Wonder Working Power
Has God changed? Is He still in the miracle working business? Has His might lost its impact or His will no longer in effect? If you have to ponder the answer to those questions, you are in dire need of a fresh encounter with the Sovereign God of the ages. Just a quick refresher on what the Bible states about our Great God….
“O LORD God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.” 2 Chronicles 20:6. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” Psalm 147:4-5. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power, and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20. For I am the Lord, I change not. Malachi 3:6.
When J. Wilbur Chapman was in London, he had an opportunity to meet General Booth, who was the founder of the Salvation Army and at that time was past eighty years of age. Dr. Chapman listened reverently as the old general spoke of the trials and the conflicts and the victories. Then the American evangelist asked the General if he would disclose his secret for success.
“He hesitated a second,” Dr. Chapman said, “and I saw the tears come into his eyes and steal down his cheeks, and then he said, ‘I will tell you the secret. God has had all there was of me. There have been men with greater brains than I, men with greater opportunities; but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart, and a vision of what Jesus Christ could do with the poor of London, I made up my mind that God would have all of William Booth there was. And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army today, it is because God has all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life.’”
Dr. Chapman said he went away from that meeting with General Booth knowing that, “the greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender”. (Copied).
Humility, submission, and living without great desire for recognition is foreign in 2018. And, yet, the great men and women of God found that power was poured out upon them when they were on their knees before God daily. Their ability to surrender everything to Him and to do what He commanded consistently as faithful servants made them spiritual giants that still command our attention. The real secret to spiritual success is no secret. It is found in a healthy, strong, and consistent prayer life.
Why is our walk with God sometimes a crawl with God? Why the lack of passion for our Savior who gave His all for us? Why the lack of victory over sin in the average Christian’s life? Why the lack of power to shake this world for Christ? The words of Billy Sunday ring true: “He that is a stranger to prayer is a stranger to power.” (Copied).