Now it's clear to see that the whole emphasis here is on
the "Spirit" of God.
There are some situations and conditions and problems Israel is
facing in Zechariah that can ONLY be handled by reliance on the
Holy Spirit of the Lord!
These issues cannot be faced and conquered by "might."
That noun in Hebrew is "chayil" and is translated in the King
James Bible as "army" (56 times), "man of valour" (37 times),
"forces" (14 times), "valiant" (13 times) and even "riches" (11
It's etymology points to a root word that means to twist or
whirl (in a circular or spiral manner) and has taken on the
meaning of "force," like a tornado I would think.
Anyway, the army can't help with Zechariah's (the priest) and
Zerubbabel's (the governor) and Israel's (the nation) problems
Nor can "power." This noun is "koach" (pronounced "ko'-ak")
and means that which is FIRM! It is rendered the following
ways in our Bible: strength, power, might, force and
ability. If it has a particular nuance of meaning, it may reside
in the fact that it often suggests BIG things! Sheer size
God just told those men that the army can't help them!
Nor can anything big do the job! (Nothing's big enough for
BUT One exists Who can help!
"My Spirit!" says the Lord.
"By My Spirit!"
The noun "ruach" just means by definition breath, breeze or wind
(air)! Yet that's the word picture the Bible uses for the
Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments! ("Rucah"
He is The very Breath of God!
In fact He is God!
We serve One God ... Who exhibits Himself in a Triune Manner;
Father, Son and Spirit!
The SPIRIT can do things today to help us!
Mighty things apparently!
Fighting things apparently!
Things an army can't do!
Massive things too!
Things the biggest ________________ you know can't handle!
We must serve a BIG God then!
This chapter in Zechariah teaches us that the Holy Spirit is
God's Source of Power for us today!
Isn't that exactly what Jesus declares in Acts 1:8 ---
"But ye shall receive power, after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you ...."
Lord willing, about "power" soon!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I've just found a "power" verse that is quite thrilling!
Psalm 62:11 says ... "God hath spoken
once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto
Isn't that amazing?
The Hebrew Name used for God here is "Elohiym." That
prefix, "El," means power or strength or might! (God's
very Name, the One used 2,606 times in the Bible, includes the
The verb "hath spoken" is a Piel form of a standard action word
in Hebrew. "Dabar" is used 1,143 times in the Bible.
It means to declare. BUT in the Piel, it includes speaking
with great intensity and force!
And the verb "heard" ("shama" in Hebrew) means more than just
sound waves entering the ear canal! It means to listen and
understand and (when required) to obey!
Then the word "power" ("oz" in Hebrew)' only found 93 times in
Scripture, means strength (as a noun or adjective), might or
even boldness (1 time). Additionally once it is rendered
"loud!" (2nd Chronicles 30:21)
And the verb "belongeth," plainly being italicized ("belongeth")
is supplied by the King James translators to clarify meaning.
It is probably gleaned from the preposition "unto:"
Power unto Elohim!
But let's examine that little word "unto." In Hebrew it
has these meanings: to, for, towards, in regard to,
according to, or belonging to! Another Hebrew lexicon
says: "of" or "by!"
Power is of God and comes by means of God and
belongs to God and must be considered according to
How very accurate our Bible is!
So ... to acquire any true power needed for everyday Christian
life ... one must make application to the Almighty God of
Scripture. He's the Source of it all!
And isn't that the same thing Jesus said 1,000 years after the
Psalmist? In Matthew 28:18 He declares:
"All power is given unto me in heaven and
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Psalm 68:35 says: "O God, thou
art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is
he that giveth strength and power unto his people.
Blessed be God."
The adjective "terrible" (in Hebrew = "yare") means fearful or
awesome! It also has the idea of being "reverenced!"
"Holy places" (in Hebrew = "miqdash") in the King James Bible is
translated "sanctuary" (69 times) and "holy place" (3 times) and
"chapel" (1 time) and "hallowed part" (1 time)!
The verb "giveth" ("nathan") means to bestow or grant or permit
or even lend!
Then things get even more interesting!
