“Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” (Exodus 8:18-19a)
“And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians and on all the Egyptians.” (Exodus 9:11)
There is no one greater than the Lord. When the Lord plagued Egypt, Pharoah had magicians that actually copied some of the plagues. But as each plague came, the magicians started to realise they did not have enough power to do what only the Lord can do! Even they recognised that “this is the finger of God!”
Today we have people who are caught up in the occult, even those around us simply practicing “cultural” practices, but are actually very dangerous spiritually, as they invoke demon spirits, but they think those spirits are their ancestors, but are actually what the Bible calls “familiar spirits.” The enemy takes on many forms so as to deceive many people. He is good at this and has plenty of practice.
But whether one is in the occult and they believe that their “spirit guides” are good, or whether one is caught up in cultural spiritual practices, we as believers have a much greater power in us than any of them … His name is Jesus Christ, who lives inside of us by His Spirit!
1 John 4:4-6 says it perfectly…
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
I suppose the reason why we, as believers, don’t see any power is because we don’t believe this verse. Also perhaps we don’t wait for the Holy Spirit to endue us with power. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4) and then said in Acts 1:8 that they SHALL receive POWER when the HOLY SPIRIT has come upon them …
Moses and Aaron demonstrated that God was greater …
Elijah demonstrated that God was greater
Jesus most definitely did…
The Apostles, including Paul, especially Paul, demonstrated that God’s power was greater. And there has been many more men and women of God who have believed this verse and have demonstrated the greatness of God in and through their lives.
John G Lake and Smith Wigglesworth were powerful men of God who defeated the Antichrist spirit in their generation. Their stories show it was this very baptism in the Holy Spirit that they were waiting for that endued these men with great power from on high.
The magicians could not do what the Lord through the man of God could do…the world needs to see men and women of God who know who they are and Whose they are.
There is a saying that says, “the world has yet to see what a man who is fully yielded to God can do…” well they saw it in those people above I just mentioned and many others in history…what about you and I?
There is no greater power in the whole world than the Lord, who lives inside every born again believer…
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you…” this is the first half of Romans 8:11…and I dare say we could add anything onto the end of this verse – so long as it lines up with God’s Word. But for example’s sake, let’s just add this …”then all things are possible for you!”