Commands that Impart Power

Commands

“And he said, ‘O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!’ So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me’” (Dan. 10:19, NKJV).

This Scripture describes an interaction between Daniel and “one who looked like a man,” who spoke God’s message to him. Do you see the correlation here between the command Daniel received, and its fulfillment? The Lord’s command to him was, “Fear not! Be strong!” And the next moment, Daniel tells us that he had received strength. What happened there?

God was not saying to him, “Pull yourself together. Dig deep inside yourself and come up with some strength.” No; rather, He was saying, “Receive strength. I am giving it to you through this command.” God’s strengthening power literally flowed to Daniel through the very command He gave him, to be strong.

Whenever God gives us a command, it works the same way. His command comes charged with the power for its fulfillment. He intends for us to meditate on His words, understanding that as we do so, His power is flowing into us to obey them.

  • “In your anger do not sin” (Eph. 4:26, NIV). The power in this command charges our spirit with self-control. As a result, even when we feel angry, we can refrain from hurting those around us as we lean into His very present help.
  • “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16, NKJV). These words impart God’s holiness to us. They say to our hearts, “I am holy, and I am pouring My holiness into you and through you in this moment. I am freeing you to live out of this place of holiness that is now yours!”
  • “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12, NKJV). With this command, Jesus is actually empowering us to love with a self-sacrificial love. His very instructions are depositing into our inner being a love that goes beyond the selfish standards of this world.

This is one of the many reasons to fall in love with the Bible more than ever before. The more His words get into your spirit, the more empowered you will be. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63, NKJV).

Every day, open the Word and invite Him to speak to you as you read. As He pours out to you His Spirit-words, drink deeply. Receive their rich nourishment, their life-giving energy. And then get ready to have a victorious day, running on the strength of what you have imbibed!

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (Col. 3:16, ESV).

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What command in the Word is imparting power to you this week?

 

12 thoughts on “Commands that Impart Power

  1. Remember this: Who ever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (2 Cor. 9:6 NIV)
    Though many take this verse as pertaining about giving to the church (an important command of the Lord to follow with a right heart), to me it speaks of a deeper commitment of the giving of oneself. When I halfheartedly read the Word, or go on a visit, I sow sparingly. I deprive myself of the true richness the Lord has for me. When I allow Him to till the ground I walk in, I do indeed reap generously because the fruit of the labor is what He has intended me to discover.
    I wholeheartedly agree that we all are to embrace God’s word daily, always asking Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds to receive, learn from and then act upon what it is He is teaching us each day.
    Blessings to you and this ministry Jennifer,
    Chuck

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    1. Wow, Chuck, what a neat perspective on that verse! I never saw that particular one from that point of view. It goes beautifully with the instructions in Galatians 6 to sow to the Spirit, with the promise that we will reap life. I am taking this in. I really, really appreciate your insightful comments — they always bless me so very much! I read this one and the last one you contributed here to my best friend, as we are on a road trip together, and we were both so blessed. Holy Spirit is SO generous in bringing the Word alive! May He shower His riches in glory on you today, my brother 🙂

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  2. The last words of the Gospel of Matthew– “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
    Believers need to review those words now and then for what they do, and do not, promise. He did not say we wouldn’t undergo trials with heavy crosses to bear; He did say He would be with us, no matter what, to help us through it all. We can walk on water, if we keep our eyes fixed on Him. — Mike

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    1. Beautiful, beautiful truth, Mike! His intimate presence with us is EVERYTHING. And that made me smile, because the water-walking story has been one of the ones He has most emphasized to me over the last two or three years. It has come up SO many times. So, thank you 🙂 🙂

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  3. Yes!! When Jesus says, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk,” he gives power to do what was impossible before. His Word always has that power, so that whatever he tells us to do, he also makes us capable of doing it. J.

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  4. I like to reflect on the voice that gives these commands, who in the beginning said, “Let there be” … and there was. I was blessed by your meditations today. Thank you!

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  5. The command’ follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.’ Following Jesus is indeed a life commitment. Picking up the Cross and following explains all the valleys and hills, suffering and ultimate eternity. But being a fisher of men. I did not see how that applied to me. Only in life today am I finding it is often in simply ‘turning up’ ‘being as Christ’ in places often not where I would have chosen to be. Ie: Medical facilities etc simply BEING. Smiling being ‘alive’, If asked why….A simple response….This earth is not my final home seems to be shaking some folk up. Please God they find THE WAY.

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    1. Wow, I like that! Speaking of that very truth, I would love for your special prayers this week. I’m spending the week with my grandma, who doesn’t know Jesus yet, and is turning 89 in a few days. Please pray that I have the opportunity to influence her for Jesus!

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