The noun "strength" (in Hebrew = "oz") is the usual word for
might! It is used as such 93 times in the Old Testament.
(As follows: strength 60, strong 17, power 11, might 2,
boldness 1, loud 1, and mighty 1 time) So far things are
pretty normal linguistically.
BUT then comes the word for "power!" In Hebrew "taatzsumah"
means just what it says --- "power." YET it is a hapax
logomenon! That means it is only used once in all the
Bible! Its "root" meaning seems to be "to crunch the
bones!" It is a dramatically forceful word!
Precisely what this word means we cannot tell!
God has not chosen to use it often in Scripture. (That's
how to best tell God's definition of a term!) Just this
once does the Spirit of God draw this noun from His infinite
So ... what ever God gives us ... it's unique! It's
special! It's un-definable perhaps! But it's great!
Suffice it to say this: Whatever we need in the area of
strength, power, might and ability ... HE can provide ... as a
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I heard a Preacher say this.
It sure excited my soul!
He simply reminded the people of God that we actually live the
Christian life based upon two great truths!
Each of those truths is learned from a mountain top!
The first Fact is learned at Mount Calvary, Golgotha's Hill!
Jesus shed His precious Blood to
The second Fact is learned at Mount Olivet when Jesus ascended
back to His Father in Heaven!
There He said: "All power is given
unto me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
Mount Calvary ... salvation!
Mount Olivet ... power to live for Jesus once we are saved!
Each vital to the Christian life!
Without the first (salvation at Calvary) there is no Christian
Without the second (power at Olivet) there is no victorious
We must have both His Life (provided in the past at Golgotha)
and His Power (granted moment by moment from the Right Hand
of The Father) to successfully live for Him!
Appropriate both in your life!
That "all-power" that Jesus possesses, He shares with His
children! It is in reality the
"power of the Spirit!" After Jesus' 40 day
Temptation, Luke 4:14 tells us: "And
Jesus returned in the
power of the Spirit into Galilee!"
With that Power in mind, Jesus told His Disciples ... then us:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto
my Father." John 14:12
The last thing Jesus promised His followers before ascending to
Heaven was: "But ye shall receive
power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you ...."
Dear friend, do live at Mount Calvary ... but you had best visit
Mount Olivet every day too!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
"In the last day, that great day
of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man
thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on
me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit,
which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy
Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet
Loosely based upon the Scripture you just read, John 7:37-39, I
give you the following little story.
It is said to have happened in the State of Colorado.
A little town, normally dry from a lack of rain, had discovered
a cool clear lake in the mountains above and not too far away.
An ingenious little plan was developed and implemented that dug
a channel, inserting into it the proper pipe-work, that brought
torrents of that precious liquid to kitchens and baths all over
News of this newfound blessing rapidly spread throughout
the region. Naturally many families begin moving into the
vicinity. Water! No one had enough and this little
village had plenty! (All because of the channel!)
The economy exploded in growth!
Things were just great ... then:
Suddenly one day ... no water!
It was gone!
Days became weeks ... folks grew discouraged and some made plans
One adventurer decided to investigate.
He would discover the problem.
Off he went!
And guess what?
The lake was still full ... and the water clean and cold and
clear as ever.
Nothing wrong with the that!
But back in town all was dry!
The problem was found.
An animal had drowned and been sucked into the pipe that drained
the water from the lake up above! The pipe that sped the
water on its swift journey to the city below ... to the
thousands upon thousands of thirsty mouths ... was totally
The channel was "clogged!"
It was that simple!
Something had stopped the flow!
Once proper removal and cleaning and disinfecting had been done
... again came the water!
As much as ever ... if not more!
Does anyone see the moral of this little event?
We Christians are to receive torrents of Holy Spirit Power day
by day also ... like rivers of water! (Again, John 7)
But sometimes we get all kinked and blocked and obstructed too!
With sins and filth and things that quench and grieve the Holy
Once that happens ... only detriment can come!
We just MUST see to it that the channel is open and flowing!
Keep sins confessed!
Commune with the Holy Spirit hourly!
Paul says, "Walk in the Spirit!"
