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How Spiritual Power is Lost

         I have preached on the need for spiritual power in the life of the believer. But, I feel it is important to give attention to the fact that once spiritual power is attained, that it can be lost.            

           I used the story of Samson and how God had place incredible spiritual power upon him, but in Judges 16:19-20, we find that his sin and turning his back on his vow to God caused him to lose his power.         

           Listen, there have been many Samson’s in the Bible. We see it today in the church. Let us look at a few reasons God withdraws his power:

           (1)     When people turn their back on their separation to Him.

           This is what happened to Samson. He broke his nazarite vow to God, by allowing his hair to be cut. But when the world and Delilah captured his heart, he lost his power.   I see this often in the ministry today. People of God start out on fire for God, but with time they allow the devices of the devil to come in and steal their anointing. Let’s look at Mark 4:18-19. There are tactics the devil uses to bring people of God down. In verse 19 we see- deceitfulness of riches and the lust (desires) for other things. (Power) there are many in the ministry that have succumbed to these devices. God lifts their power and they just operate in the flesh. They lose their effectiveness.

           (2)    Power is lost through the coming of sin

           Saul was a good example. God had put His spirit upon Saul. I Samuel 10:6 and with his kingship and victories, pride entered in. The sin of pride will bring you down. Saul’s life ended in utter defeat and ruin. Through his pride he disobeyed God. Pride destroys the anointing. In I Peter 5:5 the Bible says, “be clothed with humility.” Saul never set things right, he got bitter and had unforgiveness to David and he lost everything God had given him.   Now David was no angel at times but he knew how to confess his mistakes. Psalm 32:1-5. God then would restore his power. Psalm 51:11-13.

           (3)Power can be lost through self-indulgence and self gratification

           I believe a believer full of power must lead a life of self-denial. So many allow self appetites and luxurious life styles to steal the power out of their life. That’s why Paul said, “I discipline my body and bring it unto subjection, lest…I become disqualified.” I Corinthians 9:27.

           (4)The gratification of the flesh and the fullness of the spirit do not go hand in hand. Galatians 5:17 we live in a day when the excesses of the flesh are very great. Luxury and sin are the downfall of many ministries.

           (5)Power is lost through greed for money

           We see this first hand with Judas Iscariot. He betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Paul warns Timothy “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” I Timothy 6:10- this love for money will cause a loss of spiritual power. Jesus said, Luke 12:15 “Take heed and beware of covetousness for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” You don’t have to be rich to be covetous. A poor man can covet just as much as a rich person. How many men and women that operated in the power of God lost that power when money started coming in and they let covetousness take over.

           (6)Power is lost when we neglect prayer

           It is through prayer that we are charged up with power. Jude 20. Much prayer will bring much anointing and power. We must spend time in prayer to be recharged with the Divine energy of God. Those that begin to neglect their prayer life will find their anointing and power departing. It is easy to get caught up in the things of life and the prayer life suffers.

           (7)   Power is lost through neglect of God’s Word

           God’s power comes through prayer and God’s Word. Psalm 1:2-3 Joshua 1:8. When you spend time in the Word of God, it feeds your spirit man and God’s spirit will manifest in your spirit and you will carry a powerful anointing. May we all be on the guard from these things, and allow the power of God to operate in our lives. It is a fight. II Timothy 4:7-8 Paul sums it up. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course….”

           I want to say like Jesus in John 17:4 “I have glorified you on the earth, having accomplished the work you have given me to do.”                                                 Amen!