IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: IN THE DAY OF THY POWER THY PEOPLE SHALL BE WILLING
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.”—Psalm 110:3
The Psalm is a kind of coronation Psalm. Christ is bidden to take his throne: “Sit thou at my right hand.” The sceptre is put into his hand. “The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion.” And then the question is asked, “Where are his people?” For a king would be no king without subjects. The highest title of kingship is but an empty one that hath no subjects to make up its fullness. Where, then, shall Christ find that which shall be the fullness of him that filleth all in all? The great anxiety we have is not whether Christ is king or not: —we know he is; he is the Lord of creation and of providence; our anxiety is about his subjects. Ofttimes do we ask, “O Lord, where shall we find thy subjects?” When we have preached to hard hearts, and prophesied to dry bones, our unbelief at times says, “Where shall we find children for Christ? Where shall we find people who will constitute the subjects of his empire?” Our fears are all put to rest by this passage: “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning;” and by the second promise, “Thou hast the dew of thy youth.” These thoughts are placed here to allay the anxieties of God’s believing people, and to let them see how Christ shall indeed be king, and never lack a multitude of subjects.
First, here is a promise concerning his people; and secondly, here is a promise concerning Christ himself, that he shall always be as strong, as fresh, as new, and as mighty a Christ as ever.
A closer look at events in the world clearly shows that we are in the end of the age. Every sign is indicative of the fact that Jesus is about to come again. Interestingly, the time prior to His second coming is a time for the escalation of power, and that time is already at hand (Psalms 110:1-3).
This implies that the Church worldwide must experience God’s power and glory in dimensions like never before. We are about to maximally humiliate and molest the forces of darkness. Principalities and powers are about to experience the kind of damage they have never experienced since creation.
The days that precede Christ’s second coming are days for the escalation of power – conviction power, life-transforming power, deliverance power, liberation power, judgemental power, etc. Jesus is about to stand, and before He stands up from the throne to commence His journey of second return; His enemies must be made His footstool (Psalms 110:1).
Now, who are the people that are qualified to manifest this power?
Those who are desperately willing to manifest His Power (Psalms 110:3): Willing people are carriers of power. Unwilling people can never manifest supernatural power. So, power belongs to men and women whose wills have been united with the Will of God.
Those who live in holiness: In Psalms 110:3, the Bible says thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauty of holiness…. So, holiness is attractive (beautiful) as far as the power of God is concerned. The meaning of that is: to stand in holiness is to attract the attention and power of God.
We can tell who are the children by the fact that they are willing. I preach to many of you times
without number. I tell you of hell; I bid you flee from it; I tell you of Christ, I bid you look to him, but you are unwilling to do so. What do I conclude from that? Either that the day of God’s power has not yet come, or that you are not God’s people. When I preach with power and the word is dispensed with unction, if I see you unmoved and misettled, unwilling to cast yourselves on Jesus Christ, what say I? Why, I fear those are not God’s people, for God’s people are willing in the day of his power, willing to submit to sovereign grace, to give themselves up into the hands of the Mediator, to hang simply on his cross for salvation. I ask again what has made them willing? Must it not have been something in grace which has turned their Will? If the will of man be purely free to do right or wrong, I conjure you, my friends, to answer this: if it be so, why do you not turn to God this very moment without divine assistance? It is because you are not willing, and it needed a promise that God’s people should be willing in the day of his power.”
First, here is a promise concerning time. Christ is not to gather in his people every day, but on one special day, the day of his power. It is not the day when man feels himself to be the most mighty, that souls are gathered; for alas! God’s servants sometimes preach until their self-complacency tells them they have been exceedingly eloquent and mighty, and that, therefore, men must be saved: but there is no promise that in the day of our power we shall ever see men gathered to Christ. There are times too when the people seem to have a great power of seeking after God, and when they have the power of hearing, but there is no promise that just when an excitement reigns, and when there appears to be power in the creature, that such a day shall be the day of God’s ingathering. It is “the day of thy power”—not of the minister’s power, nor of the hearers’.
The day of God’s power—when is it? We take it, it is the day when God pours out his own power upon the minister, so that God’s children are gathered in by his preaching.
