Finding the Strength to Bear Witness
08/27/22 – 09/04/22
The Dynamite of God
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 08/29/22
Are you living up to the purpose God chose you to fulfill? Are you living up to His calling on your life? The Gospel is communicated in words—but it is so much more than just words. The Good News of Jesus Christ is power. It is dynamite. And I don’t mean that in the flippant way. In Romans 1:16, Paul says that the Gospel is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” That word “power” is dynamis in the original Greek—the word from which we get our English word dynamite. So it is not stretching the meaning of God’s Word to say that the Gospel is the “dynamite” of God. It blasts through our sin and rebellion, our brokenness and fallenness, our objections and rejection, and it powerfully draws us to Him.
Why does God need to dynamite people with the Gospel? Because blind eyes will not be opened by mere words. Hard hearts will not be softened by mere words. Stubborn wills will not be broken by mere words. That is why the Holy Spirit must dynamite our souls and spirits and consciences with the dynamic power of the Gospel.
I could speak the most eloquent words. I could offer the most compelling arguments. I could communicate with unparalleled passion and intensity. But until the Holy Spirit of God takes those words and infuses them with power, they will never open deaf ears or blind eyes. That is why our witnessing and our ministry to the world must be bathed in prayer. We dare not do or say anything without calling upon God’s dynamite power.
Prayer: I praise You, God, for Your dynamite power to save the lost—to save me! Help me to remember Your tremendous power to open the eyes of the spiritually blind when I intercede for others so that I do not give up praying for them. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'” (Matthew 19:26).
*Excerpt adapted from Fearless Living in Troubled Times by Michael Youssef © 2017. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.