Have you ever noticed how much time Christians spend asking God to do such-and-such for them?  Have you noticed how many times YOU have asked God to do things for you?  Maybe it’s time to pay better attention to that. Perhaps you haven’t realized how very much power and authority God has already granted unto you.

I hear it all the time: “God, I want more of you!”  Well that’s wonderful, but I’m sorry, there is no more of God to be had.  You see, when you asked Christ Jesus to forgive your sins and be your LORD and SAVIOR, He didn’t just give you a part of Himself.  He gave you ALL of Himself, and there is no more you can have beyond ALL.  He poured out all His blood as a sacrifice for sin, and He held nothing back.  He didn’t say, “Father, I’m keeping part of myself back for my own use.”  No, He placed His all on the altar for God, in order to purchase YOUR salvation.  But that wasn’t all He did.  He rose again from the dead, never again to die.

After He was risen from the dead and appeared unto His disciples, He told them to stay in Jerusalem until POWER be given them from on high.  I want to pick up that story in Luke 24:36,

36  And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38  And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40  And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41  And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42  And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43  And he took it, and did eat before them.
44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48  And ye are witnesses of these things.
49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Well, we know what happened on the day of Pentecost, how the Holy Spirit descended upon all that were there waiting on God in that upper room, about 120 people, and filled them all with the Holy Spirit.  They began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And from that day, the preaching of the Gospel went forth with great power, changing the lives of thousands as they received Christ Jesus as LORD and Savior.

He gave them “POWER FROM ON HIGH”.  Exactly what “power” was that?  Glad you asked.  That word “power” is the Greek word “dunamis”, number 1411, meaning,

From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

Now I could preach all day on this, and have, but for the sake of this short article, I will put it like this:  IF you have received Christ Jesus as your LORD and Savior, then YOU have been given POWER FROM ON HIGH, even as those early believers received on the day of Pentecost.  And if you have NOT received that POWER from on high, then you have not fully submitted to the Lordship of Christ Jesus over your life, period.  In other words, maybe you have one foot in the Kingdom of God, and the other foot in the world, and that doesn’t work with God.  He either wants ALL of you, or none of you.  Why? Because He gave ALL for you.  I tell it like it is, friends, and don’t “sugar coat” anything.

Christ Jesus gave it ALL on that cross so YOU could have it ALL.  Now, what are YOU doing with the POWER of God that is supposed to be working in your life???

So many don’t realize the power and authority we believers have been granted from God.  He has given us tremendous power, and He TRUSTS us with that power.  We don’t have to continually ask God to do things for us, He has given us “Exousia and Dunamis” authority to speak the Word and “git ‘er done”.

How I love that the LORD showed me this:

Luke 10:19-20,    Behold, I give unto you power (G1849 Exousia) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (G1411 Dunamis) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

We often hear about the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”.  You will notice in 2 Corinthians 12:7 Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was a messenger from Satan sent to harass Paul continually. Now Paul asked God three times to remove that “thorn”.  Let’s read that account;

7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

An ancient Greek translation states it like this: “The grace and authority (Exousia and Dunamis) of ME granted unto YOU is sufficient for you to ward off all the attacks of Satan.”

Get in the Strong’s Concordance and look up the definition of Exousia G1849 and Dunamis G1411.  Don’t expect everybody else to do it for you.  YOU need to study this out for yourself like I did, and you will get the revelation of exactly what God has given you!  He has not left you powerless and orphan on this earth, but HAS given you mastery over every unclean spirit IF, and I say IF He is your LORD and Savior.   And if He is NOT your LORD and Savior, the what are you waiting for?? Receive Christ Jesus NOW and get the upper hand over the schemes of the devil over your life.  Bottom line?  Start using that authority God has granted unto YOU!  He has called you to help build the Kingdom of God, and has given you the authority to put the powers of darkness under your feet!