Monday, 4 May 2020

How Should We Live As Christians?



How should the doctrine of eternal judgment affect our lives as believers?

When writing on the subject of future judgment, the ApostlePeter answered this question:

  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness... Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, blameless.  (II Peter 3:11,14)

Understanding of eternal judgment should result in spiritual maturity in the life of the believer.

Judgment is an attribute (quality) of God


·       Psalms 89:14; 97:2; 99:1-5;
·       Isaiah 28:5-6; 30:18; 61:8;
·       Daniel 4:37

Judgment is an attribute of Jesus



·       Psalms 72:2;
·       Isaiah 9:7; 11:1-5;
·       John 5:30; 8:15-16,26

Purposes of God's judgment


To give life: Leviticus 18:4-5; Nehemiah 9:29; Psalms 119:149,156 

To redeem His people: Exodus 6:6; 7:4; Isaiah 1:27

To establish: I Chronicles 28:7; Psalms 37:28; Proverbs 2:8; Zephaniah 2:3

To chasten [correct]: Psalms 119:75; Jeremiah 10:24; Habakkuk 1:12

To help His people: Psalms 76:8-9; 119:175

The blessings of God's judgment


Comfort: Psalms 119:52

Reward: Psalms 58:11

Instruction and righteousness: Isaiah 26:8-9

Penalties for not responding to His judgment



These are listed in:

·       Ezekiel 5:6-17; 11:11-12; 14:21;
·       Malachi 2:1-4; 3:1-6

The nature of God's judgments


Righteous: Deuteronomy 4:8; Psalms 19:9; 119:137; Jeremiah 11:20; II Thessalonians 1:4-6; I Peter 2:23; Revelation 15:4; 16:7; 19:2,11

Based on love: Psalms 33:5

True and just: Psalms 111:7; Proverbs 2:9; Jeremiah 4:2; John 8:15-16

Far above the wicked: Psalms 10:5

Eternal: Psalms 119:160

Great: Psalms 36:6

Renewed: Zephaniah 3:15

Unsearchable: Romans 11:33

They will be made manifest [apparent to us]: Revelation 15:4

Who God judges



All people: Psalms 7:8; 9:7-8; 96:10; Hebrews 12:23; Jude 15-16

Those who persecute the righteous: Psalms 119:84

The righteous: Psalms 7:11

Scorners: Proverbs 19:29

Every man: Proverbs 29:26

Young men: Ecclesiastes 11:9

Nations: Isaiah 2:4

Leaders: Isaiah 3:13-14

The wicked: Deuteronomy 7:10-11; Jeremiah 1:16; Hebrews 13:4; Jude 15-16

The world: John 9:39; 12:31

The prince of this world [Satan]: John 16:11; 12:31

Those outside the church [those without]: I Corinthians 5:13

His people: Hebrews 10:30

Teachers: James 3:1

Grudgers: James 5:9

The church [the house of God]: I Peter 4:17

The heathen: Ezekiel 39:21

How God judges



Through Jesus Christ: John 5:22,27

By the Holy Spirit: John 16:11; Ezekiel 36:27

According to the Word of God: John 12:48

According to each man's works: I Peter 1:17

Through His ministers: Ezekiel 44:24; Hosea 6:5

Our attitude towards God's judgments


We should:
Teach them: Ezra 7:10; Psalms 37:30

Observe and do them: Deuteronomy 11:32

Praise God for them: Psalms 48:11; 97:8; 119:7,62,164

Desire them: Psalms 119:20

Set them before us: Psalms 119:30

Hope in them: Psalms 119:43

Declare them: Psalms 119:13

Not depart from them: Psalms 119:102

Fear them: Psalms 119:120

Be aware of them: Psalms 35:23

Ask God to judge us: Psalms 35:24

Preach His judgments: Acts 24:25

The purposes of God's present judgment



His purposes for chastening of believers are to:

Make us holy: Hebrews 12:10

Bring righteousness in our lives: Hebrews 12:11

Bring life: Hebrews 12:9; Proverbs 15:31

Prepare us for the Spirit's guidance: Proverbs 1:23

Bring honor: Proverbs 13:18

Bring wisdom: Proverbs 15:5,32

Teach the fear of God: Proverbs 15:33

Perfect us: Colossians 1:28; II Timothy 3:16-17

Teach us patience: I Peter 2:20

Avoid condemnation: I Corinthians 11:32

Bring repentance: Revelation 3:19; Romans 2:4

Correct us: Jeremiah 10:24

The reasons for chastening



Sin and backsliding: Jeremiah 2:19; John 3:20; 16:8; II Peter 2:16

Faults: I Peter 2:20

Unbelief: Romans 11:20

Disobedience: Luke 12:47-48

Respect of persons: Job 13:10

How to avoid chastisement


·       I Corinthians 11:31-32 [self-examination];
·       Romans 11:22;
·       Philippians 2:12-16

