What Is Spiritual Powerlessness?

Acts 19:11-20

  • And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
  • 12  So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
  • 13 ¶  Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
  • 14  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
  • 15  And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
  • 16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
  • 17  And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
  • 18  And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
  • 19  Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
  • 20  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
  • If you are interested in your destiny, your success in life and your  life after this life, you should be concerned about the level of God’s power in your life
  • This means that you must be concerned about your prayer life. Because to be prayerless is simply to be powerless

WHAT IS PRAYERLESSNESS?

  • PRAYERLESSNESS is not just not praying at all
  • PRAYERLESSNESS is actually  not praying properly
  • Prayerlessness is Not enjoying praying
  • Prayerlessness is Spending less and less  time in prayer
  • Prayerlessness is Praying only when it’s convenient
  • Prayerlessness is Sleeping when you should be praying,
  • Prayerlessness is Drinking tea before morning prayers
  • Prayerlessness is when you don’t have specific prayer times.
  • Prayerlessness is when you only pray survival prayers instead of revival prayers
  • PRAYERLESSNESS is spending more time with friends, on phone, sending text messages etc when you should be praying
  • Prayerlessness is the commonest and the greatest sin of God’s children
  • If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”2 Chro.7:14
  • It is now becoming very clear that Ice-cream bread and butter Christianity, and low energy and low appetite for prayer will not get us anywhere
  • A prayerless generation is a powerless generation
  • ACTS 4:23-31
  • And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
  • 24  And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
  • 25  Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
  • 26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
  • 27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
  • 28  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
  • 29  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
  • 30  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
  • 31  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
  • Show me a prayerless Christian and I will show you a power failure
  • One of the greatest needs of today’s church is bringing down God’s power to silence the noise of the enemy
  • Goliath was a very noisy enemy till David arrived on the battle field but as soon as David killed Goliath, power changed hands immediately
    • This  dying and disappearing world needs to see God’s children move in signs and wonders that the world might believe in Christ and be saved
    • We all need to show the world the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in order to effectively destroy the works of the devil
    • We   all need to turn Namibia,   upside down by displaying the raw power of God
    • We all need to display the supernatural   power of God in order to solve humanity  problems,
    • We   all need to display the supernatural   power of God in order to make a difference and fill up our churches with Saints
    • We   all need to heal the sick, cleanse leapers and cast out demons, in order to bring salvation, healing and deliverance to souls in Satanic bondages
    • We   all need to bring down the fire of God’s power against the enemy of our souls and destiny
    • God approves of the Ministry of Jesus by signs and wonders
    • Acts 2: 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
    • You must believe that God wants you to work and receive miracles
  • Demonic activities are now openly  on the increase anywhere you turn and this is why  we do  need to bring down the power of God.
  • Satan and his friends  are in a terrible rage, because many of God’s people are waking up and punishing them daily
  • Sin, sicknesses, diseases, curses and wicked programs of darkness are       released daily against innocent people
  • Plenty of suffering, poverty and wicked bondages are raging on earth from the kingdom  of darkness
  • Occultic and Satanic Kingdoms are nakedly displaying their powers without any shame
