I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord

It was Paul who exclaimed when I am weak then I am strong. Paul had discovered the great secret which has the inherent power to alter every new creation’s view of himself and thus move into the full reality of the cross. Far too often we are victims of the flood of occurrences that come against us. Humanly speaking many of the things we face are too big for us. A sense of defeat, depression and impotence can hold us in a tight grip. Some of those seasons are merely the Spirit teaching us that He comes perfectly through us whether we are sparkling or are down, which is an important lesson to learn for many of us.

But the majority of our defeats are a result of us trying to find the resources to face our challenges by human means. Paul had visited that place of nothingness and thus been persuaded to look somewhere else to find the strength to be an overcomer. Christ in Paul was his strength. He had thoroughly learned that he could reckon on the indwelling Christ in every circumstance. This doesn’t mean that whenever he faced opposition or difficult circumstances he would always fall on his knees in prayer. No, to the contrary, he would face whatever he met as Paul knowing that he was Christ in his form with every resource in the universe to his disposal in order to bring redemption to his world.

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it; and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea'” (Exodus 14:15,16). In effect God is saying to Moses: “Why do you want me to do it? Do it yourself. I have given you a new self, a new identity. That rod of old is cleansed. The snake is dispelled. You are new through and through. Stretch out your rod (express your new self) and divide the sea.” Moses had said to God, “You do it”, but God said: “You do it.”

Every one of us starts our walk on the highway of faith with much of the old grave cloths from the Fall still upon us. Separation from God has been our blatant reality. We know the weakness of the flesh and its inclinations. We are more used to visible lack and need than the bounty of supply in the invisible. But when the new word comes which objective is to undress the grave cloths a question arises; do we have ears to hear? The prophet had and hence cried: “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD.” (Micah 3:8) In effect the prophet is saying: I am God’s mouthpiece and I am to call into existence things that do not yet exist.

Norman Grubb wrote: “You feel weak, you don’t sense the presence of Christ, you feel loveless, and of little faith, and all the rest of it, because you still live in the devil’s lies of the have-not life. But you have all things. All is within, if Christ the Savior is within. Burst through those bonds of feelings. Say, ‘Though all men and devils say I have not, I say I have, on the authority of God’s word.”

It is the personal, intimate and deeply private revelation that we are one with God which empowers us to go against the grain and boldly recognize every stirring within as a safe desire which first originated in the heart of our Father. Oneness finds no other explanation to those stirrings and as a consequence affirms the prophet’s words; “I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.” We finally have the key to Mark 11:24: “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Our faith focus isn’t arbitrary any more when Oneness is our outlook since we then are not governed by condemnation. Condemnation makes us see need everywhere even where there is no need. It brings confusion and we always fall short of its demands. The truth is that God has given each and every one of us a sphere of influence which we swiftly recognize when we operate in the freedom of the Spirit. No man can tell us what to do when our sole motivation is those joyful inner promptings which are an interwoven part of our makeup as new creations.

(This article is just as much written to myself as to any of my readers.)

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25 Responses to I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord

  1. rantz72 says:

    Usually a new breaking in of the Spirit in that way follows the eclipse of all that has gone before. It seems that the Lord has to make it necessary, so that we come to the place where we cry out, Unless the Lord shows, unless the Lord reveals, unless the Lord does a new thing, all that ever has been is as nothing, it will not save me now!

    Thus He leads us into a dark place, a dark time (and in there He gives us the treasures He has hidden for us). We feel that what has been has lost the power which it once had to make us buoyant, triumphant. That is the Lord’s way of keeping us moving on.

    If you and I were allowed to be perfectly satisfied with what we have got at any stage, and not to feel the absolute necessity for something we never have had, should we go on? Of course not! To keep us going on, the Lord has to bring about those experiences where it is absolutely necessary for us to see the Lord, and know the Lord in a new way, and it must just be so all the way along to the end. It may be a series of crises of seeing and seeing again, and yet again, as the Lord opens our eyes, and we are able to say, as never before, I see! So it is not our study, our learning, our book knowledge, but it is a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the (true-full) knowledge of Him, the eyes of our hearts being enlightened, and it is that seeing which brings the note of authority that is so much needed. That is the element, the feature, that is required to-day. It is not just seeing for seeing’s sake, but it is to bring in a new note of authority.