The degrees of chastening:


God has a pattern of chastening in our lives. It moves from reproof, which is a simple form of chastening, through more severe levels of chastening (Hebrews 12:11):

Reproof:


To correct a fault, make a statement of error, give instruction or correction. God speaks to us and reproves us of wrong in our lives. Isaiah 11:4; Psalms 50:21; 141:5; Proverbs 1:23; Ephesians 5:13; II Timothy 3:16


Rebuke:


A sharp reproof or reprimand. If we fail to listen to reproof, God will deal more sternly. Hebrews 12:5; Revelation 3:19; Psalms 6:1; Deuteronomy 28:20

Wrath:


After we are rebuked if we persist in our sinful ways and refuse God's correction, then His wrath may come upon us. Romans 2:8-9

Affliction:


God's wrath may be revealed through affliction. It may be financial, material, or physical affliction. (This does not mean all affliction is judgment from God.) Romans 2:9, Psalms 119:75; Deuteronomy 28:15-47; Leviticus 26:14-39; Amos 4:6-13


Rejection:


This is the final step of God's judgment when chastisement has failed to result in repentance. Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31; Jeremiah 14:11-12; II Peter 2:20; I John 5:16; Proverbs 1:25-32; 5:1-23; 15:10; 29:1

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The results of chastening


God's objective in chastening is that we return unto Him: Hosea 6:1

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Here’s How Negative Energy Destroys Confidence


I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time. Negative  environments  where  people  are  harsh  or even  abusive  to  one  another  are  toxic.  No  one  tries to lift you or anyone else out of the pain, and no one can find emotional or even physical comfort—that will lower  your  self-worth  and  perhaps  even  your  will  to live.

This  isn’t  about  having  the  occasional  bad  day or  moment.  It’s  about  living  and/or  working  in  an environment  that  brings  or  puts  you  down.  When someone is constantly telling you that you’re not good enough, eventually, if you stay around a while, you will start to believe it.

Only two creatures on the planet, if you continually tell them they are bad, will take it in and believe it: dogs and humans. We have all seen dogs whose spirits have been broken. They walk around with their tails between their  legs  and  their  heads  down.  They  get  startled  or scared  very  easily,  and  can  react  with  fear  aggression (barking  or  growling  when  they  are  frightened).  The poor  things  never  seem  to  feel  safe  and  secure.  

They have lost their wag, and it’s sad to see.

People  tend  to  react  in  similar  ways  when  they are  living  with  someone  who  puts  them  down  on  a regular  basis  or  they  are  working  for  a  company  that manages by intimidation. There is very little joy to be found  here,  and  one’s  sense  of  self-confidence  can  be easily shattered. Most people in such places are unable to find the strength they need to battle the forces that are attacking them because they have simply run out of energy.

The  trick  here  is  to  step  back  far  enough  to  get some  perspective,  and,  if  the  circumstances  I  just described truly exist, and counseling hasn’t worked or is refused, the best move may be to just leave. I know that’s  drastic,  but  staying  in  a  negative  environment or  relationship  because  you  are  afraid  to  leave  is  also known as “battered person’s syndrome,” such as when abused  women  continue  to  go  back  to  the  home  of their abusers. They do it because the devil they know is  better  than  the  one  they  don’t  (as  they  mistakenly think). They are returning to what is familiar.
Confidence cannot exist within an aura of meanness.

To find yourself and rebuild what has been taken from you,  leaving  a  bad  environment  may  be  the  answer. This  requires  a  type  of  inner  strength  that  some  find in  desperate  moments—the  strength  that  helps  you believe in yourself and to know that you do not deserve to  be  treated  badly,  no  matter  what  another  person says.

You have finally had enough, and you reach down to the depths of your soul and pull up whatever shreds of self-respect you can find. The feeling may only last for a few hours, but use that time to pack or write your resignation, because you will never be able to flourish where  negativity  and  horrific  behavior  are  allowed  to run rampant.

Once most people get out of a negative environment or  relationship,  one  of  the  first  things  they  do  is castigate  themselves  by  saying,  “Why  did  it  take  me so long?” But that thought is totally self-defeating. It took  as  long  as  it  took;  do  not  waste  any  more  time feeling beat up.

