26). This idea is repeated throughout the Bible: because we are made in the image of God, we have power like Him. In our lives, this depends on whether we are led by the Holy Spirit and the strength of our faith.
My notes from a session led by Pastor Ade on 28/02/2015
1. The principle of man's power culminates in the ultimate example of Jesus:
We see throughout the Bible God working his plan through people. In theory he could just make things happen, (for example, he could simply have picked the Israelites from Egypt and dropped them in the promised land) instead he chose to work through Moses, Aaron and others - adhering to the principle that he established in Genesis 1:26. God sticks to his principles, so we should be confident in this.
- This doesn't mean God is incapable of working on earth, but he chose to give us this level of power. While God has sovereign reign, he has entrusted it to us as stewards of the earth.
- According to this same principle, because God delegated complete power to humans, it's only logical that Jesus came in human form. He could only have the impact that he did during his life and through the resurrection as a man.
- Jesus himself echoes this in Mark 11:22-24 - while God created the earth and all the mountains, "whoever" tells the mountain to move can surely move it. Despite God creating the earth and all that is in it, we have power over this creation. Such an honour.
- The perfect way to see how our words become reality is how "the Word became flesh" (John 1:14) through Jesus. This happens repeatedly in our life, the words we speak unto ourselves and our situations become reality.
- In conclusion, we have been given power to control what happens on earth through the words we speak.
2. The type of power (good vs. bad) is dependent who we reflect
A key element here is that while we have this power, it is only a reflection of what persuades/influences us - either the devil/the world or the Spirit of God. So, we must try to align what we speak with God's will and his Word.
- Satan has no power over the earth, but he does have the power of persuasion - which he used in the Garden of Eden and has been using since. He gets into the minds, hearts and Spirits of humans who then use their power for evil instead of good.
- We should be encouraged by this though, because it means we are more powerful than satan/the world and can use our God-given strength for good. (1 John 4:4)
- As Christians we have the knowledge and freedom to operate by God's Spirit, we are no longer bound by the influence or persuasion of the world. It is not something we have to acquire, as this freedom is an intrinsic part of what it means to be saved - it comes through the faith has already given to us.
3. We tap into this power by praying with unwavering faith
Faith is a crucial tool to unlocking this power, we have to speak with unmoving belief in what we're really saying, to see results.
- An example of this is in Mark 11 as mentioned before, Jesus highlights that a mountain will only be moved by someone who "does not doubt at all in his heart" - v23
- Similarly, "be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind." - James 1:6
But where do we actually get this unshakeable faith from? We already have it. It was given to us when we got saved, we have the "spirit of faith" from God so we can "believe and therefore speak" - 2 Corinthians 4:13
As 2 Peter 1:3-4 reminds us:
"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires." (NLT)
Discussion session, some questions I had:
Q: I have a hard time understanding if every promise in the Bible - especially the old testament - is for me.
A: Many of the promises in God's Word are for the people of Israel and we know that through Christ, we are God's chosen people. By this principle, we can have full confidence that we are part of the recipients of these promises. Paul reminds us that "all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory." - 2 Corinthians 1:20
Q: So does this mean we are able to control our illnesses? How come Christians still get sick?
I was then asked: "do you get sick?" yes "do you believe you will be sick in future?"... I said, that's life (surely?) "there we are, you've said it yourself - you believe part of life is sickness"
- That was quite radical, I believe(d) sickness was part of life, but maybe if I was more faith-filled and less 'realistic' I wouldn't even entertain the thought of illness...
- It's quite a difficult thing to digest in general, to entertain the idea that loved ones could have been in more control of their sickness. One thing to remember is that there is not always one cause or a consistent reason for why things happen. This may just be one of the many reasons why believers fall ill.
- Finally, we can't look at the lives of other Christians because we don't know the intricacies of what they believe. While from the outside I look like the same Christian I was last year, I can tell you my beliefs are radically different from what they once were - for example, I had no idea that with God we have so much power
© Noterie, 2015