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Activating the Power

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RHEMA COLLEGE WEEKEND INSTRUCTOR HIGHLIGHT

//CRAIG W. HAGIN

No matter what we're going through, we have to remember that God's power is greater than anything we're experiencing. Whatever we may face—from financial problems to health challenges to adversity of any kind—God's power is more than enough to change our situation. It's what causes us to be victorious.

 

 

God is well able to work on our behalf. But all too often, instead of looking to Him when we face a crisis, we try to come up with our own solution. If we need extra money, we might think the best thing to do is get a second job or work overtime. Doing these things, however, may not be wise.

Our wisdom is limited, but God's wisdom is unlimited. I believe we should do everything we can. But sometimes everything we do just isn't enough.

Paul tells us in First Corinthians 2:5 that "[our] faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God" (NKJV). The Holy Spirit can do more for us in two seconds than we can ever figure out. It's not about what we can do; it's about what God can do. It's His power and ability—not ours—that works out our problems.

Turning On the Switch of Faith
Faith is the key for God's power to operate in our lives. It's also important to know where to put our faith. In other words, our faith has to be in something. And we see in First Corinthians 2:5 that it should be in God's power, not in the wisdom of men.

One of the best places to see God's power demonstrated is in Genesis chapter 1. God changed things He didn't like with His words. He saw a null and void earth and decided to do something about it. He said, "Let there be light," and there was light (v. 3).

God spoke and things changed! He said with His mouth what He believed in His heart. And what He said came into manifestation. We have this same power when we speak.

Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." Every time we open our mouths, we are speaking either death and
destruction or life and blessing into a situation.

The Word of God contains the power of God. That power is activated when we speak God's Word to our situations. When we hide God's Word in our hearts and speak forth that Word, we, like God, can change our situation.

God's power can be compared to electricity. Electricity flows through the wiring in our homes. We can have electricity in our house, but nothing happens until we turn on a switch. The power was there all the time, but nothing happened until it was activated.

Let's activate God's power by speaking His Word in faith to the things in our lives that we want changed. God's power is a powerful force. No sickness, disease, poverty, or demon in hell can stand up against it!

[Editor's Note: Craig W. Hagin is a Rhema Bible Training College instructor, co-pastor of Rhema Bible Church Oklahoma City, and Chief Operating Officer of Kenneth Hagin Ministries.]

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Romans 4:20 (NIV) says that Abraham “did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God.” Many years ago my father, Kenneth E. Hagin, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “God said it; I believe it; and that settles it.” Abraham had this same attitude, and we need to grab hold of it too. No matter how bad our situation looks, our victory is found in God’s promises and in never letting go of what our Heavenly Father has said.
Don’t Be Double-Minded
Often today believers affirm their faith publicly, but when they are by themselves, they begin to question God. They wonder if He can really help them. The moment they start doubting, they begin wavering in their faith.
The Bible is very clear about the danger of wavering.
James 1:6–7 (NIV)
6 When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Faith does not look at circumstances, and it doesn’t regard feelings. It stays completely focused on God’s Word. Unfortunately, some people allow their situations and feelings to “speak” louder than Scripture.
Some people lose their healing because they stop looking at the Word and focus on what’s going on in their body. It’s dangerous to do this, because before long they will start talking wrong. They’ll begin to say things like, “I thought I was healed. I guess I lost my healing.”
When we start talking like that, we throw out our healing and open the door for the devil and all of his junk to come back in. If we would just stand strong on the Word, every symptom would leave.
Look to the Word
Anytime the enemy bombards your mind with his lies, you must counter those lies with the Word of God. When lack rears its ugly head, read what God said about prosperity. When sickness impacts your body, meditate on healing scriptures. When fear invades your life, find peace scriptures to read. When impossibilities stare you in the face, the Word holds your answer.
Reading God’s promises keeps us focused on them instead of on the distractions that are sent to prevent us from receiving what God has for us. When facing the impossible, we can’t afford to look at whatever is coming against us.
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