At this point you may actually be used to it and not even see that you are doing it to yourself. As soon as you are aware you’ve changed the behavior, all you have to do next is whatever is in front of you. Leave the past, and the old behaviors, behind. Accept that you had the strength to change your life. It’s okay to feel good about yourself.


Always Have A Plan B


We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Because many things don’t go as well as we would like them to, it’s a great idea to have a “Plan B.” Having fallback plans can’t help but make you feel better about the  outcome  of  any  situation,  and  it  is  a  common denominator among very self-confident people.

Anyone  who  has  had  more  than  one  failure  in her  life  can  tell  you  that  having  another  path  to  take probably saved her bacon a time or two. I’m a big one for  contingency  plans.  If  you  are  an  entrepreneur,  in the  arts  or  media,  or  you  have  all  your  eggs  in  one basket, a Plan B is essential.

Knowing that if you lose the farm you have a condo you can go to makes you feel safer in the world. I know a number of people who have motor homes, and one of the reasons they do is, as they jokingly say, it’s their “in case” home. During the last big earthquake here in Los  Angeles,  many  people  who  had  them  were  very grateful—and those of us who didn’t were envious.

With the world economy in turmoil, creating some kind of additional income stream is also a good idea. The jeweler who is also a great designer or builder, the computer  geek  who  can  also  teach  school,  or  the  PR person  who  is  a  closet  novelist  can  all  find  a  way  to thrive even if their current position disappears.

Backup  plans  don’t  have  to  be  new  ideas—I continue  to  use  aspects  of  everything  I’ve  ever  done. My days on stage playing guitar have made me a better public speaker, which makes me a good radio host. The energy  I  put  into  songs  and  poems  has  helped  them become columns and books.
The years I spent running my  own  business  give  me  the  insight  to  help  others streamline theirs. 

And all of my experiences have made me  a  confident  and  successful  therapist.  Every  talent and  ability  you  have  can  be  built  upon  and  also  used again.  Not  that  I’d  ever  again  want  to  be  on  a  tour bus with six smelly guys for eight weeks, but if I had to I could still put food on the table by humming and strumming.

There’s  another  potential  upside  here:  Sometimes your  original  plan  and  your  backup  can  work  at  the same time. I still counsel, consult, write, and speak to groups all over the world. In years when the speaking business  got  very  slow  (such  as  after  9/11  and  then the  financial  crisis),  I  spent  more  time  writing  and counseling.

When  there  was  a  lull  between  books, I  put  more  energy  into  my  radio  show  and  business consulting, and did pro-bono events. Having multiple options gives you the sense that, if any one thing went away, you’d have other gigs that would more than fill the gap.

So get a little creative. Look at your past accomplishments and your current talents. A Plan B is only an idea away. By the way, this Plan B thing works in life, but not in relationships. Having a backup mate is only going to erode your current relationship and cause heartache for everyone involved. Enough said.

How-to Negotiate Everything


Uncommon negotiation creates uncommon rewards.

Negotiation is getting something you want by helping others  get  what  they  want  or  need. Someone  has  said, "You do not get in life what you deserve—you get what you negotiate for."
Solomon  was  a  master  negotiator.  He  dialogued  and kept  the  lines  of  communication  open.  He  was  a  genius networker.  He  negotiated  royal  trade  routes.  He negotiated with his builders. And he constantly negotiated with Hiram, the king of Tyre.

Because of his skill as a negotiator, Solomon's empire became the crossroads between nations. In 1 Kings 10:28-29,  we  learn  that  Egypt  needed  horses  and  Sicilia  had plenty of them. Yet, the two were bitter enemies. Because he  grasped  the  immeasurable  influence  of  negotiation,
Solomon became the bridge between the two nations. I encourage you to study the lives of extraordinary and uncommon achievers. They accept nothing at face value. Instead, they analyze and scrutinize. They evaluate each situation and then make ridiculous offers to bring the price down.
Uncommon men are uncommon negotiators.

On page 51 of his book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump says about his father, "He'd negotiate just as hard with the supplier of mops and floor wax as he would with the general contractor for the larger items on a project."

Here  are  nine  Success  Keys  that  will  help  you negotiate  effectively  for  what  you  want,  when  dealing with a person, company, or vendor:

1.  Find  out  everything  you  can  possibly  know about  that  company  or  person  or  product.


Information  is  strength.  You  cannot  make appropriate  decisions  without  current,  accurate data. You should know all essential information before a crisis arises.

2.  Do  not  hurry. 


Uncommon  negotiators  move slowly.  Once  they  understand  what  they  are willing  to  invest,  they  carefully  build  their  case for a long-term quality decision. There is an old saying, "The one who hurries loses." 

