Why is there no power in the church today? This is part 3 of the video series, “Why is there no power in the church,” by Alan Ballou.
Take one hundred sick people to any church building and less than 10 of them will receive anything. Why? We’re not ministering healing, but simply using the shotgun approach; pray for as many people as possible, and sooner or later something will happen.
Has God’s power diminished? No! God can do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or even think, but it is according to His power at work in us (Ephesians 3:20).
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. NKJV
We may have been given authority over evil spirits (demons), but are we living by faith? The prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16), but at the same time, a righteous person must live by faith (Romans 1:17). If he shrinks back, God will not be pleased with him (Hebrews 10:38).
The Lord listens to the prayer of a righteous man, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil (1 Peter 3:12). So if you participate in what is evil during the week, I would not want you to lay hands on me, if I was sick on Sunday morning.
A big Bible, a suit, and a bottle of oil does not make one righteous. If you are a friend of the world, Monday through Saturday, then you are still in opposition to God on Sunday (James 4:4), because you are not living by faith; the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
Those who live by faith, live by every Word of God, and not just the verses that teach us how to cast out demons (Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3). Can we really live by a few passages of scripture, ignoring the rest, and still declare that we are living by faith? Does faith not include all of the evidence written in the Bible (Hebrews 11:1), or does faith only come through a few of the verses (Romans 10:17)?
Both Mark 11:22-26, and Matthew 21:21-22 are passages that explain how Christians should speak to the mountain, telling it to leave, but both passages require having faith. We can’t live by faith, and at the same time reject God’s Word, which is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews chapter 11).
If you were living by faith, would you separate yourself from unbelievers according to 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1? Think about this. Is it the Holy Spirit, Who gives us the power needed for miracles (Galatians 3:5, Acts 10:38), that makes us want to live in opposition to God’s Word, or a deceiving spirit, in keeping with 1 Timothy 4:1?
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. NKJV
I’m Alan Ballou; a servant. If I may be of service to you, free of charge, anywhere in the world, please contact me.