  2. lani says:

    Ahhhh….soooo needed to read these words from you both. Fuel for the fire!!!

  3. rantz72 says:

    Why are we broken? To make room for the Lord Jesus. Why are we brought down to the dust by the Holy Spirit as He works Calvary’s death into us? In order that the Lord Jesus may take the place that we in the flesh have occupied. We get wrong sometimes about this application of the Cross. The enemy is always at our elbow to insinuate and suggest the unkindness of God to smash us, to humiliate us, to bring us to nothing, and to say that there is no end to this thing, seeking thus to get us down.

    Beloved, the Cross was intended only to make the Lord Jesus all, and in all, for us; and is it not true that, because of the way that the Lord has dealt with us, the way in which He has applied the Cross, planting us into that death and burial, we know Him in a way in which we never knew Him before? Is it not by that way that He has become what He is to us, ever more and more dear to our hearts? The increase of the Lord Jesus in and to us is by the way of the Cross. We know quite well that our chief enemy is ourselves, our flesh. This flesh gives us no rest, no peace, no satisfaction; we have no joy in it. It obsesses, engrosses, constantly struts across our path to rob us of the very joy of living. What is to be done with it? Well, in and by the Cross we are delivered from ourselves; not only from our sins, but from ourselves; and being delivered from ourselves we are delivered into Christ, and Christ becomes far more than we.

    It is a painful process, but it is a blessed issue; and those amongst us who may have had the greatest agony along this line would, I believe, testify that what it has brought to us of the knowledge and riches of the Lord Jesus has made all the suffering worth while. So the work of the Lord for us and the work of the Lord in us, by the Cross, is only intended in the Divine thought to make room for the Lord Jesus. 🙂

    • New Wine says:

      I like this. Our Master Vinter told us that, “you don’t put new wine in old wineskins, otherwise, they swell and break. No, you put new wine into NEW wineskins”…What was to be done to the old wineskin? It got hung on the cross. And I don’t need it anymore.

  4. Richard says:

    Somehow we have got caught up into this thing and think the Lord can only come into His own if we are the instrument. The rivalry on platform and in pulpit; sensitiveness because one is put before another, because the address of one is given more attention than that of another; the favourable remarks all made in one direction, etc! I know all about it. After all, what are we after? Are we seeking to impress our audience by our cleverness or to make known our Lord? A great difference!

    Sometimes the Lord gets more out of our bad times than we think, and it may be that when we have had good times He has not got the most. Therein is the necessity for our being set aside, kept weak and humble, that He might have the pre-eminence.

    The foolishness of His wisdom keeps me thoroughly amazed!

  5. “whether we are sparkling or down” — what a great line. I like that closing line too. The whole tone of strength made perfect in weakness really comes thru the whole thing. I know I sure get reminded of this daily as well! Tks.

  6. John Craig says:

    ‘But you have all things. All is within, if Christ the Savior is within’. (NG)

    1 Cor 3: 21-23 ‘therefore let no one boast in men (the flesh) for ALL THINGS ARE YOURS, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come-ALL ARE YOURS. And you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.’

    • Ole Henrik says:

      Thanks John! I really love those verses from 1 Cor. I have briefly meditated on them a couple of times and each time the fuses in my brain begin to smoke. ALL ARE YOURS is really a powerful declaration of the freedom we enjoy in Christ! Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Stephen from Texas says:

    What a great title full of strength and truth. I am full of power. How? By the Spirit of the Lord. Here is oneness fulfilled. It leaves me a bit speechless taking this all in. Thanks Ole.

  8. Susan Avello says:

    Ole, this is perfect and truly God-sent! I believe I can say honestly, that we are all walking this out. I love your disclaimer at the end, (This article is just as much written to myself as to any of my readers.) I think most of us that write these truths are walking it out, have walked it out and are able to share genuinely what He has taught us in the “valley of the shadow of death.”

  9. Deep unto Deep says:

    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they SHALL be FILLED!”
    Bror, reading your post is, as usual, like trying to get a drink of water from a FIRE HYDRANT…I landed in the middle of the street of the next block! (with a big smile on my face!)

  10. Sandra Tureaud says:

    Thank you sir, for sharing this Word from the Lord! I am strenghened and enlighthened by every single word!!!
    “I see.”
    Blessings of the Lord!

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