How do we get God’s power into our lives? There must be a way! If not, then every time God does something it’s by His own sovereignty. But we know that can’t be the case. Why? Because we accept Jesus as our savior by our own will. If God was doing everything by His own sovereignty, He would make everyone get save. That’s not to say that God doesn’t do things sovereignly, but in God’s sovereignty, He set spiritual and physical laws into motion so He doesn’t have to be a puppet master.
So how do we get God’s power into our lives? Well, how did it happen when we got saved? “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16–17).
The first thing is that we had to hear what God had made available to us through Jesus: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation.”
So we see that God’s power is available when we hear the gospel. We also know not everyone who hears the gospel gets saved, so there must be something that causes the power to be released.
Here’s what causes the power to be released: “For everyone who believes.” Believing what God says releases the power to cause salvation. This kind of believing is active, not passive. In-other-words, the person hearing what God says, acts on what God says: “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9–10). One would receive the power of salvation by an act of faith in asking Jesus to his lord.
I have shared the gospel and have gotten this response, “I believe everything you say, but I’m not ready to do that.” They believed, but the power of God was never released to cause salvation in their lives.
We see this spiritual law throughout the whole Bible. For instance, the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:25–34. It’s important that you read this carefully. When you do, you will find this law of faith in action.
- 1. She heard about Jesus: “And when she heard about Jesus.” She heard what God was doing through Jesus. She heard the gospel.
- 2. We see her faith in action when (1) she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well”, and (2) she touched His clothes. She acted on what she believed.
- 3. When she release her faith and acted on what she believed, the power of God was released, and she received what she desired: “And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him…”
- 4. Jesus acknowledged it was her faith that released God’s power in her life: “Daughter, your faith has made you well.”
So we can see a spiritual law that the Sovereign God put into effect. Why make a law? So we can count on it working every time we put it into operation.
This law of hearing the word and believing the word is the conduit to God’s power.
Stay strong and prepared!