There’s a lot of seeking for God’s “power” among Christians. They should be seeking Jesus, not his power; but here’s how to really tell if a person has God’s “power” (grace) on their life:
THEY ADMIT THEIR SPECIFIC WEAKNESSES.
The Apostle writes,
…I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
And if the legalist will argue that “weaknesses” refers only to physical ailments or illness, I will say, That is a great wonder. It is written: “He took our illnesses and bore our sorrows” (Matthew 8:17; cf. Isaiah 53:4). And in another place,
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins — then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” –Jesus, Matthew 9:6
Clearly, the ailments for which Jesus atoned were not merely physical; and clearly, God’s power takes away both inner weaknesses and physical maladies.
So, that drug/porn/alcohol addict at recovery group, who lays it all out, because she wants Jesus’ deliverance…. She’s got the power. That guy who goes to counseling alone, because his wife has nothing wrong with her…. He’s got the power.
Those “Christians,” who say they are weak but then base blessings of “power” on their merits (not doing/doing)…. OR, The ones who look for gifts, signs and wonders before they’ll call you a fellow Christian…. OR, Those who trust in their denominational brand, fine points of doctrine or external traditions of dress and music to show their proper spirituality…. All are Fake, Proud & Powerless.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
Humility precedes power (i.e. grace)! Every time! …Not a meritorious mindset; and it is time for the Church to be REAL: to trust God and other humble believers with themselves.