There are times, beloved, when the ordained servant of the living God will have nothing to do in preaching, but just to open his mouth and allow the words to flow. He will scarcely need stay to think, but the thoughts will be injected into his mind, and while he preaches he will feel there is a power accompanying his word. His hearers too will discern it. Some of them will feel as if they were sitting under a sledge hammer, beating on their hearts. Others will feel as if truth were stealing into their hearts and slaying all their unbelief, in such a way that they could not resist the blessed power. It will often happen that God’s children will find an influence and a might irresistible going with the word. They have heard that minister before, they were delighted with him, they trusted that they had been edified on good soil, every blow hit the mark, there was no arrow shot which did not go into the centre of the soul—there was not a syllable uttered which was not like the word of Jehovah himself, speaking either from Sinai, or Calvary. Have you never known such times? Have you not felt them when you have been standing or sitting in the house of God? Ah! those are times when God, by the manifestation of himself, is pleased to enlighten his children, to gather in his people, and to make poor sinners willing. There is also a day of power in every sinner’s heart; for, alas! the general day of power which occurs to our congregation omits many—many over whom we have to weep—while hundreds shed tears of penitence, other hundreds sit stolid and unmoved. While some hearts leap for very joy, others are bound in the fetters of ignorance, and are sleeping the sleep of death. While God is pouring out his Spirit till some hearts are full to the very brim, ready to burst, there are some dry, without a drop of the heavenly moisture. But the day of God’s power is a day of personal power in our souls, like that day of Zaccheus when the Lord said, “Make haste, and come down.” It is a day not of argument of man, but a day of omnipotent power—God working in the heart. It is not a day of intellectual enlightenment, a day of instruction merely, but a day when God shall enter into the heart, and with a mighty hand shall wrench the will and turn it as he would—shall make the judgment judge righteously, the imagination think as it ought, and shall guide the whole soul to himself. Did you never think what power that was which God exerts in every individual heart? There is no power like it. Should a man command the mighty waterfalls to congeal and stand, in heaps? If they should obey him, he would not have worked a miracle half so mighty as that which God works in the heart when he bids the floods of sin to cease flowing. Could I command Etna with its flames and smoke to cease its ebulitions, and should it at once be still, I had not worked a deed so mighty as when God speaks to a boiling spirit sending forth fire and smoke, and bids it stay. The everlasting God exhibits more power in turning a sinner from the error of his ways, than in the creation of a world or the sustentation of an universe. In the day of God’s power, God’s people shall be willing. Beloved, we also look for a day of power in the coming period of the reign of Jesus Christ. I take it there is a time coming when the feeblest among us shall be as David, and when David shall be as the angel of the Lord. The time is approaching when every poor ignorant minister shall preach with power, and when every child of God shall be filled with the knowledge of God. We hope for a happy day when Christ shall come and shall cause the knowledge of the Lord to be spread so rapidly that it shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea. We often cheer ourselves with this subject—well, if we do labour in vain and spend our strength for nought now, it will not be so always; the day will come when the fresh wind of the Spirit will fill the sails of the church, and she shall go swiftly along; when the feeble hand of the minister shall be as mighty as the hand of the boldest Christian warrior who ever wielded the sword of the Spirit; when every word of Christ shall be as ointment poured forth, spreading perfume over a sinful world; when we shall never preach a sermon without effect; when, as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, it not only shall not return void, but shall water the earth, so that having already brought forth and budded, it shall bring forth fruit to the glory of God—that fruit, the destruction of idols, and the casting down of all false religions.
Whenever a struggle is approaching God will find his men. Whenever a battle is to commence, God will find the men valiant for truth. Never be afraid that God will not take care of his church. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of God’s battle.” Are you undertaking some noble enterprise? Are you saying, “Here is a grand endeavour to evangelize the world; where shall we find people? The answer is, “God’s people shall be willing in the day of his armies.”
David spoke prophetically about the Messiah in the verse above and says His people will be willing, volunteers and available in the day of His power. When He is ready to demonstrate His power by subjecting His enemies, His people will be more than willing to partner with Him in battle. This is a glorious description of our place in Christ!
The word volunteers is rendered willing in the King James Version of the Bible. The implication is that God’s volunteers must have a willing heart.
To be willing simply means to be determined, and to volunteer oneself for the purpose of God as in Judges 5:1,2. Willingness starts when we first give ourselves to God as with the Church in Macedonia (2 Corinthians 8:3-5). Unless the people of God are willing to offer themselves in the day of his power, God’s action will be limited.
Satan attacks the enthusiasm of Christians and makes them to be disinterested in serving God. He causes disaffection, which in turn makes people to lose interest in the day of God’s power.
The first two verses give us a context
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies” (Ps. 110:1-2 KJV)
Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God, meaning the place of absolute divine power, until His enemies are made His footstool. Who are these enemies? Paul speaking by the Spirit says “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26 KJV). Death is an enemy, and the last to be defeated. What are the other enemies? Satan and his devils, disease, poverty, fear, etc. These are spiritual powers and authorities, which are against the will and purposes of God in your life.
A. When is the Day of God’s power?
Today is the day of his power!
The day of God’s power is the time when God goes out before his people as in Judges 4:14.
It is when the people of God respond to the prompting of the Spirit of God to go to battle as in Judges 5:1.
It is a time when the people of God choose to move in faith as in Numbers 14:1-10.
The day of his power is when the people of God arise in faith to move against the enemies of God as David did against Goliath as in 1 Samuel 17:45-51.
These are the days or rather this is the Day of His power! Did you notice that the enemies will be subjected while Jesus was sitting at the right hand of God? So who then will do the subjecting of these enemies here on earth at this time? It is you and me! We are His battle-axe, to silence His enemies! The Kingdom of God is here, so rule and reign in the midst of your enemies!
Prayer: LORD, I surrender my life to You; let me be useful to You in this end time, LORD in Jesus’ Name.
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