As we approach the end of 2015, it’s important that we finish strong! Zechariah 4:6b says, “not by power, nor by might, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” The key though is to know that it’s not by our power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Back in the day, when I used to go out and party, my girlfriend and I used to always play a song right before we left the house titled “Ive Got the Power,” by a group called Snap (in case you want to hear it, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BRv9wGf5pk). This song pumped us up.  You couldn’t tell us anything.  We knew we would be turning heads and getting all the dances.  We were confident in who we were and no one could tell us anything different. As we sang the words, we prophetically spoke over our lives. As I reflected back on those days, I heard the Spirit say, what if you said that every time you opened your eyes and stepped out of the bed. He asked, “do you still believe you have the power?” Well I don’t know about you, but sometimes I allow the enemy to make me believe that I’m powerless. To overcome this, we have to remember that the power dwells on the inside of us. Jesus said in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” The Greek word for the first use of the word power is exousia. Exousia means authority, or the right. So Jesus gave us the authority to be victorious over anything that could try to kill us. The Greek word for the second use of the word power is dunamis. Dunamis means ability, or might to influence. So we have been given the authority over anything that would try to kill us, as well over all of the ability of the enemy’s influence.

So where is this power? Proverbs 18:21 says “death and life is in the power of tongue.”  The Hebrew word for power in this verse is yad, which means to create. What we say creates life and death, not life or death. Our words simultaneously create life and death. If we say something positive, we are creating life for that positive thing to happen and for the opposite of what we are speaking to die.  If we speak something negative, we are creating life for that negative thing to happen and for the positive to die. Think about it like this, saying “I’m not going to ever get well,” speaks life to eternal sickness and death to the word which says by his stripes you are healed.  Saying, “I’m never going to get out of debt,” speaks life to eternal indebtedness and death to the word which says you’re a lender and not a borrower. On the other hand, if you say “I have the mind of Christ” this speaks life to your mental capacity and death to the negative report of dementia. So I admonish you to tap into the power that dwells within. Remember to use your words to bring life to the promises God has spoken and death to the lies that the devil has spoken. You’ve got the power!

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