You Have Super Power

You Have Superpower Devo

Daily Reading: (Acts 1:8):

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.”

God has given us super power (Acts 1:8). In Greek, it explains what that power is dynamis. It is where we get our English words dynamite, dynamo, and dynamic from. The first definition of dynamis is strength power and ability, but then you ask the question, “strength, power, and ability for what?” The second part of the definition says, “power for performing miracles.” 

Where I think many believers are at is that they have either forgotten or do not know the dynamite power of the Holy Spirit that is placed in them. If they did, the expectation would be, that I get to see God do miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit living in me.

James 5:14: Is anyone among you sick? James says, “Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” Is it just the elders who have power? No, all believers have super power (Acts 1:8). If all believers have super powers, why do we need church leaders to pray for a miracle? Great question and the answer is that we don’t. What is so special about the elders, then? The elders are the most likely people to know the power they have been given from the Holy Spirit, they are fully persuaded that God wants to heal you! This is not always the case. Find someone who believes the promises of God and have them pray for you.

Those that are not fully persuaded when they pray, are not going to tap into the dynamis, dynamite power of God for healing. James writes this: “Let him ask in faith, with no doubting for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8).

“Call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” Why is oil used? According to Commentary Critical and Explanatory of the Whole Bible, oil in the East, and especially among the Jews was a sign of the divine grace (James 5:14).[1]  

Why is bringing God’s divine grace into the equation when I pray so important? Oil reminds me as I pray who the Healer is, who we are taking this situation too, that’s the job of the Holy Spirit in me when I pray. I can use oil to remind myself, and the one I am praying for that it is not about me, it is all about the grace of Jesus Christ who bore our infirmities and by His stripes we are healed. The oil reminds us of this powerful truth. So, when the elders or church leaders who believe the promises of God pray and use oil, the oil says the healing is theirs not because the leader is so amazing with their prayers, but because Jesus has purchased for me to have this healing and it comes by the very grace of God.

Part of the reason the church spread so much was there was a group of believers who were filled with the Holy Spirit and they believed they were vessels to be used in the authority of Jesus’ name to perform miracles.

“And you will be my witnesses…” “Witnesses” is the Greek word martys.  Martys is part of the same word as martyrs, but it can simply mean witness or it can also mean those who after Jesus’ example have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death. Christianity was real and genuine because people were willing to die for it. The point is that when you tap into the power that God has given you to do the works Jesus did you will have the opportunity to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). The trials and the tribulations that we all go through is an opportunity for the power of God to be on display.

Why would the world hate me for doing such good, for showing the love of Christ? Jesus has an answer for us in John 15:17-19. Jesus says “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first.” Jesus who is love- who is grace and truth- what happened to Him? He was crucified. “If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.


[1] https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jfu/james-5.html

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Greater Things

Greater Things Devo

Daily Reading: (John 14:12-14):

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

There is a verse that is written that quotes something that Jesus said that if He wouldn’t have ever said it,

  • I don’t know that any of us would have ever thought about it before.
  • I really don’t think any of us would have believed it if we had thought it and Jesus hadn’t said it. 

“Whoever believes in me”, the qualifier to be able to do the works of Jesus is that you are a believer in Jesus Christ. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the normal Christian life is a life partaking in and receiving miracles in Jesus’ name.

The promise is that you will do the works that Jesus did and in case you forgot some of the works of Jesus here a few highlights.

Jesus set the record for the world’s largest fish feast when He fed somewhere between 12-15,000 people with 2 fish and 5 loaves. I thought it was 5,000 He fed? According to John 6:10 the “men” numbered about 5,000. Including the “women and children” (Matthew 14:21), the crowd probably numbered somewhere closer to about 15,000 or more.

Jesus walked on water, no regular human could ever do that, except Peter did at Jesus’ command and with Jesus’ help. Jesus turned water into wine.  He gave sight to the blind, He healed the sick and the lame, cast out demons, and He even raised the dead to life this is just to name a few.

Whatever the specific works are that Jesus has in mind for you to be a part of, what defines them is that they are pointers to Jesus which help people believe in Him. I have seen people come to faith in Jesus because a group of believers got together and built a ramp for the homeowner to be able to enter their home. To them, it was a miracle. They didn’t have the funds for a ramp and they couldn’t see a way with their new challenge of how they could even access their home. “I had about given up hope in God, hope in humanity, and then God sent me a group of people who were filled with the love of Christ. I saw God’s love for me was real and I received my miracle as I believed in Jesus.”

Miracles are a witness along with Jesus’ words that lead people to faith. That’s what His works do, and He is saying, that’s what our works through Him will do. “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do” — the works point people to faith.

“Whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing” and as impressive as it is to think about that, He doesn’t stop there, “and they will do even greater things than these”.

What could be greater than that? We get a clue from the text of what Jesus is talking about and this is moving from Old Covenant before the cross to New Testament after the cross. The first clue is the phrase at the end of verse 12, “because I am going to the Father.” We will be able to do these works because Jesus is going to the Father. And the other clue is the text of what Jesus said to His disciples after He was raised from the dead, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld” (John 20:21–23).

The Spirit in you will be the Spirit of the crucified and risen Christ. The message you preach will be the message not of a promised ransom but a paid ransom, a complete payment, a finished propitiation. Your sin debt has been fully paid at the cross. Because Christ lives in you, you can do the work of Jesus. You can reveal God to the world.

And in the power of that absolutely new experience — the indwelling of the crucified and risen Christ — your works of love and your message of life in union with Christ, will point people to the glory of the risen Son of God, and you will be the instrument of their forgiveness on the basis of the finished work of Christ (John 20:23). This will be new. This will be greater than Jesus’ earthly miracles because this is what He came to accomplish by His death and resurrection. In the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ the greater works were made possible (John 14:12).

In John 6 after Jesus performed some more miracles, all but the 12 left Him from the crowd. Compare that to the Day of Pentecost when Peter preached and 3,000 were saved on that day alone and became a part of the Body of Christ. Jesus did great miracles throughout his ministry here on earth, but fewer people came to saving faith during His public ministry than they did in the first days of the early church when Jesus went to the Father. While Christ brought Lazarus back from the dead—we are to do the even greater work which is to bring people from spiritual death to life through the very message of the Gospel which we preach and proclaim. “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all (Acts 4:33).