Q&A: Seeking the Power

Q: Where in Scripture are we told to seek the power of the Holy Spirit?

A: Nowhere. Nor are we to seek the manifestation of God in any physical sense. John 14:21 promises us that Jesus will manifest Himself to us in obedience to His commands, but that is through His written Word, not by fasting, praying and waiting on some ‘event’ to occur. Likewise, you should not seek an ‘outpouring’ of the Spirit of God apart from obedience to His Word, because then you, again, dally in mysticism.

Here’s the thing, Jesus manifesting Himself spiritually to you is tied to your obedience to His commands, period. Look at this text:

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. – John 14:21

Christ will be a very real and spiritual presence to any loving believer obedient to His commands and seeking the will of God, which, by the way, is your conformity to Christ Himself.

Jesus manifesting Himself to you does not mean in a physical display of anything in any sense. You will not speak in tongues. If you want that, go to school, learn a language, then have at it. It does not mean you will be ‘under the power’ in a physical anomaly. If you spend time praying, fasting and pleading for the outpouring of the Spirit, hoping something will happen, you are playing with spiritual fire. It’s dangerous because the Holy Spirit will never do something not in accordance to the written Word of God. If you pray for the Spirit of God to manifest Himself physically or in some visible means, He won’t – but some other spirit might. You spend enough time pleading for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and yes, something might happen, but you won’t know the difference between a demon or the Spirit of God because you are no longer relying on the written Word, but seeking an experience, and that’s mysticism, not Christianity. Worse, if you plead these things within corporate prayer, you invite the same danger upon your fellowship.

Bottom line, those who seek experiences and manifestations of God’s power apart from the written Word of God are unstable in their doctrine and their faith. They long for experiences and some ‘power’ while missing the glorious truth that, if they are in Christ, they already possess the Spirit of God – why seek for something else?

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