True power is defined as the ability to produce change. Do you know how this relates to spiritual power? Do you understand the nature of the power of God working in you? For a few posts, I want to explore these issues.
To see this, I relate spiritual truth to the physical world. In the natural realm there are laws of power. One of these basic natural laws can aid in our understanding of how power works in the spiritual.
As an Electrical Engineer I had to calculate power usage in a number of applications. I had to learn all the formulas associated with those calculations. Is there a way to determine how much power we have in the spirit? It’s remarkably similar.
The electrical power law is as follows: Power is calculated as the Current multiplied by the Voltage. This law tells me that there are two components of power. There must be two aspects, voltage and current, that are both operating together. These are two things, without which there’s no power. No voltage, no power. No current, no power.
Let’s translate that to our walk with God. Paul wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy, about what religious church people would be like in the last days.
…having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
2 Timothy 3:5
This verse tells us a few important things about what some church people will be like in the last days. They appear to be godly, religious people. Their problem is that they deny the power.
Deny, now there’s an interesting word, especially for an Electrical Engineer. The Greek word translated as deny is a-rheo. It literally means not pouring out. It so happens that this Greek word is also the root word for a common electrical device. It’s called a rheostat. Of course, you would know it better as a dimmer switch for your dining room lights. It’s basically a faucet for electricity.
This gives me an excellent picture of what’s going on in the spirit. These people appear to be godly, but no power pours from them. They have shut off the faucet to the power of God in their lives.
If you say that you’re a godly person, and yet no change is being produced, something is wrong. Somewhere you’re shutting down the power before it can affect anything. You can’t be a light to the world if your dimmer switch is set to the off position.
This is why it’s so vitally important to understand the components of power. If I can understand how the power of God works in me, I can keep the lines open and clear for the Holy Spirit to operate through me.
Question: Do you desire to see God’s power producing change in your life?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012