You may have noticed that today’s preachers have no power. Either a pseudo-power of false prophecies and voodoo magic that leaves the person in a worse state after demons get through destroying their emotions and body or intellectual preachers that have academic vernacular, but cannot cast out demons, lay hands on the sick, but still claim that you need to be like Jesus. Did not Jesus do those things?
You must stir up the gifts of God. The confusion comes when one thinks because they have decided to serve this awesome God, who can do anything that he will. He will not. God has given his creatures a mind and a map and says to us, figure it out. He will step in and guide, but for the most part you are on your own. He designed it that way. He created Eve in the Garden of Eden so that Adam would have a partner in the navigation process. If God wanted to be that involved with us, he would not have created Eve. Eve is a purposeful distraction, while God sits back and looks at his fish in the fish bowl. He gives the obstacles as the grand designer and we figure out based upon his map our next move.
Why did I say all that? The reason you can have a pastor preach month after month and year after year without any demonstration like Paul is because people are puffed up with mans wisdom and not God’s. Take for instance the white Christian church, which boast millions of members and yet racism in the US is prevalent. Black churches are not the cause of the division, the color thing was started by white so-called Christians, but how? Because the gospel that is preached is without power. All words and no power. Why? Because God grants power to those who love. Love is the foundation for God’s power. You can exegete and use hermeneutics, but without love, you will not have any POWER.
If every leader in the New Testament Church demonstrates power and your pastor does not, it is because he is not serving the God of the Bible. You cannot teach something and not produce its fruit, if what you are teaching is in your heart. It all starts with the love of God in ones heart. No love and no power. Divorce happens because no love no power to stay married. Get love in and produce love for others and God grants the power.
How do I get the love in? Set your “AFFECTIONS” on things above. Is your conversation more about what you plan to do on earth or what you plan to do when you get to heaven? Are you more focused on the end of life or its middle and beginning? This will reveal if your affections are set properly and if you find they are not, you must begin a Bible binge reading session until the Word overflows in your heart and you literally feel the love of God pouring out. When you read, you make sure you have a yes I will obey attitude. You will struggle with some things in the Word, but you must submit and say within yourself Yes Lord Jesus I will follow.
Don’t be confused by those who give either. Most rich people have charitable organizations. Why? It makes them more money. They are the CEO’s of the charity and as such will receive a tithe from the money given from people poorer then them. The motivation isn’t love, but deception and all rich pastors fall into this as the New Testament church is one where all members have the same sufficiency. Don’t expect your rich pastor to teach you about Peter, who had power to cast out demons and heal the sick, to teach you God’s real economics. Rich pastors are like other secular rich people and use charity as another tool for the portfolio.