“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”” Luke 24:49 NKJV
The truth of the gospel message never changes. In America, we’ve preached the message until our face turns blue. So many people have heard, and a lot of them believe it. However, we’ve become disillusioned in the process. So many post-Christians and post-church goers have walked away from God because of the luke-warm state of the church. There’s no fire of convictions, there’s no fire of healing. There’s no passion for holiness. This has created so much damage in people’s lives, and now if they hear us speak the words of the gospel, they say “been there, done that, got the t-shirt.” Or “I tried Jesus and it didn’t work for me.”
So what if they’re misguided? We haven’t helped them. I’m not mad at anyone. Truth is, I was never taught what I’m sharing with you, when I grew up. God showed me through a movie called The End of Churchianity (click to watch)
The need for power
God’s love is central to everything we do, and it is far more important than power. However, don’t be mistaken, they go together. In this blog, I want to talk about power.
Anything goes without the power of God. Your idea against my idea. Your truth against my truth. Some people will believe and truly get saved with a purely intellectual argument about Christianity. But that is not the majority of people in this country, or around the world. We need to realize that Satan is real. His forces and his kingdom are real. They are hostile to the church and they fight against us at all times. Without power, we will never dislodge him from our communities. We will never remove him from men and women’s lives. Love it or hate it, we were born into a war. The Kingdom of God, and the kingdom of darkness.
We were all in the kingdom of darkness before Jesus found us. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” Ephesians 5:8 NKJV Now that we belong to the Kingdom of God, we’ve been given the same task as Jesus. “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 NKJV We have been assigned the task of destroying the works of the devil! Surprise, you won’t have fruit unless you engage in battle with the enemy.
The funny thing about the phrase “Power Evangelism” to me is, I don’t see each word as separate. You see, this term was popularized by the early leader of the vineyard movement, John Wimber. Before this, we had what was only called “Evangelism”. The term “Power Evangelism” exists to show that there is a more full way of calling people to faith than we have expressed in the American church. In the early church, I’m not even sure they called it Evangelism. It was lifestyle. And boy, did they have power.
“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” Acts 5:12-16 NKJV
Look in the context of power, it says “And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.”
That sounds like good fruit to me. It wasn’t without persecution though, which we will not be able to avoid if we want to make an impact on the world. The enemy doesn’t play fair, but he can not win against the Kingdom of God.
When I share Jesus with people, I always include the power of God. What I’m looking for is to connect them with the reality of God. When you share things with them about their personal life, that you didn’t know before hand, it grabs their heart. Or when they get healed, it opens their heart to listen. Everyone that I’ve seen come to Jesus experienced the power of God in one way or another. If you read the Bible, this is the only way it was ever done.
Where’s the power?
The answer is simple, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Since He testifies about Jesus, then He must be a way better Evangelist than us. He knows how to reach the lost. The Holy Spirit spoke to me recently and said, “Lee I’m getting ready to push you further in the Kingdom, and you’re going to build my ministry, not yours.” You see, it’s His Kingdom. It’s His Ministry, and He knows best how to reach the lost.
I hope this encouraged, provoked, and stirred you up!
Be blessed in Jesus name!