Better yet, Galatians 5:25 --- "If we live
in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
Brethren, keep things flowing!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I just saw the association of two great truths in John 1:29-34
as never before!
I am astounded!
John the Baptist first sees Jesus and this is recorded of him:
"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto
him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the
sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a
man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I
knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel,
therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare
record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a
dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he
that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon
whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him,
the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I
saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God."
First ... John names Jesus as the Lamb of God ... pointing to
Calvary and our salvation! Then ... he immediately goes to
the subject of the Holy Spirit, the Bringer of Power for the
Jesus will not ONLY save the lost through His shed Blood ... He
will also baptize them with His Holy Spirit!
The two truths must be linked!
The Holy Spirit does IN me what Jesus did FOR me!
The Lord Jesus, via His Blood, redeemed me! The Holy
Spirit daily applies that redemption price to my earthly life
What Jesus did at the Cross to my heart (cleansed it) ... the
Spirit does on earth to my feet and hands and eyes (sanctifies
and keeps them clean)!
In the Old Testament all Jewish males had to go to Jerusalem to
the Temple 3 times a year. (Deuteronomy 16:16)
Those times were at the Feasts of: Passover, Pentecost and
Tabernacles! (Not JUST Passover!) Passover
celebrates the Blood of salvation! Pentecost celebrates
the coming of the Holy Spirit! And Tabernacles celebrates
thanksgiving for all God's blessings! Hence I say ...
three things are necessary for the execution of a godly
successful vibrant Christian life: Calvary's Blood
(Jesus), Pentecost's Oil (Holy Spirit) and Tabernacles'
Thanksgiving (The Father)!
Our Source of forgiveness and our Source of power must both be
in focus as we live day by day!
Still ... it all ultimately focuses on Jesus! For as John
7:39b says: "For the Holy Ghost was
not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified."
Without Jesus' Death, Burial and Resurrection (and Ascension)
... the Spirit could have never come in His POWER!
Think about it!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I was thrilled!
I had learned a new verse!
On the surface it looks rather ordinary ... but what that
Preacher taught me was astounding!
It is taken from the life of Gideon, the Judge of Israel.
And here it is: "But the Spirit of
the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and
Abiezer was gathered after him." Judges 6:34
Look at that little verb: "came upon."
In Hebrew it is "labash" and is used 112 times in the King James
Now get this. It's main meaning is "to be clothed!"
Of its 112 uses in the Bible, 51 times it is rendered "clothed"
and 22 more times it is "put on" as one does with his clothing!
It's to be "arrayed" another 6 times and "wear" 4 times! Plus
"apparel" or "apparelled" 2 more times! In fact, it is
only translated "came upon" this one time!
The word picture is obvious! The Spirit of God CLOTHED
Gideon in Power ... Power for his God-given job ahead!
Or scholars teach us that it could be visualized this way:
The Holy Spirit clothed Himself with Gideon!
Then the Lord reminded me of another verse with similar meaning.
Jesus told His Disciples that after His Ascension they should
return to Jerusalem and wait ...! Here are His exact
words: "And, behold, I send the
Promise (the Holy Spirit) of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in
the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with Power from
on high." Luke 24:49
See that verb "endued?"
It in Greek is spelled: "enduo!" The English
language just "borrowed" it from the Greeks!
What does it mean?
"Duo" means to sink down into something. (As one steps
into his clothing!) And the preposition/prefix "en" just
Endued means to put one's clothes on!
Here again ... we see a Believer "clothed" with the Power of the
What a blessing!
Friend, what are you "wearing" today?
I do hope it is He, God the Holy Spirit!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Perhaps four of the hardest words to define are: life,
light, love and power.
Philosophers and teachers and social engineers of all kinds have
pondered them for years.
Even theologians tackle them!
Without being boastful or simplistic, I believe that any
Believer (with an opened Bible in his hand) can define them all
... rather quickly too!
Life? Jesus is Life! He said so!
"I am the way, the truth and the Life!"
John 14:6 And later in John 17 He defined eternal Life.
He said to His Father: "And this is
Life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and
Jesus Christ, Whom thou hast sent." Amen!
