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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

#7 Do You Long for Power?

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: It is natural for you as a Christian leader to long for God's power to rest upon you and be evident in your ministry.

   You have often longed for more power in prayer, in your speaking, and in your touch upon the lives of those to whom you minister. (Google image, Firey preacher
   This is a God-given longing. It was placed in your heart by the Holy Spirit because He wants you to ask and trust God for more of His powerful ministry through you.

   God is a God of power. He demonstrated this in creation. Throughout the Old Testament God demonstrated His power in leaders of Israel, in the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, and in godly kings and prophets.

   He still bestows that power upon His people. "The LORD gives strength to his people" (Ps. 29:11). He himself is the strength, the power of His people (Ps. 28:7).

   God's power and strength is a major theme of praise of God's people: "Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength" (Ps. 29:1; 96:7).

   God is God of love and power; He gladly and graciously manifests both. The Christian leader is to demonstrate God's love and God's power through the enabling of the Holy Spirit. To lack either love or power is to have an incomplete seal of the Spirit upon your ministry.

   During Old Testament times perhaps a greater emphasis was placed upon God's manifesting His power on behalf of His people than manifesting it within and through His people, although that was also very definitely present.

   We who live in New Testament times live in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. God is still as much for us as He was for His people in Old Testament days (Rom. 8:31).

   This is our constant experience and strength. But in a special new sense God now desires to manifest His power with us and through us.
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   Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana. Creative reading style by Jean.

Ablaze for God
#7 Do You Long for Power?
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 35, 36) ZondervanPublishingHouse

Our prayer today-

Praying hands on Bible
   Father, our God-given longing to have power is
placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit to have a
powerful ministry moving in and through us.
As a Christian leader/wife/husband/student we are to
demonstrate Your love and and power through
the enabling of Your Spirit.
To lack either love or power is to have an incomplete 
seal of the Holy Spirit upon our efforts
of ministry, regardless of what it may be.
As New Testament Christians we are able to
experience Your strength in a special new
sense, as the Holy Spirit desires to 
manifest His power.
We ask for this strength and power to become
a reality within us, Father, and ask
for this in Jesus' name.

Today's Bible verses-
"Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and
confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the
power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus, [v. 23] let
us hold fast the profession of our faith without
wavering; for he is faithful that promised)"
(Heb. 10:19, 23 AMP).

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and
by the word of their testimony; and they
loved not their lives unto the death"
(Rev. 12:11 KJV).

"Whereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, 
because he hath given us of his Spirit (1 John 4:13 KJV).

Today's quotes-

~Roger Ellsworth- "Christians have been forgiven of their sins, but the sinful nature they were born with has not been obliterated. It still exerts a powerful influence and the Christian finds it necessary constantly to cry out with the Apostle Paul: "O wretched man that I am!" (Rom. 7:24). [Taken from Herald of His Coming Newspaper, Vol. 76 No. 10 (910), p. 7, used by permission.]

~ Del Fehsenfeld, Jr- "Revival is a divine strategy to counter spiritual decline and to create spiritual momentum. Nothing else will do. Nothing less will do. Our combined best efforts have been to no avail. God is simply looking for men who are available—men who are wholly His, through whom He can reveal Himself mighty and strong. [Taken from Herald of His Coming Newspaper, Vol. 76 No. 10 (910), p. 1, used by permission.]

Today's popular post-

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C. Peter Wagner is going to share with us next about the 
ministry of casting out demons.

The first time Jesus sent out his 12 disciples, "He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out (Matt. 10:1).

Today's question-

   What is your motive for your ministry and daily living?

   Both the how and the why are significant. Our hearts need to be made pure, to show we care for others; as God tests our hearts. We need continual sourcing of the fruit of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, perseverance and self control. When God restores our inner man, we can go on with what He's called us to.

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Upcoming posts:

#8 The "UPON"ness of the Spirit
9th- Thursday's post by Wesley L. Duewel
One Invitation at a Time
11th- Saturday's post by Debbie McEwen

#9 The Hand of the Lord Upon You
14th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#10 The All-Essential Power
16th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

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