Monday, January 01, 2018

Understand Spiritual Power

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I took this photo of icy trees reflected in the River Raisin, then rotated it 180 degrees.
I had an epiphany. A revelation. One of many I have had over the years.

It was last March. God said to me, "John, do you realize what I have given you?"

Months later, as I begin this new year, I see I am walking in ever-increasing realization of spiritual power and love. As a follower of Jesus, I should expect this.

My expectation is again confirmed this morning as I read from Gary Black's Preparing for Heaven: What Dallas Willard Taught Me About Living, Dying, and Eternal Life. Black writes:

"I’ve realized that eternal living, evidenced by supernatural results, is resourced or empowered by an altogether different energy source than what we have become used to. Working our will through the power of our flesh (Gal. 4: 29) or as demonstrated by the principalities and powers using worldly powers around us (2 Cor. 10: 2– 5; Eph. 6: 12) is an altogether different prospect than working through the power of the Spirit of God. Today, we have become almost blindingly dependent and singularly focused on physical, material sources of power and therefore almost incompetent to wield, much less understand, the nature of spiritual power." (pp. 186-187)

I found the prayer Dallas would pray over his students in some of his seminars. This is a good prayer for me today, at the beginning of 2018.

“I pray that you would have a rich life of joy and power, abundant in supernatural results, with a constant, clear vision of never-ending life in God’s world before you, and the everlasting significance of your work day by day. A radiant life and a radiant death.” (p. 186)

My new book is Leading the Presence-Driven Church.