Light? Again, listen to Scripture (John 8:12) ---
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk
in darkness, but shall have the Light of life.
There it is!
Love? You guessed it! "God is
Love!" 1st John 4:8
But, since it's our subject this month, what about Power?
Same kind of answer!
Jesus promised just before He went back to Heaven:
"But ye shall receive Power, 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. And when He had
spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a
cloud received him out of their sight." Acts 1:8-9
Power comes when the Holy Spirit comes!
He is Power!
The more of Him you have ... or should I say the more of you He
has ... the more Power you will experience. Power to live
for the glory of God!
Power is not a thing ... It is a Person!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 10 ...
The Shekinah Glory Cloud ("The Pillar of the Cloud") was given
to Israel even before they crossed the Red Sea! It is
first mentioned as "a pillar of a cloud" in Exodus 13:21.
However, about a year later, when the Tabernacle was completed,
we see the Cloud of God's Presence do something unusual.
"Then a cloud covered the tent of the
congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the
congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of
the LORD filled the tabernacle." Exodus 40:34-35
The Cloud filled the tent, the Tabernacle!
That earthly Tabernacle is a picture of Jesus for sure!
But it also can be a picture of a Believer today in whom the
presence of God rests through the precious Holy Spirit.
Now watch these 4 lessons develop.
1. Prior to the cloud doing this "new" thing ... a great
emphasis has been placed on obedience! I counted 15
times the people "did as the Lord
commanded Moses" in the last two chapters of Exodus
Here's the point: Only by obedience comes the "filling" of
2. Next comes the "filling" of the tent! When the
Cloud "covered" the tent the verb used is "kasah" and means hid,
concealed, overwhelmed or even clothed! The companion
verb "filled" is (in the King James Bible) rendered "overflowed"
and "satisfied" several times!
The point: Complete saturation by the Spirit of God!
Enveloped in His Presence!
3. After that ... every move Israel made was "Spirit led" or
Spirit controlled! In Numbers 9 there are dozens of times
the Cloud moves ... and so does the nation! (45 lines of
Scripture I am told!) Jesus said the Spirit would GUIDE
us! John 16:13
Point: Walk in the Spirit! Galatians 5:16 and
4. Then, consequently, came intimacy of communion with the Lord!
Let me show you what I mean. Here's the last bit of Exodus
(in red) and the first words of Leviticus (in blue). Let's
put them together without a break:
"And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the
children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: but
if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the
day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was
upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the
sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake
unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,
speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man
of you bring an offering unto the LORD ...."
See the linkage?
And this last point: The lines of communication are
wide open ...when the fullness of the Spirit is in
We've just had a Lesson from the Tent of Meeting ... for the
literal temples of the Lord (His saints) in this Church age!
Therein is the secret of Power in the Christian life!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
In Judges 15:14 we are told of Samson: "And
when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him:
and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords
that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt
with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands."
The verb here, "came upon," in Hebrew is "tzsalach" and means to
"break upon" someone ... to "rush" upon someone, to "go over"
someone or even to "prosper" someone!
The Power of the Spirit here enabled Samson to take ...
"a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth
his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith!"
Now, that's power!
HOWEVER ... sadly, in just a few verses another fact is
"And she said, The Philistines be
upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I
will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he
wist not that the LORD was departed from him."
The Spirit came!
The Spirit left!
What's this all about?
Of course we are studying an event that occurred in another
dispensation. We are in the "Old Testament" days of the
Yet we must believe all Scripture is given by inspiration of God
and is profitable! (2nd Timothy 3:16)
While in our New Testament age of God's Grace ... the Spirit of
God does NOT forsake true Believers ... He still can be grieved
or quenched according to Paul.
Now back to my question .... what happened in Samson's life to
cause the Spirit to depart?
Well ... between Judges 15:14 (the Spirit UPON Him) and Judges
16:20 (the Lord DEPARTED) is an event that can't be overlooked!
Samson had an immoral love affair! Maybe two!
THAT cost him his communion (and therefore his power) with the
Now if that's the only time such a happening is recorded in
Scripture, one might question my whole thesis.
