To release the power of God over a situation you need four things: (1) the baptism in the Holy Spirit, (2) being continually filled with the Holy Spirit, (3) knowing the power that has been given to you, and (4) pray in faith.
If these four things are not taking place when you go to release the power of God, I can assure you God’s power will not flow.
The reason for this is the Bible reveals that there are laws that govern the supernatural power of God, similar to how natural laws govern the forces of nature.
For example, the Bible says that faith is a law.
“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:27:28)
Now obviously, these verses are referring to receiving righteousness by faith and not by works, but the point is still the same: there is a law of faith in the Bible.
This is true when it comes to the supernatural power of God for miracles as well the supernatural power of God for salvation.
“Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:22-23)
Notice Jesus said that the things “he” says will be done if they believe.
This is just one example. Let’s look at the rest.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
There is no release of God’s power without first receiving God’s power, and the Bible reveals that this only takes place through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
“You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:5 & 8)
In this passage, Jesus told the disciples not to depart from Jerusalem until they had the Holy Spirit come upon them, and He told them that once this happens then they will receive power.
The disciples had the greatest message of all time. They just saw Jesus die on the cross, get buried, and then rise from the dead. They now have the message of the forgiveness of sins and the reconciliation between God and man.
And yet, Jesus didn’t want them to go anywhere or tell anyone until they received power from on high.
The reason for this is simple; without the power of the resurrected Lord, there is no power in the resurrection message. For “the Kingdom of God is not in word only, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20).
So the first step to releasing the power of God is to receive the power of God through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. [Related article: How to Receive the Holy Spirit & Speak in Tongues and The Baptism in the Holy Spirit (In-Depth Study)].
Continually filled with Holy Spirit
The second step, or law, is to remain filled with the Holy Spirit.
Although we are filled with the Holy Spirit the moment we are baptized in the Spirit, we are still commanded by scripture to remain filled with the Spirit.
The Bible reveals that there is an initial filling of the Spirit of God, but there is also a continual filling that we learn to walk in. (Related article: Filled with the Holy Spirit: Does it Happen Once or Multiple Times?).
For instance, throughout the Book of Acts, we see examples that when someone received the Holy Spirit the writer uses the terminology that they were “filled” with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
At the same time, the Bible commands us that once we are initially filled with the Spirit we are to continually remain filled with the Spirit of God.
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” (Ephesians 5:18-21)
The apostle Paul gave this command to the Ephesian church which is a church that has already received the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Also notice, right after Paul gives the command to “be filled with the Spirit” he goes right into how we can do that.
Namely through singing (1) psalms and hymns, (2) spiritual songs, (3) giving thanks to the Lord, and (4) submitting to one another so that there is no complaining and arguing. If we do these four essential things we will be filled with the Spirit continually.
The Bible also reveals some other truths along the lines of being filled with the Spirit, you can check out the article I wrote on it by clicking here.
Knowing the power in you
The next step is to activate the power of God in you through knowledge.
Now you may be thinking, that “activating the power of God in you through knowledge” sounds all mystical and kind of strange, but I assure you it isn’t strange at all nor is it mystical, in fact, it is very practical.
Have you ever seen someone, or yourself, “lose” something and it was right in their hands or on top of their head?
Maybe it was your car keys, and you couldn’t find them and you searched everywhere, but they were right in your hand the whole time.
You could have been driving in your car to your appointment the whole time, but instead, a lack of knowledge hindered you and you were unable to experience the ability that you already possessed.
This is exactly what takes place when it comes to releasing the power of God.
The Apostle Paul said it this way, “that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” (Philemon v. 6)
Paul says here that the sharing of our faith doesn’t even become effective until we acknowledge and know the good things that are in us.
We have to come to the understanding that the Spirit of God is in us, that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, and that everything that pertains to life and godliness is available to us.
These truths need to become more concrete than the ground on which we stand upon. [Related article: How to Activate Your Faith (Step-by-Step)].
Pray in faith
Finally, pray in faith. This step is the most obvious and the most known one.
The reason for this is Jesus emphasized this step the most because it is by far the most crucial one. Without faith no mountains move, and without faith God is not pleased.
Once we have received the power of God through the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and we have stayed connected to the power source by remaining filled with the Spirit, and we have understood everything that has been given to us through the Lord Jesus Christ, then finally we are ready to release the power of God by speaking and praying in faith.
Faith is the conductor of the power and Kingdom of God and our mouths are the light switch. When we speak in faith, in line with God’s promises, whatever we have spoken will come to pass.
“Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22-24)
Notice a couple of things; (1) our faith is placed in God, not in our prayer, holiness, or our own faith, but in the living God and His promises. (2) You have to speak to the mountain and tell it to move. (3) Believe those things you say will come to pass and do not doubt.
[Related article: The Prayer of Faith: What it is & How to do it].
What I find interesting about this passage is Jesus tells us to speak to the mountain (the problem) and tell it to move and then immediately after this He says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask…”
This shows me that Jesus’ view of asking God is a whole lot different than our view of asking.
We view it as asking God and pleading with Him to do something, but if God has already revealed His will through His word then we are to instead act on what He has spoken and tell that mountain to move in Jesus name.
We actually see this played out throughout the Book of Acts in the life of Peter.
At the gate of beautiful with the crippled man, Peter told Him “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6-7). Then he took the crippled man by the hand and lifted him up and the man was healed.
He did a similar thing to a paralyzed man in Acts 9:32-35. Peter saw the man and said, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he was immediately healed.
Peter never asked God to heal these people. He already understood that it was God’s will to heal because He saw the Son of God heal thousands day after day. So when He spoke, he spoke in faith with no doubt, and the mountain surely moved.
Paul did the same thing in Acts 14:8-10.
Paul saw a man who was again crippled and he was listening to Paul preach the Gospel. When Paul noticed that he had faith in the message Paul was sharing he said, “Stand up straight on your feet!” and the man stood up and was completely healed.
You will never find an instance in the entire New Testament where someone asked and pleaded with God for a healing, a raising from the dead, a demon to be cast out, or a storm to be calmed.
Instead, we see that every sing time the follower of Jesus Christ releases the power of God through faith and commands the mountain to move. And in the eyes of our Lord Jesus, this is “asking” Him for it to be done according to Mark 11.
I hope you enjoyed this article and it assisted you in your walk with God.
God bless all of you!