Where Is the Power?

I have for some years been relating to what Paul said to the Philippians
chapter three, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and
the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” At first,
like so many “full gospel” type Christians, I wanted the “power of His
resurrection.” We reason, “If I could just get His power, I could do so
much for God!” Right? Wrong! I heard a story of a traveling evangelist who
came to a church and gave a message and then an alter call. He invited all
those who would wanted prayer to receive the power of God to line up on
the left side of the church and all those who wanted to receive God’s
brokeness to line up on the right side. Well, it seems that about 95% of
the folks got in the power line and the other five got in the brokeness
line. After they were all lined up he walked over to those in the
brokeness line and turned to the others and said, “I will pray for these
and they will get their brokeness and they will also be the ones who get
the power.”

God does not give out His kingdom power so that we can go out in our
rebellious hearts and do exploits for Him. He gives His power to those who
want the fellowship of His sufferings and to be made conformable to His
death. No pain, no gain. No death, no glory. We must fellowship with Him
in His sufferings before we will know Him in His power.

We have seen for years this sham of men and women who parade before us in
our meetings, claiming to have power in the presence of God. For a long
time the best they could come up with was stretching legs, now they fill
teeth with gold and claim the manifest presence of God with gold dust on
the people. When God’s real power shows up on His broken ones, there will
be no doubt. But the true sign of His men and women of power will not be
the overt signs that men seek after. No it will be the sign of the
Messiah, one who comes in all lowliness and humility, waiting for God to
lift them up in his due season and not before.

This I am willing to wait for. I want nothing to do with the dog and pony
shows that call themselves the power workers of God as they parade across
the stages of churches and conference rooms, boasting of their greatness
(in all humility, of coarse). I am reminded that the two final witness in
Revelation are dressed in sack cloth and not shark-skin suits with gold
rings on their fingers. The smooth clothing and fine jewelry is found on
the Great Whore later in the book. Do not be fooled by the counterfeit
false prophets, apostles, and wonder workers of this hour. Look for the
brokeness of Christ in those who say they are of Christ.

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