But ... in the life of King Saul it occurs again! (The
Spirit upon Him ...the Spirit departing from him!) That
departing action of the Spirit was again due to sin ... on
Then in Matthew 17, just after Jesus' Transfiguration, the
Disciples could NOT cast a demon out of a little boy. Before
that occasion they had cast out demons readily. What happened?
Why did they now lack "power" to help a suffering Dad and his
son? How could the problem be solved? Here's the answer.
"Then came the disciples to Jesus apart,
and said, Why could not we cast him (the demon) out? And
Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say
unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall
say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it
shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."
Prayer and fasting are just other ways of saying "communion"
with the Godhead! And their "unbelief" may have been
directed toward the Holy Spirit as well! They had
temporarily lost their power due to some kind of sin!
Power is available to us ONLY as we abide in constant conscious
communion with the Lord!
As long as we do not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit!
Let us seek to live daily in ... "the
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
communion of the Holy Ghost." 2 Corinthians 13:14
(That's Paul's closing prayer in that Epistle ---
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be
with you all. Amen.")
And sin breaks that communion!
Christian, this is important!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Look with me at Romans 5:5 --- "And hope
maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in
our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
We have already agreed in this study that POWER from God is
mediated through the Holy Spirit today.
I now just want you to notice the mode of the Spirit's
He is the Spirit of _____________________. (Any of God's
Attributes could be placed in this blank space because the Holy
Spirit IS God!)
But He is especially the Spirit of LOVE!
The foremost quality of the Fruit Of The Spirit is LOVE!
Galatians 5:22-23 ("But the fruit of
the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.")
Romans 5:5 tells us that when we're saved the Holy Spirit "sheds
abroad" in our hearts LOVE, the love of God! And this Love
leads to Hope as well!
BUT learn the WAY He works!
The Spirit "sheds abroad" that love!
The verb for "shed abroad" is in Greek "ekcheo" and means to
pour ("cheo") out ("ek")! To pour out! That sounds
like a copious amount! That's a lavish application!
Plenty of love! (No wonder real Christians are such loving
Here's my point today. What the Spirit of God does, He
does prodigally! Liberally! In great abundance!
In the King James Bible that verb "shed abroad" ("ekcheo") is
used 27 times. It is translated "poured out" 12 times!
(Not a thimble full, but a bucket full!) And even "gushed
out" (1 time)! One lexicon says it means "to bestow or
In its first New Testament use, speaking of wine ... it "runneth
out!" See Matthew 9:17.
Its second use deals with blood being shed! Matthew 23:35!
(Many subsequent uses are blood related too, including
the Blood of Jesus!)
In John 2:15 it is used in connection with a clean-up job.
Money is poured out! And Jesus did it!
In Acts 2:17 and 33 Simon Peter describes Jesus "pouring
out" the Holy Spirit upon us in these last days!
And in Titus 3:5-6 Paul says God shed the Holy Spirit upon us ("ekcheo")
abundantly ("plousios")! The adverb here means with
wealth! From a verb meaning "to fill full!"
In Jude verse 11 our word is translated "greedily!" (See
the "intensity" it incorporates!)
And Revelation 16 uses our word 9 times in the "pouring out" of
God's wrath (vials) upon a wicked earth during the Tribulation!
What the Holy Spirit does, He does heartily! With great
And that adjective I believe well describes His POWER giving
What else could I think?
"But ye shall receive power, after that
the Holy Ghost is come upon you ...." Acts 1:8
God not only saves us ... but also empowers us to live for Him!
Abundant Life! And Abundant Power too!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I read this account in an old book about the Power of God.
A lady had been given a small harp. It was a beautiful
instrument. And she was an accomplished musician too.
However, try as she would, no lovely harmonious sounds could be
Yet she had been told that this harp was prone to yield
unutterably sweet melodies!
Disappointed, she returned to the letter that had accompanied
the harp. Then she learned something vital!
This harp was meat to simply be placed in a window, preferably
the one facing the prevailing wind!
After a relatively calm day, twilight finally came ... and so
did the breezes!
