Summary: Beloved, God has designed school of power for His children to enable them to flow in His great power at the fullness of time. When we talk of going through the school of power, it means to pass through a learning process, and with great expectation
MANTLE OF POWER
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Beloved, God has designed school of power for His children to enable them to flow in
his great power at the fullness of time. When we talk of going through the school of power, it means to pass through a learning process, and with great expectation that at the end of the day, you will succeed. Many people will enroll in a school but not all of them will conclude the programme. Some will pass while others will fail. Some will fail because of unseriousness, nonchalance, lack of knowledge, or their inability to cope with the rigour involved. Others will pass because they will follow the teachings and discipline. Even those that will succeed will come out in different grades. I want you to believe that you will succeed in Jesus’ name. The questions are: Do you really desire to have power? Are you willing to pay the price, whatever it may cost? If your answer is in the affirmative, then you are ready to receive the mantle of power.
When we talk about the mantle of power, we are talking of an outward manifestation of God’s power. 1 Corinthians 4:20: “For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” Acts of the Apostles 1:8: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The word “power” here is got from the Greek word “dunamis” from which we get the word dynamite. So, we can say, “You shall receive “dunamis” after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”
WHAT IS A DYNAMITE?
Dynamite is a powerful explosive used in mining. It is used to break mountains. It means that when the power of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, it will break every impediment to the glory of God. When the power comes upon you, every hindrance on your way shall be exploded. This power will only come upon you when you yield your life unto the Lord. That is why Isaiah 55:12 says, “For yea shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
There is a going forth and a being led forth. When the Bible says you will go out with joy, it means that it is possible to go out with sadness. A lot of people go out and come back frustrated and unaccomplished. It says you shall be led forth with peace; that is talking about the peace of God being with you even when you walk through a bad environment. The Bible says that as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. As the Spirit of God leads you forth in this dark world, you will be at peace. The mountains and hills mentioned in that passage refer to hindrances on your way; such hindrances will break forth into singing. And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Everything will work for your peace. When the power of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, it will break up all the hindrances and they will give glory to the Lord. That is why you need the mantle of power.
Why do we need the mantle of power?
1. To witness Christ to the world: Acts of the Apostles 1:8 makes us to understand that the mantle of power will enable us to be God’s witnesses. Wherever you go, the fullness of Christ will spring forth through you.
2. To do exploit for God: Daniel 11:32: “But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” In difficult situations, such people will be able to prevail by the reason of the mantle of power.
3. The mantle of power is an emblem of God’s presence: The presence of God causes terror to the enemies all the time. Psalms 16:11 : “In thy presence, is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” The joy of the Lord swells in you as the mantle of power falls upon you.
4. For ransom from destroyers: Hosea 13:14: “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.” You need the mantle of power to be free from the powers of the destroyers. The enemy is out to steal, to kill and to destroy. But by this power, you will be preserved.