Power of the Gospel (1)
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake- 1 Thessalonians 1:5
Paul was saying in this verse that the gospel he preaches is not empty but powerful. God's power is beyond just coming to church and receiving anointing while excluding sermon. Sermon itself is beyond speaking good grammar, it is beyond having a Ph.D. Preaching the Word is beyond having formal education; you can be an illiterate and still be anointed. Thank God for education, it can be an advantage to preaching; but it is not the basis of what you preach. The basis of the anointing is not for personal aggrandizement, God's power is also beyond performing miracles; God anoints us for a spiritual purpose.
When we use our faith, connecting it to God's power, the Bible says, “it makes tremendous power available”. Our faith which comes by hearing, combined with God's ability invariably work tremendously in our lives. We can therefore use our power of faith to do tremendous miracles; irrespective of whether we are pastors or not; inasmuch as we are of the body of Christ with a revelation knowledge of whom we are.
Power is not the only thing needed for our miracle; it is faith that connects the power. Faith is the switch that activates the power of God in our lives and the switch must consistently be put on in our lives. The connecting switch to the miracle we desire is our faith.
Prayer: Faith is a gift received at redemption, so I put the switch of faith on as I believe and confess that God has given unto me all things that pertains to life and godliness in Jesus Name.
Further Reading: I Corinthians 1: 18-25
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Daniel 5:1-31; 2 Peter 2:1-22; Psalm 119:113-128; Proverbs 28:19-20