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How To Use Your “Exousia” And “Dunamis”!

How To Use Your Exousia And Dunamis

The concepts of Exousia and Dunamis are fundamental in the teachings of the Bible. These words, derived from Greek, hold significant meaning and can guide us in understanding our relationship with God and using our spiritual power.

In this post, we explore how to harness your Exousia and Dunamis, the biblical interpretation of Exousia and Dunamis, their relevance to our lives, and how we can harness these spiritual powers.

UNDERSTANDING EXOUSIA AND DUNAMIS

WHAT IS “EXOUSIA”?

Exousia,” as used in the Bible refers to authority or power, often associated with legal or official authority. In the context of the Bible, exousia signifies the power granted by God to believers to perform His will and act on His behalf. This power is not limited to the physical realm but extends to the spiritual realm, enabling us to overcome challenges and obstacles in our lives.

  • Matthew 28:18 (NIV): “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”
  • Luke 10:19 (NIV): “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
  • John 1:12 (NIV): “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
  • Romans 13:1 (NIV): “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
  • Colossians 2:15 (NIV): “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
  • Revelation 1:18 (NIV): “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

WHAT IS “DUNAMIS”?

“Dunamis,” as used in the Bible, is a Greek word used 120 times in the New Testament and represents power, strength, or ability. It is often used to describe the miraculous power of God, which is available to believers. This power is not only manifested in miraculous events but also in the strength and courage we draw from our faith. It is the root word of our English words dynamite, dynamo, and dynamic.

  • Luke 5:17 (NIV): “One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.”
  • Acts 1:8 (NIV): “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  • John 19:10 (NIV): “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. ‘Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?’”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:24 (NIV): “Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.”
  • 2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV): “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.”
  • Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV): “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

APPLYING EXOUSIA AND DUNAMIS IN OUR LIVES:

  1. Recognize and Accept God’s Authority: To access the power of exousia, we must first acknowledge and submit to God’s authority. This involves recognizing His sovereignty and aligning our lives with His will. As we develop a deeper relationship with God, we can tap into the authority He grants us to overcome spiritual battles and fulfill His purposes.
  1. Pray and Seek God’s Power: To harness the power of dunamis, we must actively seek God’s presence and power through prayer and supplication. As we spend time in His presence, we can experience the renewing of our strength and the transformation of our lives. This spiritual power enables us to face challenges with confidence and overcome obstacles in our path.
  1. Share the Gospel and Bring God’s Power to Others: As believers, we are called to share the message of salvation and the power of the Gospel with others. By using our exousia and dunamis, we can bring hope, healing, and transformation to those around us. This involves living a life that reflects the love and grace of God, as well as actively engaging in acts of service and evangelism

THINK ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:

  • Am I allowing the Lord to work His power in me?
  • Am I obstructing His working through me to others?
  • What am I doing to clog up the works?

If we have this dynamite power in us, is it efficiently working? If our pipes, so to speak, are clogged with sin of whatever kind, it acts as sludge to contaminate His presence, and His power will not flow. We must be cleansed and filled with God’s holiness for His miracle-working power to be operative in us.

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION:

IS HIS DYNAMITE POWER WORKING EFFICIENTLY IN ME?

  • What works go undone?
  • What wounds of others go unattended?
  • What heartaches of others go uncomforted?
  • What needs of others go unmet because I do not listen to the Lord’s leading or I harbor some sin, thereby, not allowing Him to work efficiently through me?

Luke 9:1 (NIV) says: “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.”

When Jesus sent out the disciples, He gave them “power and authority” over demons, to preach the kingdom, and to heal the sick. The Greek word used here for power is, again, dunamis. Exousia is the word used for authority and also means privilege, force, mastery, token of control, delegated influence, jurisdiction, and so on.

That same power and delegated influence have been given to us, if Christ lives in us. Isn’t that an awesome thought? If we are “a dwelling place of God in the Spirit,” then His living power and energy reside within us, working as we agree with Him to accomplish His works.

Ephesians 2:22 (NIV) says: “And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”

Oh, if only we could begin to grasp the magnitude of His dynamite power and allow Him full reign in our hearts, how much immeasurably more could we do for the Lord?

“Lord, I am Yours to command. Cleanse me of all that would hinder the flow of Your love, Your Spirit, and Your dynamite-power. Work Your will in me that I may bring glory to Your Name and be a reflection of Your mighty power, love, and grace to others. Amen!”

CONCLUSION:

Harnessing the power of exousia and dunamis is essential for believers seeking to live a victorious and fruitful life. By understanding and applying these biblical concepts, we can access the spiritual power necessary to overcome challenges, fulfill God’s purposes, and bring His love and grace to the world around us.

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