There Is More Than Power
Paxton Ingram leads worship at his local church in Miami, but moving toward the Top Ten on The Voice, he took a national TV audience to church when he sang out “There’s power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.” America voted him through to the next level, but when the historical Jesus used His divine power to enable a man to speak after a demon had silenced his voice, not all the audience raised their hands in worship. Some accused Jesus of being Satan’s right hand man.
“Now He (Jesus) was casting out a demon that caused muteness. When the demon had come out, the mute spoke, and the crowd marveled. But some of them said, ‘In Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons, he drives out the demons,’ and others, testing Him, were seeking a sign from heaven from Him. Jesus, knowing their inner thoughts, said, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is being laid waste, and a divided house falls. So if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? You say I am driving out demons by Beelzebub’s power. Now if I am driving out demons by Beelzebub, then by whom do your own sons cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. But if I’m driving out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.’” - Luke 11:14-20
Pharrell Williams, one of the judges on The Voice, was willing to say after Paxton sang, “That was unleashing of power.” But Pharrell didn’t say that Jesus is the power, God’s Son, the only One who unites us through His death and resurrection with God’s Kingdom. Jesus is not one of the many powers who has come to earth to unleash universal spiritual energy. He is God’s Son, and when He arrives, God’s Kingdom has come.
LORD, as my brothers laid hands on me and prayed for my ministry in Kenya, I could feel Your power. Thank you that Pastor Sean stressed in his message from Acts 7 that Your power is not confined to any particular place. When I arrive in South Korea, I don’t have to ask You to show up. You are already there working. Help me simply to join what You are doing.
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