    • It is a big insult to the Holy Spirit in us   for these wicked powers to even prosper in our environment or in our  lives and homes
    • We must do what Apostle Peter did in Acts 8:9-25
    • We must curse them and their evil powers to their face
  • Evil men are getting stronger and stronger in our days
  • Powerlessness in the church is becoming more and more a serious thing of concern
  • You and I need God’s power in our lives now in Jesus name
    • If we must cope with the evils of this present world we need the  greatness of God’s    power to be manifesting  daily  in our lives
    • If you are sitting there and you don’t feel concerned about your     prayerlessness and powerlessness, the enemy has  captured you already
  • You need to be concerned and cry out to God  for help today
    • The Church needs   to understand   that we are the reason why evil is getting more and more powerful, because we  have not stood up to arrest it
  • When Christ’s love started  in Nigeria we used to pray form 10pm – 6 a.m on our feet
  • We had doctors, teachers, students, etc. who would needed to go to work the  following day
  • Now when we pray for just a few hours, people are already tired
  • We need to understand that seeking God’s power is not cheap at all
    • You need to lay hands on your head today  and command the  power of prayer  on your life by the fire of the Holy Spirit
  • I pray that your life will demonstrate the power of God in the name of Jesus Christ
    • The only language the enemy understands is power  and the only thing the enemy respects is violence  .This is a rule  that will never change
  • Matt 11:12
  •  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
  • When a lesser power encounters a greater power, it has to bow
  • I decree that before you leave today, you shall  receive  fresh power in Jesus name
    • Jesus  knew that his disciples were weak and He was not going to leave a group of powerless people behind
  • He therefore told them to tarry in Jerusalem so they could receive power
    • 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 earthActs 1:8
  • He knew they needed that power
  • Many of us are running after what we don’t really need
  • Many run after money, property, healing, miracles
    • Just  know that the day you get the genuine power of God in your life, these things will run after you
  • Lack of power will lead to plenty of poverty, bondage and slavery
  • Fortunately God’s power has no respect for age.
  • Moses was 80 when he demonstrated God’s power
  • Samuel was 3 years old, Shedrag Meshach and Abednego were all young men
  • The Apostle that brought revival to Nigeria was only 26 years old
  • There was a time the youngest evangelist in Nigeria was a 7 year old boy
  • God is looking for someone today who will say Lord I am tired of my powerlessness
  • Someone who will say “Lord  I am desperate for you”
  • Power is actually a difficult word to define
  • When the world  talks about power they mean capacity and ability to conquer and rule   
  • Sometimes  people start to qualify power in the following ways
    • Solar power, economic power, material power, financial power, cultural   power, Academic power,,or  supernatural power
  • But as far as  we are  concerned, real the  power is the Spiritual one
  • In Christianity   we talk of power to prosper, power to heal, power to deliver
    • That’s why Jesus says I give you power against all the powers of the enemy
    • 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. Luke 10:19,
    • And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; Mk. 6:7
  • Bible makes us understand that all power comes from God. Ps. 62:11.
  • But If you have to tell people you are powerful, you probably are not.
  • What is spiritual power?
  • Spiritual power is to have the fullness of Christ dwelling in you.
  • This is where the power ACTUALLY  starts to flow from into your life
    • Many are powerless because Christ does not dwell fully in them; flesh is the one dwelling in them
    • John 14:21-24
    • He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.22  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.24  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
    • Jesus refers to his keeping his WORDS and SAYINGS in this scripture as condition for empowerment John14:23
    • He also says that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that PROCEEDETH out of the mouth of God
    • What are  the instructions or words from the Lord to you that are being ignored?
    • We need to study the letters of Paul to Christians and change

