The God we serve is a mighty, awesome God. He is the Creator and sustainer of all things. He has matchless power. As those who trust Him and are connected to Him through what Jesus did on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, we have the privilege of relating to and walking with the God of all power. But, we can also have things in our lives that hinder the power of God from doing all He wants to do in us and through us.
Here are 5 Keys that release the power of God in our lives:
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith is believing in God in such a way that our life is affected. When we live by faith in God, we trust Him enough to be obedient to Him and to follow where He leads.
Our faith brings a smile to God’s face and provides a conduit for His power to be displayed in our lives. This faith does not manipulate God into doing something that does not line up with His perfect will, but the faith does make it possible for God to pour His power into us to accomplish what He wants to accomplish.
2. Confession and Repentance
Sin removes God’s power from our lives. When we are living in sin, we have asked God to step aside for us to do what we want to do. Confession and repentance make things right in our lives before God so that His power is free to flow into us again. Confession is our agreeing with God that what we have done is a sin.
Repentance is the turning away from that sin and changing the attitude, behavior, or action that displeases God. God says it this way: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).
The work of God comes to an individual or a people who will confess sin and repent. God’s power is released through confession and repentance.
Prayer displays a reliance upon God. When we pray, we let God know that we understand that we cannot do what needs to be done. Therefore, we are praying to Him so that He would show His power and reveal His glory and do a mighty work. Paul prays for the church at Ephesus:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Ephesians 3:16, NIV). Paul was praying that God’s power would be released into their lives. Prayer has that result.
By calling out to God, we can experience Him pouring His power into our lives. Without prayer, we communicate that we can do it, even though we can’t. But through prayer, we are saying that God is the only one who can do it.
Fasting reminds us and tells God that we are willing to give up some of the aspects of this world to tap into the power of God. Especially when we fast from food for a season to focus more intently on Christ, our hearts become aligned with what He wants to do. And, we will see His power flow into the situation that has compelled us to fast.
Jesus says: “When you fast…your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:16-18, NIV). Fasting teaches us to rely more on Christ and opens us up to receive the power that God wants to display.
Worship allows the power of God to flow into our lives as well. When we worship, our hearts are drawn to the feet of the Lord as we exalt and magnify Him. This lifting up of His name elicits a response where He will be worthy of more and more praise. The Lord loves to respond to His people who are worshipping Him. When faced with an enemy, the people of Israel responded this way:
“When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed” (2 Chronicles 20:22, NIV). God’s power was unfurled when God’s people started to worship.
We do not manipulate God into doing what He does not want to do. But, we do hinder experiencing all of who God is when we are not lining up in obedience to who He has called us to be. These five keys make it possible for God’s power to be released in our lives: Faith, Confession and Repentance, Prayer, Fasting, and Worship.