Demonstration of the Power of God by Keith Miller
“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:2-4
Every believer has the potential to see the impossible become possible by the Holy Spirit’s power. The Holy Spirit wants to use our lives to testify of the reality of the Lord by demonstration, not by mere words! The word “demonstrate” in 1 Corinthians 2:4 means “to prove; to show; to make evident; to confirm; to manifest.” In others words, He wants to prove, show, make evident, confirm and manifest the Holy Spirit’s power through our life on a day-to-day basis so that people will once again be in awe of Jesus’ mighty name.
The Lord wants to release power so that there will be such great demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power that only Jesus will receive the glory.At this point I am emphasizing the demonstration of power, but if you take notice, I Corinthians 2:5 actually says the demonstration of the Spirit and power! The anointing is not people falling down. The anointing is the tangible, God’s manifest presence upon people with Holy Spirit power. God is unlimited, so His anointing has unlimited power. Let’s look at power now, remember the story in Acts 4:13-16?
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But they had commanded them to go aside out of the council. They conferred among themselves, saying, ‘What shall we do to these men? For indeed that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
The Holy Spirit wants to anoint you with power so that you will be a witness for Jesus not in mere words but in demonstrations of His Holy Spirit. He wants to use your life to manifest, prove, and confirm the reality of the unseen realm. He wants to empower your life on a day-to-day basis in your home, in your work place, in your community, and in everyday living. We must understand that the Lord is beginning to activate His people to move in the supernatural; as a result, we will see the impossible become possible wherever we go.
The great apostle Paul is the author of 1 Corinthians 2:2-5 quoted at the beginning of the chapter. What blesses me so much about Paul is that he writes from revelation and understanding. The teaching he received was not something that was taught to him in the natural realm; it was taught by the revelation of Jesus Christ released to him in Galatians 1:12. Paul was a man who was well taught and well educated. We can see through scripture that he had great natural ability (Phil. 3:4-7). He did not use his own ability because Paul wanted people to understand that they, too, could operate in a realm of revelation to see a demonstration, not of man’s wisdom, but of God’s. Paul wasn’t trying to flaunt his own analytical ability, but demonstrate God’s power.
Do you want to see a greater release of the demonstration of God’s power in your life? An emotional response never has eternal value, and the Lord wants to activate His people to live in the reality of the Kingdom. This is done by the anointing. I believe we are a generation who hungers to walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s anointing. Is this your desire? It is God’s desire for you! Do you know that the anointing never has to run out from your life? I don’t want just yesterday’s anointing; I want to learn how to live and plug in day by day into the fresh oil of the Holy Spirit!
The Lord wants to empower the Church to demonstrate the gospel now! I’m not just talking about words, but a demonstration of the Spirit’s power in the believer's life, not just in church services, crusades, or revival meetings, but a daily manifestation of power God’s through the believer's life. He wants to increase the influence that we have around us by the anointing. We can influence in many ways, but I want the anointing to influence. The flesh profits nothing, but the Spirit is eternal.
God wants to do something in the Church. Do you understand that Church is more than a building? Church is everyday life. Worship is not just 30 minutes of tuning up the instruments Worship is a lifestyle. Christianity is not a religion, it's our life; Christ in us and upon us.
I believe the Lord wants to release a greater measure of the anointing on every believer's life right now. Above and beyond what we have seen to this point. It is a time of increase.
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