Romans 15:13 (KJV)
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Most of the time when the word power is used in the New Testament, it refers to the dunamis power of God – His explosive, miracle working power. Our English word dynamite comes from the word dunamis. So, when God tell us He’s given us power – His dunamis power – that means we’re powerhouses going somewhere to happen! But, that power is of no use if we don’t know that we actually have it. And, in most cases, Christians don’t know they have that power within them. That’s why they’re just as fearful as the unbelievers.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. [dunamis]
If Christians knew that they had God’s dunamis power residing in them, they wouldn’t be so fearful. Have you noticed how many people are fearful these days? Yes, you can probably attribute it to the world situation or local situations or fear of terrorist attacks, or any multitude of things that the devil throws at us.
But, is that the right thing? Is that acceptable? Do think God is surprised by anything that happens on planet earth? I think not! That’s why He has so graciously provided everything we’ll ever need to be victorious, now and forever. He never has, and never will, have to play “catch-up” with the devil. And if we’re not aware of what is really going on, we’ll simply be like everyone else, following the devil around and cleaning up his mess. We need to take the offence and beat him at him own game.
Jesus already defeated Satan and our part is to stand and enforce his defeat, not cave in to every trick and wile he throws at us. So, here comes the power:
Romans 1:16 (KJV) 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. [dunamis]
1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. [dunamis]
Notice that it’s the Gospel that is the power of God. How can that be? Why is preaching the gospel considered power to us? Because when we preach the Gospel, we’re preaching the Word of God and that’s where the power is. The Gospel is the Good News – that God is on our side, looking out for us!
Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, [dunamis] when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
God’s Word is power. He created the heavens and the earth and the entire universe with His Words. We get saved by His Words spoken out of our mouths. We bind the devil with the Word of God and we get people healed with the Word of God. That’s where the power is.
Then when we get the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we get endued with His power. What more could we want?
Acts 1:8 (KJV) 8 But ye shall receive power, [dunamis] after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
We need to meditate on these truths in order to get them down into our hearts (spirit) so that we can walk in the power that God has ordained for us.
Another word for power is exousia, which means delegated authority. So, we not only have dynamite, explosive, miracle working power, but we have authority to use it against the enemy and his works.
Luke 10:19 (KJV) 19 Behold, I give unto you power [exousia] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power [dunamis] of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.