2          Power is ability to go the 2nd mile. Long suffering never giving up, ability to continue when others give up Math.5:41

3          Power is ability to turn the other cheek

5          Power is ability not to react when offended

6          Power is ability for you to totally die to yourself and for Christ to reign in you

7          Power is the Lord depending on you anywhere you are

8          Power is ability to remain unpolluted in this present world

9          Power is ability to have access to the mysteries of God and remove obstacles in your way

10        Power is ability to keep your flesh under control

11        Power is ability to be silent when provoked

12        Power is ability to be filled with the Holy Spirit

13        Power is ability to put our enemy to flight

14        Power is ability to remove obstacles from your way

15        Power is ability to move in the gifts of the Spirit

16        Power is to be truly broken ,remoulded and refilled by the Holy Spirit

  • Conclusion of these 16 definitions is that power with men proceed from    power with God when we yield to His voice and will for our lives
  • Powerlessness is the foundation of all kinds of slavery and bondage
  • Sisters if you want to be powerful, if you don’t want demons in your flesh obey the Holy Ghost and get rid of all those worldly attires
    • You can tell the Lord I am going to remove these things and put them aside for a while and see what difference they will make
  • You cannot walk in full authority and power unless you are cleansed
    • Before we pray let’s   look at the clear difference between authority and power
    • Many believers struggle with  faith confession, power and   authority
  • 2 Kings 1:9-16
    • Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.
    • 10  And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
    • 11  Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.
    • 12  And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
    • 13  And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
    • 14  Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.
    • 15  And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
    • 16  And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
  • Authority is in the name of Jesus Authority also comes from the word of God
  • The word says you will cast out demons, heal the sick, set the captives free
    • Yes but power is the anointing from the Holy Ghost to do what the word    authorizes when we yield to the leading of the Holy spirit
  • Remember the  7 sons of sceva?
    • Acts  19:11-20
    • And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
    • 12  So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
    • 13 ¶  Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
    • 14  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
    • 15  And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
    • 16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
    • 17  And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
    • 18  And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
    • 19  Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
    • 20  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
  • Authority is given to all believers without measure but not power
  • Power flows when we are in true relationship with God
  • Authority has been given for you to pray in the name of Jesus Christ
    • But if your life lacks self denial, prayerfulness consecration and faith the   enemy will not respect what you say
    • Paul’s life was different from the lives of the seven sons of Sceva who were vagabond believers,who lacked self -denial.
    • A vagabond person is always  moving from place to place without a fixed home
    • Many Christians are just wandering from Church to Churcc and from Prophet to Prophet
    • They are just leading an unsettled, irresponsible, or disreputable life.
    • They refuse to be planted in the house of God and be mentored and disciplined unto good work.
    • They hate rebukes and move around from Church to Church with itching ears
    • Jude 12-21
    • These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
    • 13  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
    • 14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
    • 15 ¶  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
    • 16  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
    • 17  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
    • 18  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
    • 19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
    • 20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
    • 21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
    • The  sons of Sceva were carefree and careless believers who thought they could also cast out demons
    • They had no time to consecrate and devote themselves to prayers and to God but they wanted to cast out demons  in the name of Jesus  like Paul was doing
    • Your level of brokenness, obedience and self crucifixion,self denial  and discipline  will determine your power level
    • If you are unserious, unbroken, sinful, hypocritical and prayerless  you will sing and there will be no power
    • Authority is given at salvation, but power is released when you walk in the Spirit and deny ungodly lusts of the flesh
  • Brokenness and prayerfulness will always bring you powerful results
    • When you start to be prayerful and demonstrate God’s power, the 1st yoke to break will be your own yoke of laziness and lukewarness.
    • In conclusion, unbrokeness,  prayelessness and powerlessness will cost us a lot of wastage and damage
  • It will make us uprofitable to Christ and reduce us to the fate of the five foolish virgins
  • We need that fire power today
  • Those who are hungry for God stand up on your feet now
    • When praying you have to concentrate on God, don’t allow your    mind to dance up and down
  • Be serious, be fervent, be intensive be violent
    • IT’S TIME FOR GOD TO SHOW HIS POWER ON EARTH TODAY ISAIAH 64:1-4
  • Ps.63:1-2_The psalmist i.e David cried out to God
  • His soul thirsts and seeks the Lord.    His soul longs for revival
