The Pursuit of Power
| Did you know there is ONE pursuit above all others that this world is after?
More than money, more than sex, more than anything...it is the pursuit of the
ages – it is the PURSUIT OF POWER!
In one form or another, everything this world seeks boils down to the pursuit of
In Acts 8:9-24, Peter and the other apostles were experiencing signs, wonders,
and miracles after the resurrection of Jesus. A wealthy man named Simon,
recognized with worldly power, saw the real power of God flow through the
apostles' hands and then offered MONEY to HAVE THE POWER OF GOD. Of course,
Peter, in his own subtle and soft-spoken way, responded by saying, “May your
silver perish with you for thinking that you can obtain the gift of God with
So we see here that the power of God is far more valuable than money. In fact,
people often use money to obtain power. The power we're talking about here,
however, is priceless.
The Lord put on my heart to share with how to release the power of the Holy
Spirit in your life every day and in every situation.
In a sense, there's nothing wrong with the world seeking power – it's something
God intended for us to walk in. However, He didn't intend for us to get it the
way the world does.
True power – the power to be healed, the power over life's circumstances, the
power over our enemies, the power to have joy, peace, and prosperity – COMES
FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT.
“And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you....”( Acts
1:8) The word “power” here comes from the word “dunamis” – the root word for our
word “dynamite.” It means ability, might, mighty works, miracles, strength,
dominion, and authority.
Why is it so important that we have power?
First , because every negative emotion that we face in our lives comes from a
sense of powerlessness. For example, if we don't feel we have the power to
change something, it can cause depression . If we don't have the power to
reconcile a relationship, it can cause anger or bitterness. If we don't have the
power to get ahead, it can turn into jealousy. When we feel powerless over the
future, it leads to fear. And the list goes on.
Secondly, every negative circumstance we face in life comes from this same
powerlessness...the inability to do anything about the situation we're in; the
inability to change things.
The Holy Spirit solves our deepest need in our emotions and in our
circumstances: to be free from powerlessness!
Look at John 16:13 which says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own
authority; but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can know what is to come. Think of the
benefits of knowing the things that are going to come:
You will be free from fear and stress, because uncertainty is eliminated.
You can know what to pray about and how to pray effectively.
You can change the things that the Holy Spirit shows you to change.
You can help others prepare for the future by knowing what is to come.
Often, the Holy Spirit will show us what is to come so we can pray and change
it. There are certain things He is warning us of that we have power to do
something about through prayer.
The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God in our lives! When God said, “I will
never leave you or forsake you,” He had His Holy Spirit in mind. The Holy Spirit
is: God with us...God in us... God for us... God through us.
And when He is operating in our lives the way He desires, several things happen.
Six results of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life are:
The blessing of God in your household. (2 Samuel 6:1-11) When the Ark of God's
presence was in the house of Obed-Edom, his whole household was abundantly
Supernatural guidance and fellowship with God will be yours. (Exodus 40:36-38,
The hard-to-move mountains in your life will melt like wax. (Psalm 97:5)
Joy, laughter and pleasure will be yours. (Psalm 16:11 and 21:6)
Your enemies will fall and perish. (Psalm 9:3)
Time of refreshing and restoration will come. (Acts 3:19-20)
Now, how do we RELEASE THIS POWER AND PRESENCE in our every day lives? Very
By our words. As we speak the Word of God out of our mouths on a regular basis,
the Holy Spirit takes those Words and brings them to pass. Acts 10:44 says,
“While he spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were
Pray in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:2, Romans 8:26-27 – As we pray in tongues, the
Holy Spirit is strengthening us and praying God's perfect will through our
lives! The will of God in heaven penetrates and invades the earth as we pray in
our heavenly language, even in the face of earthly circumstances and uncertain
Obedience to God. Acts 5:32 says He gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him.
Of course, we know that the Holy Spirit is a gift, but as we obey God, the power
of the Holy Spirit is released into our lives.
Giving. In Acts 10:3-4, Cornelius gets the attention of God through his prayers
and his continual giving of alms. It was through his giving that the gospel was
brought to his household and the non-Jewish world. It was in this chapter that
Cornielius became the first Gentile believer to be filled with the power of the
Holy Spirit! As a result, an entire region of the world was opened up to the
gospel through his giving!
By getting this understanding about the power of God for your life and by
releasing more of His power into your life by giving into the gospel, you will
realize that God wants to do more in your life through the Holy Spirit beginning
And don't forget, He will never leave you or forsake you!
Releasing the Power of the Holy Spirit
by Gregory Dickow