Lamentations 3:25 gives us an important wisdom principle, The  LORD is  good  unto  them  that  wait for him.

3.  Find out what the other person needs the most.


When you are negotiating with someone, things are  never  as  they  first  appear.  It  may  seem  that someone  needs  money  when  he  or  she  is  really desperately needing more time. People are rarely angry for the reasons they tell you, and they are rarely  anxious  to  sell  something  for  the  reasons they indicate. Take time to dialogue and listen.

4.  Remember  the  greatest  weapon  at  the negotiating  table is  the  ability  to  listen.


The person  who  listens  the  most,  with  sincerity  and purity of heart, will always gather the data needed to make a quality decision. The  person  who  talks  the  least  has  the  most  to gain. Why? You never have to explain what you do  not  say.  You  never  have  to  retract,  alter,  or correct a statement or observation. Permit others to open their hearts and share.

5.  The one who asks the most questions controls the conversation.


Questions determine the flow of  answers.  Therefore,  you  will  not  receive answers unless you ask the appropriate questions. Write the questions down. Meditate  on them and analyze them. As your questions are answered, write the answers down also.

6.  When  in  doubt,  always  tape  record  the negotiations.


This  helps  you  to  recall facts that you  might  otherwise  easily  forget.  It  is  often possible  to  listen  to  the  recorded  conversation and hear something that you missed the first time due to the pressure of the moment.

7.  Never  make  a  major  decision  when  you  are tired. 


One  of  the  great  American  presidents refused  to  make  decisions  after  3:00  in  the afternoon.  Tired  eyes  rarely  see  a  good  future. Take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate yourself.

8.  Negotiate  for  long-term  results  instead  of  an immediate return.


Solomon made decisions that lasted for many years. He was known for his rule of  peace.  Within  forty  years,  he  had  created  a network  of  commerce  unparalleled  in  his  day. One of the greatest secrets of his riches is that he refused  to  make  a  decision  for  an  immediate profit. He was a long-term thinker. I have often thought of Sam Walton, who refused to  invest  in  any  company  based  on  short-term profit.  He  always  wanted  to  know  where  the company would be in ten years. Some Japanese companies  make  100-year  plans.  They  are thinking long term.

Stop  for  a  moment.  Where  do  you  want  your company  to  be  twenty  years  from  today?  Now, formulate  a  plan  toward  that  desired  end.  This will  help  you  enjoy  the  journey  more  than  you ever  dreamed,  because  planning  takes  the  stress off  the  present.  It  births patience  and  hope  and attracts serious investors into your life.

9.  Never appear desperate to close a deal.


When vultures  sense  weakness, they  move  in  to  finish the kill. On page 37 of his book, The Art of the Deal, Donald  Trump,  one  of  the  most  effective negotiators  in  America  today,  says,  "The  worst thing  you  can  possibly  do  in  a  deal  is  to  seem desperate  to  make  it.  That  makes  the  other  guy smell blood, and then you're dead. The best thing you can do is deal from strength, and leverage is the biggest strength you can have."


Always Have A Plan B


We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Because many things don’t go as well as we would like them to, it’s a great idea to have a “Plan B.” Having fallback plans can’t help but make you feel better about the  outcome  of  any  situation,  and  it  is  a  common denominator among very self-confident people.

Anyone  who  has  had  more  than  one  failure  in her  life  can  tell  you  that  having  another  path  to  take probably saved her bacon a time or two. I’m a big one for  contingency  plans.  If  you  are  an  entrepreneur,  in the  arts  or  media,  or  you  have  all  your  eggs  in  one basket, a Plan B is essential.

Knowing that if you lose the farm you have a condo you can go to makes you feel safer in the world. I know a number of people who have motor homes, and one of the reasons they do is, as they jokingly say, it’s their “in case” home. During the last big earthquake here in Los  Angeles,  many  people  who  had  them  were  very grateful—and those of us who didn’t were envious.

With the world economy in turmoil, creating some kind of additional income stream is also a good idea. The jeweler who is also a great designer or builder, the computer  geek  who  can  also  teach  school,  or  the  PR person  who  is  a  closet  novelist  can  all  find  a  way  to thrive even if their current position disappears.

Backup  plans  don’t  have  to  be  new  ideas—I continue  to  use  aspects  of  everything  I’ve  ever  done. My days on stage playing guitar have made me a better public speaker, which makes me a good radio host. The energy  I  put  into  songs  and  poems  has  helped  them become columns and books.
The years I spent running my  own  business  give  me  the  insight  to  help  others streamline theirs. 