  • His soul seeks the power of God.Many of you may be in that situation now
  • But   God’s power is not far from us.His power is not difficult to get
    • His power is ACTUALLY  inside you if you are saved Lk.17:20-21
    • John 3:1-7 – You must be born again!!
  • You must allow Jesus to rule in your heart if you want to see God’s power
  • The power of God simply in the name of Jesus Christ
  • The power of God is In his word.The power of God is in his blood
  • The power of God is the Holy Spirit
  • The main gate to  all the gates of God’s power is the gate of the cross.
  • Apostle Paul says the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who perish
  • 1 Cor.1:18 – How can there be power in the name of Jesus
    • How can his blood that flowed more than 2000 years ago   still  be  flowing powerfully
  • How does God’s word work?
  • No one wants you to ask questions you must just believe
  • God cannot be and should never be queried
  • He is to be worshiped and obeyed If you put your trust in God
    • If you give your heart to Jesus If your study the Bible and obey God’s word
  • You will be very, very, very, and extremely very powerful.
  • John 14:1,6,12-14,18-23
  • God gives power to his people Ps.62:11
  • Jesus says if you obey Him God the father God the son Holy Spirit
  • All 3 will dwell in you
    • One way of understanding the power of God within you is   to preach the Gospel Lk.10:19; Mark 16:14-20
  • As the disciples went, Christ went everywhere with them
  • Christ in you the hope of glory
    • If you are a child of God and are playing with Lying, stealing, drunkenness, cleaning, violence, fighting, fraud, murder etc.
  • You need to confess these sins and be free to reign with Christ
  • The Holy Spirit does not dwell in dirty places,You are God’s temple
  • THIRSTING FOR GOD AND HIS POWER is important
  • Ps.63:1-2 – David cries out to God for His power in His life
  • Jesus promises that if you hunger and thirst after righteousness you will be filled
  • Math.5:6 If you hunger and thirst for God and his power I congratulate you
  • You will surely be filled
  • But God’s power is not difficult to have at all
  • His kingdom, his power is already within you Lk17:20-21
  • Jesus says and also remember you are made in his  Image
  • But you have to believe and see yourself as God sees you
  • This is only possible in Christ Jesus.
  • To receive Jesus is to receive God’s Power
  • Mark 16:14-20
  • Lk 10:19
  • Acts 1:8
  • Many can’t walk in the real power because they think God’s  power is cheap
  • They think that there is no  need to repent from all known and unknown sin.
  • God is light and there is no unrighteousness or sin in Him at all
  • He hates sin.   What is sin? Sin is missing the mark James 4:17
  • Sin is what you yourself know is sinful
  • Your sin is  that your darkest secret in your conscience
  • Confess it and ask Holy Spirit. to fill you with the power of God
  • THIRSTING FOR GOD’S POWER is a good thing   Ps.63:1-2
  • The Lord shows me that many people are longing for His presence and     power
  • But you need to know and understand 2 things about the power of God
  • God does not just empower people for the fun of it, He empowers for ministry
  • God is a God of plan and purpose
    • If He empowers you, you have to use the power for winning souls. Is.61:1-3; Mark 16:14-20
  • You must not be a lazy carrier of God’s anointing and authority.
    • You must be willing to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead and set the captives free from a heart of compassion Math 9:35-38
    • If you have compassion and  concern yourself with what concerns the Lord, you will always be powerful
  • Jesus showed  compassion when he raised Lazarus, he wept
  • The second thing is that power of God does not just  flow in words alone
  • You have to have the right relationship with God. Ps.24 , Ps26:11 Clean up your hands_  Josh 7:1-13 ; Acts 2:38Ps.19:10-14
    • Let us pray acts 2:22; 2 Tim.3:1-5;Mark 6 2-5
  • Gates of death reject me by fire in Jesus name
  • Any problem assigned to destroy my destiny die in Jesus     name
  • Every power mocking God in my life die in Jesus name
  • Opportunity wasters my life is not your candidate therefore, die in Jesus name
  • Every owner of evil load in my life carry your load in Jesus name
    • By fire by thunder I take back everything the enemy stole   from me in Jesus name
    • Oh Lord God of Elijah arise, change my story to glory, change this church story to glory
  • Overcoming power,and  prosperity overshadow me             now, overshadow this church, overshadow CLM,      overshadow our families in Jesus name
  • Affliction  shall not arise a second time
  • Any power sponsoring affliction against my life, my family die in Jesus name
  • Any power supervising  and repeating problems in my life die in Jesus name
  • Repeating bad history in my life die  in Jesus name
  • Prayer: Oh God of Elijah send down fire
  • Abba Father do not let   the enemy will not waste our lives in Jesus name
  • _          Father let  powerlessness depart from our lives today in Jesus name
  • _          Heavenly Father let  the fullness of Christ  dwell in us bodily in Jesus name
  • _          ,  Let our lives  always  manifest Chris  wherever we go  in Jesus name
    • _          I release myself and family  from the influence of vagabond and wandering spirits in Jesus name
    • _         I bind and cast them out of our lives, in Jesus name!
    • _          Our destiny will not be wasted; WE will not be VAGABONDS in Jesus name
    • _          Our children and  children’s children will not be VAGABONDS  in Jesus name !
    • _         Raw power of God come upon me now in the name of Jesus Christ
    • _         Power from on high incubate my life in the name of Jesus Christ
    • Raw power of God, power and fire from on high incubate   CLM  leaders and members now in Jesus name.
    • _         Lord save me from myself in Jesus name.
    • _         My father kill the flesh in my life in Jesus name.
    • _          My father break me and remold me in the name of Jesus Christ

Leave a comment

P O BOX 8149 Bachbrecht, Windhoek
Total Website Visits: 305278
John Simms Street, Windhoek North

Copyright © 2022 by Manjaro Design Agency. All rights reserved.