Power at Work Within Us

For too long I walked around not realizing the power that we have through Christ’s gift when he left earth. Before He died He told his disciples they will do even greater things than He, carrying on His work when He leaves them. We see this explained in John 14 when Jesus is comforting them before his death.

Think about that for a second. Jesus told Lazarus to get up and walk out of the grave after being dead for four days and he healed a blind man with saliva and mud. Greater things than this? Well not necessarily.

No one can rival the works of Jesus. Not even his disciples...but Jesus's ministry had been limited to Galilee and Judea and we see his disciples push the gospel so much further throughout the known world. Their works were definitely greater in extent, and they did heal the sick and perform miracles similar to Christ through their ministry. All of these things were possible after Jesus’ completed work on the cross, because of the helper He left behind, the Holy Spirit. 

Like Pastor Arlena said in this week's message, Christ can do exceedly above what we could ask for or even imagine through His power at work within us...through the Holy Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit that we are able to continue the work of God and it is through the Holy Spirit that we can receive exceedly more than we can imagine.

In John 14:12 it says "Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." Guys...there are no exclusions there. It doesn't say whoever believes, except those living in the 21st century. It says whoever believes. Period. That's the prerequisite to obtaining the power left for us by Jesus. His work is done by the Holy Spirit within us, rather than by our human strength. Through the Holy Spirit there is wisdom, counsel, power, discernment, spiritual gifts and blessings.

As we seek to know and love God more through our walk with Christ, let’s not neglect that power at work within us - but instead, let’s lean into the Holy Spirit, making space in our lives for Him to display his mighty power that transforms us into His likeness, uses us to accomplish His purposes, and empowers us to live lives wholly pleasing to Him.

by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God's Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.