And all of my experiences have made me  a  confident  and  successful  therapist.  Every  talent and  ability  you  have  can  be  built  upon  and  also  used again.  Not  that  I’d  ever  again  want  to  be  on  a  tour bus with six smelly guys for eight weeks, but if I had to I could still put food on the table by humming and strumming.

There’s  another  potential  upside  here:  Sometimes your  original  plan  and  your  backup  can  work  at  the same time. I still counsel, consult, write, and speak to groups all over the world. In years when the speaking business  got  very  slow  (such  as  after  9/11  and  then the  financial  crisis),  I  spent  more  time  writing  and counseling.

When  there  was  a  lull  between  books, I  put  more  energy  into  my  radio  show  and  business consulting, and did pro-bono events. Having multiple options gives you the sense that, if any one thing went away, you’d have other gigs that would more than fill the gap.

So get a little creative. Look at your past accomplishments and your current talents. A Plan B is only an idea away. By the way, this Plan B thing works in life, but not in relationships. Having a backup mate is only going to erode your current relationship and cause heartache for everyone involved. Enough said.

Here’s Why There Is None Like Jesus


Key verse:

 
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)

Introduction


God is a triune personality made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The source of power is God the Father. God delegated power to His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit later endued believers with power delegated by the Son. In this chapter you will learn of the power and authority of Jesus. It was so great that the religious leaders of His time commented, "Never a man spake as He." (John 7:46).

Born in power


Jesus was born in the power of the Holy Ghost:

 
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)

Jesus was the visible manifestation of God's power:

 
But unto them which are called... CHRIST THE POWER OF GOD, and the wisdom of God. (I Corinthians 1:24)

Baptized in power


John recognized the power of Jesus. He said:

 
... There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water; but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (Mark 1:7-8)

When Jesus was baptized by John in the River Jordan the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove: 

 
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. (John 1:31)

God had told John ... 

 
... Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (John 1:33)

 This was confirmed when the Holy Ghost rested on Jesus in the form of the dove. Jesus was not only filled with Holy Ghost power, He was to baptize with power.

A proven power


Immediately after His baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan:

 
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (Luke 4:1)

You can read of this experience in Luke 4:1-13.

Power is proven by testing. Each temptation by Satan challenged the power and authority of Jesus. Jesus successfully overcame each one and... 
... returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. (Luke 4:14)

His source of power


God the Father was the source of Jesus' power and authority. Jesus said:

 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)

Jesus did not exercise power independently of God the Father. Continually, throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus credited God as the source of His power:

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father. (John 10:32)

Unlimited power


There were no limits to Christ’s power. He was given all power in Heaven and earth:

 
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)

Jesus has power...


Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

 
And (God) hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church. ( Ephesians 1:21-22)

Jesus is the head of all other powers:


And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10)

Jesus had unlimited power. He was given:


Power to teach with authority:


The scribes based their authority on the Old Testament scriptures. Jesus based His authority on God Himself:

 
And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power. (Luke 4:32)

Power over sin:


Jesus had power to forgive sin:

 
But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins. (Matthew 9:6)

Power over sickness:


When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word. . . and HEALED ALL THAT WERE SICK. (Matthew 8:16)

Power over nature:


And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)

Power over all flesh:


As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. (John 17:2)

Power over his enemies:


Then saith Pilate unto Him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above... (John 19:10-11)

Power over death:


Jesus said:

 
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)

Through His own death and resurrection, Jesus... 

 
... having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)

Power over his own life:


Jesus explained regarding His life:

 
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again... (John 10:18)

Power to execute judgment:


God has given Jesus power to execute judgment:

 
And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:27)

Power over demons:


Jesus had power and authority over demonic forces:

 
And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. (Luke 4:36)

And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him. (Mark 1:27)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)

Power over all the works of the enemy:


The purpose for which Jesus came into the world was to destroy all the works of the Devil:
 
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)

Present power


After His death and resurrection, Jesus returned to Heaven. There He continues to minister in power and authority at the right hand of God:

 
Hereafter shall the Son of Man sit on the right hand of the power of God. (Luke 22:69)
And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God. (Acts 7:56)

Jesus also continues to minister through the power delegated to believers. Before Jesus returned to Heaven, He delegated power and authority to His followers. They were to do the works He had done, and even greater works (John 14:12).

Future power


Someday, Jesus will return to earth in great power and glory:

 
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: and then all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory.  (Matthew 24:30)

At that time all the powers of Heaven and earth will be delivered up to Jesus: 

 
Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (I Corinthians 15:24)

All the universe will acknowledge the power of God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ:

 
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in Heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever. (Revelation 5:12-13)