“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1–3, NLT)
God’s Word gives us direction as we soak our heart in it and then sow it to the Spirit when we recite it as we talk with God about it. We then activate Son Power by an act of our will when we choose to flow with the Spirit in our daily walk with God. At that point, he begins to impart his life in us as we depend on him.
As we soak and sow, God responds and swings into action by allowing the Son to rise in our hearts to transform us: “And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT). Note that the Spirit does the changing, not us. We are changed by his transforming power being released in us, freeing us more and more from the self-life and empowering us to do his will. When we do our part by positioning ourselves properly in relationship to God and his Word, he will do the rest. His Word flows through us.
Technology today presents to us many different options for “virtual reality” experiences. But what people really want is a real experience with God. Virtual reality is a “near to real” experience, but God offers us his very real presence. We experience him in our lives when we cooperate with him. The Old Testament tells us that he “rides across the heavens to help you” (Deuteronomy 33:26, NLT) and he “makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind” (Psalm 104:3, NIV). Those are very real words with very real power.
This is reality! As we embrace the Son-powered life, our desire for investing in the imperishable values of the kingdom will increasingly trump our desires for the perishable values of this fading world system as we experience the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit.
Without God’s Word operating in our lives, we will be unfruitful. God has given us his Word to empower us to live the Son-powered life. However, we must choose to take advantage of his provision for doing so. Experiencing Son Power requires time and commitment. We want an easy way, but there is no easy way to take time to really know God’s Word. We begin by taking the time to hear what is being said.
Most of what we have discussed so far in this book is the opportunity to live a Son-powered life. We have been hearing what God’s Word has to say regarding this subject. However, God tells us that each person needs to make a choice regarding what they are hearing. We cannot simply hear God’s Word; we must decide what we are going to do with it. And so, we must go on to accept what is being said to us by the Lord if it is going to make any difference in our lives at all. Many people hear what is being said, but it goes no further than their ears. Each one of us must accept the message if it is to produce fruit. The message moves from the believer’s head to their heart by an active choice in their will to the point that it impacts their entire belief system, birthing a desire to make something out of it. Once that occurs, God does the rest.
We need to receive instruction from God’s Word and store those words in our hearts in order for the Son-powered life to be operative. We talk to the Father in accordance with his will as we have soaked our heart in his Word. As we flow with the Spirit in our daily lives, we become aware of God’s direction and power working inside of us and in our circumstances. Practicing what has been revealed to us in God’s Word results in spiritual growth, a growth rooted and grounded in Christ.
In what ways are you experiencing Son Power? If you are not, what changes do you need to ask God to help you make?
Son Power requires that you receive instruction from God’s Word.