I’ve been posting about the two different sources of spiritual power – the Holy Spirit and the law. Remember, it’s the law that powers sin. There are some important differences between the law and the Holy Spirit.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Literally, this verse says God is powerful enough to do everything you need according to His grace. In all things, at all times – this means that the power of the Holy Spirit is permanent, whereas the law is temporary.
If I base my walk on how well I follow the law, I’ll soon be in big trouble. Everything is fine while I’m at church, especially if I just went to the altar and repented. I go on my way feeling strong spiritually.
Then it happens, on my way to the car I get into an argument. It all goes downhill from there. Now Satan has a base for accusation again and I can feel my power dwindling.
On the other hand, I can base my spiritual walk on the Holy Spirit within me. I know that He’s always there. I can run to Him in all things, at all times, and I know that He’s able to meet my need no matter what.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
1 Corinthians 4:20
There’s a second difference – the Holy Spirit is true, but the law is deceitful. What does that mean? When it comes to the law, you can always talk a good game.
“I pray, read my Bible, and am always on time for church.”
You can make it appear that you’re very powerful in the Lord, if that’s what it takes. It’s a good thing that most believers don’t know what true power is or the charade would be over.
With the power of the law, you can hold the batteries in your hand. Show off how much voltage you’re capable of. We can even hear other’s proclaim, “Boy, those are a lot of pretty big batteries.”
The reason I said that the law is deceptive, is because the batteries can be dead and no one would know the difference – unless they looked for change being produced. I’m going to let you in on a little secret – even the little pink bunny that keeps going and going eventually dies. His batteries run out.
When yours do, because you’re relying on how well you follow the law, then you’re left with only the appearance of power. That’s when we get together and “Remember when…” Remember when our batteries were charged and we saw someone saved, or healed so many years ago.
It’s time for the church to tap into the only reliable source of power – the Holy Spirit whom God has placed within us.
Question: How have your attempts at following the rules turned out?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013