This Bible Study is taken from Chapter Four: Prepared To Use His Power of "Working The Works of God" By Dr. Andrew M. Nkoyoyo
The Disentangled Life
Second, as an effective, power-filled Christian, you must refuse to become entangled in the affairs of this world. Your life should be distinctly different from those around you, marked by a willingness to set aside whatever may hinder God’s purpose for you.
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:4)
We all agree with the idea of remaining disentangled from things that are harmful to us. But a power-packed Christian must take this idea further. A true soldier also disentangles himself from some things that are advantageous and profitable, that would develop him, but which would turn him aside from his singular purpose – God’s will. As a power-filled Christian, your time and energy belong to God alone.
The Detached Life
Third, your life must be attached to God. Chambers states that you are to maintain an inner “intensely narrow moral purity” that is not dependent in any way upon your surroundings, so that you can be placed anywhere, anytime, and remain detached, able to be used of God.
Nothing that you do of our own accord is beneficial to the Kingdom. Rather, you are to be His hands, His voice in this world. Chambers likens this characteristic of being detached from the things of the world to the work of a priest who intercedes: Intercession is a vicarious work. It is not meant to develop us; it is vicarious from beginning to end.”
Intercession requires true detachment because nothing is gained by the intercessor. This is the quality you must maintain if you are to remain power-filled.
The Discerning Life
Fourth, your life is to be marked by discernment, like that of a farmer intimately aware of his crops.
The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. (2 Timothy 2:6)
Farmers know how to watch and how to wait, not with folded arms, but with intense activity and wonder. These are the characteristics a power-filled Christian must embody, no matter how far off the harvest may seem. The life that is set aside for God’s purpose, according to Oswald Chambers, “is full of speechless, child-like delight in God.”
Scripture validates the wisdom of a lifestyle of sustained focus on extravagant devotion to God. The world calls this lifestyle foolish, but God esteems, remembers and rewards it. Although maintaining a power-filled life is reward in itself, you are also guaranteed heavenly treasure if you diligently accomplish the tasks set before you.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. (Luke 6:23, NIV)
God invites every one of us to greatness without regard to our outward achievements or the size of our ministry’s impact.
The opportunity for promotion is available to all; you must simply pursue it in the right way, through obedience. Your greatness is based on the development of your heart in love, meekness and revelation.
…he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest. (Luke 9:48, NIV)
Do you remember the joy of abandonment you felt when you first heard the call to extravagant devotion to Jesus? He wants that freshness to return to you.
Do not allow any substitute for the new wineskin! Cultivate a renewed responsiveness of wholehearted love to God today.
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For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14 (NKJV)