Devotional

Limitless Potential?

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“… And the pride of her power shall come down” (Ezekiel 30:6)

The idea that we can do whatever we want to do is a myth. You may want to live forever, but the reality is you will grow old and infirm and die. Our spirit may be willing to do a thousand things, but our flesh is weak.

We live in a day when man’s pride is at its zenith. The sky is no longer the limit. Luciferic pride has flesh and blood announcing: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:14) That this kind of hubris is looked upon with universal approval in the world should come as no surprise. Paul knew that this world’s course is identical to the prince of the power of the air. (Eph. 2:2) What is amazing is that the church should be infected by this same spirit.

How commonly is it taught that the believer has unlimited authority to command and demand, decree and declare whatever comes into his mind as good? Believers walk around as peacocks pronouncing what has to be because of the limitless authority the saints are supposed to have. And then fantasy meets reality. We discover we are not as powerful as we supposed we were. All power has been given to Christ. Power is delegated to us only insofar as we are walking under His authority,

If we want true faith to operate in our life we must be true servants of the Master. (Luke 17:5-10) If we are to have authority we must make sure we are under His authority. (Matt. 8:9) Sons of Sceva may think they can use the name of Jesus at their whim, but they painfully learn otherwise. (Acts 19:14-16)

Beware of those who wish to school you in the Unlimited. You follow the Word made flesh, who wore a yoke and did nothing of Himself. Learn to walk softly before God as your Master walked. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, and He will lift you up and anoint you with power. But walk in the lifted up spirit that this world walks in and you will be brought low.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.