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THE FINGER OF GOD - THE POWER OF GOD

Exodus 8:18- 19 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

Luke 11:20  But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. 

It was by the "finger of God", that God through Moses judged Egypt, it is by the same finger of God that the Church will cause the people of the world to be set free from the bondage of Satan. the finger is referring to the power of the Holy Spirit. it is very important at this time for believers to understand what power has been made available to us for our witness.

Ephesians 1:17-19 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 
the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us, the ones believing according to the working of His mighty strength.

THE KINGDOM COMES BY POWER

          ...for thine is the kingdom, THE POWER and the glory

The kingdom of God comes by the manifestation of power, Jesus was declared to be the son of God with power Romans 1:14, he was anointed with the holy ghost and power, and he went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed of the devil Acts 10:38, he announced " you shall receive power, after that the holy ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses of me... (from your local community to the ends of the world) Acts 1:8, he said behold i give you power to thread upon serpents and scorpions, and over every power of the enemy and they shall by no means hurt you Luke 10:19, all power in heaven and on earth has been given to him, he even has the keys of hell and death, our kingdom is a kingdom of power, and dominion over all the realms of God.

1 Corinthian 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 

THE PURPOSE OF THE POWER

The purpose of the kingdom power is to reveal Christ and establish the kingdom (by establishing, his righteousness, peace and joy)

The power of the kingdom belongs to the king of the kingdom, and must be used for his purposes alone, it must not be used to validate any man or his ministry, it is not an endorsement for a mans holiness on spiritual status, as the lords prayers states ... thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory... they all belong to him, and we belong to him!

The power of the kingdom is to set people free to know and serve God, it is to free people spirit soul and body from the effects of sin. it is to cure them of diseases and to give them liberty from the devils strangle-hold, it is the power of God unto salvation, to all of those who believe, to the Jew first, and them to the gentile.

Acts 10:38  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him

THE MANIFESTATION OF THE POWER

1 Corinthian 12:4 - 14 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.

The Holy Ghost is the power house of Gods holy invasion of the earth, he is responsible for energizing the expansion of the kingdom. what we call the gifts of the spirit is actually more precisely the manifestation of the spirit. i.e it is the way the holy spirit chooses to manifest the powers of the kingdom through the believer.

THE OPERATION OF THE POWER

The power expresses itself in utterance, revelation and performance.

Utterance - Prophecy, Divers Tongues and Interpretation of tongues

The kingdom is announced by words, prophecy is words spoken under the inspiration of the holy spirit, it can either be in a known language or in an unknown language. prophecy always serves the function to encourage, to build faith, and to comfort the believers.

When spoken in an unknown language then the spirit also empowers interpretation, when tongues is spoken it can accomplish various purposes, this is why it is called divers (varied) kinds of tongues, because it does different things. as below

Tongues is used as a prayer language
Tongues is used by the spirit to communicate through believers to other believers
Unutterable tongues and groaning is used by the spirit through our spirits to intercede.

Revelation - Words of knowledge, Words of wisdom, Discerning of spirit

Ability to see things to come and things past hidden from our minds and to distinguish between spirits in operations, is necessary for the body of Christ. revelation gives you access to information about things, past and future and glimpses into what is operating behind the curtains. most of humanity is totally oblivious of spiritual operations.

Performance - Gifts of faith, working of miracles, gifts of healing

having specific information about issues, and having utterance are not enough except you can do something about what is being revealed.

the power to heal is the God given ability to accelerate the healing process in an infirm body and also to halt demonic oppression, the power to work miracles is the ability to suspend the laws of nature to meet a need, give a sign or accomplish an objective, the gift of faith is the ability to cause supernatural events to occur using faith so much bigger than ours (Gods)

THE MOTIVE OF THE POWER - LOVE

1 Corinthians 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 

After the itemization on the manifestations of the spirit, Paul advises us to covet earnestly the best gifts, but show them a more excellent way, this way is the way of Love.

Love for God, and love for humanity for Gods sake is the only and highest motive for desiring and manifesting this gifts, Love is what conquers the world!

1 Corinthians 13:1 - 8 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I have become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have prophecies, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to move mountains, and do not have charity, I am nothing. And though I give out all my goods to feed the poor, and though I deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, I am profited nothing. 
Charity has patience, is kind; charity is not envious, is not vain, is not puffed up; 
does not behave indecently, does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. 
Charity does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth, 
quietly covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
Charity never fails. But if there are prophecies, they will be abolished; if tongues, they shall cease; if knowledge, it will be abolished.

ARENA OF DEMONSTRATION

Most believers assume that the arena of demonstration of the gifts of the spirit is in 'church' church being a spiritual gathering of believers, no!!! the arena of the manifestation of these gifts is in everyday life! i bet you are surprised. Gods idea of church is not a meeting, it is a people. a people endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit, authorized to act on behalf of God towards humanity to spread his message of love, and offer them life by the demonstration of the power of the spirit in all utterance, revelation and performance of mighty works to relieve men and women of their burden and pain, you are empowered to reveal the kingdom

DEMONSTRATE THE KINGDOM, IT IS WITHIN YOU!

House of Lights

www.houseoflightsassembly.org


Posted: Tuesday, 17th February 2015


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