It was as if the harp came alive!
The gentle (and occasionally not so gentle) wind began to
produce some of the loveliest music she had ever heard!
That was the secret of this harp for sure! Let the winds
blow! (It's like the Shulamite Bride said of her Groom:
"Awake, O north wind; and come, thou
south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may
flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his
pleasant fruits." Song Of Solomon 4:16)
Now to those of you with a discerning eye, that "wind" and those
"breezes" are a type of the Holy Spirit of God! (We
Christians are like that little harp too!) While we can
make no lovely music on our own ... if we place ourselves in the
path of that holy Wind, at the disposal of the Spirit of God,
... what pleasant melodious sounds can be heard!
Christian, get in place! Right where God wants you to be!
The pray ... Blow, Wind, blow!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Perhaps the best place in Scripture to find truth about the Holy
Spirit and His Power (for us Christians in the latter days of
this Church Age) is in the Epistles of the New Testament.
They do contain some "jewels" of information too!
We will select just four precise statements.
"Quench not the Spirit." (1
Thessalonians 5:19) The verb "quench" means to extinguish
a flame! This verse likens the Holy Spirit to a gentle
flicker of fire warming one's heart! A "fire" that needs
to be tended!
Twice to the Galatians Paul advised walking in the Spirit too!
In Galatians 5:16 we find: "This
I say then, Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." The
Spirit here is a Sphere in which we live and walk and have our
being! This is repeated in Galatians 5:25 ---
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
Then ... "And grieve not the holy Spirit
of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."
(Ephesians 4:30) That verb "grieve" basically means "to
hurt one's feelings" or "to make feel sorry!" Do not
offend the Holy Spirit! He is a Person of the Godhead!
He is God!
Lastly, "And be not drunk with wine,
wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit." (Ephesians
5:18) The "tense" of the verb "filled" here implies an
on-going action! Constantly be in the state of
being filled! Filled to overflowing! (This verb also
is passive. We cannot fill ourselves! But we can
empty ourselves of flesh and self and sin ... so the Lord can
These descriptions of what to do and not do in reference to the
Spirit of God insist that we commune and fellowship with Him at
all times! Actually we are to live in what Paul calls the
"communion" of the Holy Spirit! (2nd Corinthians 13:14)
My, what power will ensue!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Yesterday I got to thinking about the POWER
of God again!
I asked myself ... What are the most
astounding Bible statements about God's almighty Power?
I came up with a short list, as the Spirit
reminded me of a few things that both Paul and Peter said.
To me the greatest single statement in the
New Testament (for the Believer in Christ) about Power is found
in Ephesians 1. The great Apostle Paul mentions his desire that
"we may know ... the exceeding greatness
of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of
His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him
from the dead, and set Him at His Own right hand in the heavenly
places!" Wow! Paul just said that the POWER available
to us Christians is the same power that raised Jesus from the
dead! To me, that is awesome!
Second on my list is Ephesians 3:20. Paul
speaks of God as One Who "is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according
to the power that worketh in us!" Think of that! He has
placed within us the power (Holy Spirit) Who can do MORE ...
MUCH MORE ... than we will ever be able to ask or think!
Then I have one of Peter's verses in mind.
He tells us that we are "kept" saved by the power of God!
Writing to Believers he says: "Who are
kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to
be revealed in the last time." (1st Peter 1:4) If God's
Power keeps me saved, I am secure!
Lastly I would include 2nd Peter 1:3 where
the Preacher tells us that God has, by His Power, given us ALL
we need to live for Him! "According as
His divine power hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness!" That's
amazing! Everything I need for godly living!
Let's put my "list" together.
We have access to Power that's
almighty! (It raised Jesus from the dead!)
We have Power that's
ABOUNDING! (More than we can ask or think!)
We have Power that's
ABIDING! (It keeps us saved day by day!)
And we have Power that's
AMPLE! (It gives us ALL things we
need to live for God!)
Preachers, your list will no doubt differ
from mine ... but it sure is an interesting thought we've
pursued together, isn't it?
What are the greatest POWER verses to you?
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell