Jesus said, “...you shall receive power (ability; efficiency; might – AMP) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end (uttermost part) of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
Zechariah 4:6 – So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power (don’t depend on your own power or strength – CEV; You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power – EXB), but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.
How and where can we get the empowerment to accomplish God’s will in our lives?
- Holy Spirit empowerment is needed to accomplish the will of the Lord in the earth!
MIcah 3:8 – …truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might…
Isaiah 40:6 – He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Luke 1:35 – “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 4:14 ,18-19; 5:17; 6:19 – Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region… “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed… the power of the Lord was present to heal them… And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
Acts 10:38 – God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Romans 1:4 – declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
Romans 15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:19 – …in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Revelation 2:6 – And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!
As will continue to be clearly revealed in the following verses, the Lord is our source of empowerment…
THE SOURCE OF POWER
2 Samuel 22:23 – God is my strength and power…
Psalm 68:35 – O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!
Deuteronomy 8:18 – you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Habakkuk 3:4 – His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden.
2 Chronicles 25:8 – …God has power to help and to overthrow.”
Job 37:23 – As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him; He is excellent in power, In judgment and abundant justice; He does not oppress.
Matthew 9:6 – that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” —then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
Mark 3:14-15; 5:13; 6:7; Luke 10:10 – …He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: … Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”… He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits... Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Acts 4:7-33 – And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”T hen Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole... And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
Acts 6:8 – Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
2 Corinthians 4:7; 6:4-7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us… in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God…by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left…
2 Corinthians 12:9 – He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Ephesians 1:19; 3:7,20; 6:10 – …and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power… I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of (working of all its effectiveness – AMP; his power and special ability to do it well – TLB) His power... 20) Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us… 10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Colossians 1:11 – …strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
2 Thessalonians 1:11 – Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power…
2 Peter 1:3 – …as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue…
THE LORD IS POWERFUL
Revelation 19:6 – And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent (All-powerful; Almighty; Who has all power) reigns!
Psalm 29:4 – The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Ecclesiastes 8:4 – Where the word of a king is, there is power;…
I Chronicles 29:11,12- Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all.
Ezra 8:32 – “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.”
Nehemiah 1:10 – Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand.
Job 36:22 – “Behold, God is exalted by His power; Who teaches like Him?
Nahum 1:3 – The Lord is slow to anger and great in power…
Psalm 21:13; 59:16 – Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power... I will sing of Your power...
Psalm 62:11 – God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.
Psalm 63:2 – I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.
Psalm 66:3,7 – Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You… He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
Psalm 71:18 – Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.
Psalm 79:11 – Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are appointed to die…
Psalm 106:8 – Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, That He might make His mighty power known.
Psalm 11:6 – He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.
Psalm 147:5 – Great is our Lord, and mighty in power…
Deuteronomy 4:37;9:29 – He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power…Yet they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom you brought out by Your mighty power and by Your outstretched arm.’
Matthew 22:29 – Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.
Matthew 24:30; 26:64; Mark 13:26 – …they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory... hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” …they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
I Corinthians 6:14; 15:43 – And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power... It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
2 Corinthians 13:4 – For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
Philippians 3:10 – …that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…
I Timothy 6:16 – …who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
Hebrews 1:3 – who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…
Jude 1:25 – To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
OUR POWERFUL CREATOR
Jeremiah 10:12 – He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.
Isaiah 40:6 – Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.
Jeremiah 27:5 – ‘I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.
Jeremiah 32:17 – ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Jeremiah 51:15 – He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, And stretched out the heaven by His understanding.
Psalm 65:6 – Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power…
Romans 1:20 – For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…
Romans 9:21 – Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
Revelation 4:11 – “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS IN POWER
I Corinthians 4:20; Romans 14:17 – For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power... the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 110:3- Your people shall be willing (volunteers) In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.
Psalm 146:11 – They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power…
Matthew 6:13 – …Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Mark 9:4 – “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”
I Corinthians 15:24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
Colossians 1:13 – He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love…
Revelation 5:12,13; 7:12; 19:1 – “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”.. “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”… After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
Revelation 11:17; 15:8 – We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned... The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power…
POWER OF THE GOSPEL
Romans 1:16 – I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…
I Corinthians 1:18,24; 2:4 – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God... Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God... 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.
I Thessalonians 1:5 – For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance…
I Peter 1:5 – …who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All power (authority – NKJV; all power of absolute rule – AMP) has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
SUMMARY AND “POWERPOINTS”
- We need the empowerment of the Spirit of God to fulfill our mission here on earth, just like Jesus!
- We can’t accomplish His purposes for our life in our own strength or power! We desperately need to be EMPOWERED BY GOD! HE IS OUR SOURCE OF POWER!
- All of creation shows forth HIS POWER AND GLORY!
- Nothing and no one is more POWERFUL than God!
- The kingdom of God is in POWER, and demonstrates HIs POWER!
- The true and living God that we serve is all-powerful! Nothing is too difficult for Him! With God all things are possible!
- The Lord is able not only to save us, but also SAVE many others as we faithfully share HIs powerful gospel to the world!
“NOTHING CAN STAND AGAINST THE POWER OF OUR GOD!”
- Special acknowledgement and thanks to Phil /Wickham (lyrics) and Agape Kingdom Worship for the song “BATTLE BELONGS” below, available on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiPNieLnt0s&ab_channel=AgapeKingdomWorship
- Special highlight in CAPS (“NOTHING CAN STAND AGAINST THE POWER OF OUR GOD”) in reflection of the central theme of this post about God’s POWER…
BATTLE BELONGS (LYRICS) (1)
1 – When all I see is the battle, You see my victory… When all I see is the mountain, You see a mountain moved!
And as I walk through the shadow, Your love surrounds me… There’s nothing to fear now, for I am safe with you!
So when I fight I’ll fight on my knees, With my hands lifted high – Oh God, the battle belongs to You!
And every fear I lay at Your feet, I’ll sing through the night – Oh God, the battle belongs to you!
2 – And if you are for me, who can be against me? For Jesus there’s nothing impossible for you!
When all I see are the ashes, You see the beauty – When all I see is a cross God, You see the empty tomb!
3 – Almighty Fortress, You go before us – nothing can stand against the power of our God!
You shine in the shadows, You win every battle – NOTHING CAN STAND AGAINST THE POWER OF OUR GOD!(2)