Power: Not for Sale
“Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.”
Acts 8:19-20
When Simon, the magician saw that power was released when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered to buy it with money. I presume Simon must have purchased his magical power, hence his proclivity to buy the power of the Holy Spirit from Peter and co.
It is an aberration to even think that the Holy Ghost power can be purchased with money. As such, any man or woman of God who demands money from you in order for you to tap into the “unction or anointing” that they carry is another “Simon the sorcerer”! He or she is fake and must not be taken seriously. We cannot do business with the power of the Holy Spirit! No! We must not to monetise our preachings or spiritual gifts! Freely we have received from the Lord, freely we must give to people!
The Bible says, “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
Matthew 10:7-8
We can tap into the power of the Holy Spirit by:
1. Coveting!
“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”
1 Corinthians 12:31
This passage is the only place where coveting is allowed in scriptures!
The word “covet” means to desire earnestly or yearn to possess something belonging to another. Coveting is about being seriously thirsty for something. The Bible says, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”
Isaiah 55:1
Power belongs to God exclusively, and He gives it to whoever He likes, but majorly to those who are thirsty for power. The truth is that the gift or power of God is covetable so long there is no ulterior motive of merchandising or selfishness. Simon had a longing but his longing was not pure, as it was corrupted by the god of mammon. God will satisfy us with His power if we earnestly covet for it with pure motive and with the objective of touching lives positively.
2. Believing!
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Mark 9:23
We can tap into the power of the Holy Spirit by the instrumentality of Faith.
The gift or power is possible on the basis of our faith. Do you believe in the power of the Holy Spirit? Do you believe you are a candidate to be endued with power? Can you dare believe God for it? If yes, then you can tap into the power of the Holy Spirit!
3. Praying!
There is nothing that unlocks the power of the Holy Spirit like prayer!
Prayer sets the stage for the release of His power. Prayer is about placing a demand for something from God. Prayer should be a lifestyle where you talk to God like you talk to a friend or your earthly father. It is germane to pray in tongues if you can! When you pray in tongues, you edify your spirit and build up your faith. Praying in tongues generates power within. But have you been baptised with the Holy Spirit? If no, you can ask the Lord Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit first before you speak in tongues for self-edification. “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”
1 Corinthians 14:4
I decree and declare that you will always connect with the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus mighty name.
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe
www.jjogbeministries.org