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DUNAMIS POWER - PART 1

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Dunamis power, the subject of this lesson, is what everyone wants but few are willing to pay the price for. Dunamis power requires much of us and of our faithfulness to the Lord. Consequently, this lesson will examine this biblical term in great detail and show how we as believers can walk in this power and in His authority.

  1. Healing Anointing is Dunamis Power

  2. ** Healing anointing is Dunamis power; the power of the Lord is present to heal. You need the virtue. You need the gift. You need to be endowed with a gift for miracles because then you can preach on tithing or you can talk about anything and people will still get healed. When you’ve got the anointing for miracles, it doesn’t matter about the structure of your program. At any time you can just go, “Who wants to get healed? Let’s release that power and we’ll have miracles.” God said everywhere we go, if we want to move a meeting into miracles and healings, we can. It’s not about us; it’s about Jesus. But I’ve learned how to work and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Just about everywhere I go, I can move and shift at anytime, in any kind of service into a wave of healing. And there are times when I have to ask God if I have permission to move the service into miracles or if maybe I should hold back because He wants me to preach.

  3. Power Present to Heal (Luke 5:17) - “Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”

  4. You Will Receive Power (Acts 1:8; 2:4) - “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and the end of the earth.”

  5. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing might wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.”

    ** When the Holy Ghost comes upon you, you shall receive power, and we know that word means Dunamis, dynamic, miracle, the manifestation of miracles, magnitude, amplification, abundance, great power, great strength, great virtue, and the “do the impossible”. That’s what power means. And the thing about Dunamis is it is very exuberant. It’s very bold. It’s very experience oriented, it’s like coming into the lightening of God. It’s like just buzzing for hours after the meeting. It may be three o’clock in the morning and I’ll still be in bed thinking about the miracles. Dunamis power is very dynamic. Again, that’s what Dunamis means.

    ** And the Bible says that when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you shall receive that Dunamis. So what does the Holy Spirit coming upon you look like? Acts 2:4 (Coming of the Holy Spirit) 4 And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 4:31 (Prayer for Boldness) 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. And throughout the Book of Acts they were full of the Holy Ghost. And even the Apostle Paul says, “Be filled”. What are we talking about? We’re talking about a constant encounter with power.

  6. You Will Receive Boldness (Acts 4:31) - “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

  7. Dunamis is Experience Oriented

  8. A Constant Encounter with Power (Eph. 5:17,18) - “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.”

  9. ** I know people in ministry who have said, “Todd, there was that time in my life in ministry where I moved in a season of miracles and healings. Then all of a sudden, it stopped. How come? At one time in my life I was walking in miracles.” You know what miracles are? They are the operation of power. “And there was more”, they’d say,

    “There was a level of operating in power, in working power, the working of miracles, I moved in that. But then it stopped.” And I said, “Well, you know what happened? You stopped having encounters. The Holy Ghost stopped coming upon you.” There isn’t a one-time place where the Holy Spirit will fall on you, and you will receive the power God wants you to have for the rest of your ministry. Very quickly when I came into the reality of knowing the Holy Ghost I began to discover the anointing and how the anointing began to operate. I discovered I could release rivers of living water. And as I began to see miracles and healings, I learned it was so important for me to experience an encounter with a supernatural God in extended seasons of where I would come into His presence expecting and asking God for nothing else but another experience in His power.

  10. Authority Versus Power

  11. ** I want to talk about the difference between authority and power; how to walk in authority and how that authority and the experience of authority will bring you into a healing anointing and healing power.

    ** Let’s focus on how to get yourself ready to be in that place where healing power and healing anointing will come on your life by being faithful with authority.

    a. The 12 commissioned with authority (Matt. 10:1) - “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”

    b. The 70 commissioned with authority (Luke 10:1) - “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He himself was about to go.”

    c. The 120 commissioned with authority (Acts 1:8) - “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and the end of the earth.”

    d. Believers commissioned with authority (Mark 16:16-18) - “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”

    ** God wants you to operate in authority. Do you know why the body of Christ doesn’t move in miracles, signs and wonders? It’s waiting for Dunamis. But do you know what Dunamis won’t come until you are faithful with authority. Until you take the talent of what God has already give to you and you invest that talent because you want Him to

    give you five talents. And I’ll tell you what. I was faithful. With nothing but faith, raw faith, I took that raw faith, my one talent and I didn’t go bury it and hide it, and say, “Well, God, I need to feel something. I know you’ve called me.” I’ve had visions for ten years of having a ministry like Katherine Kuhlman, but it hasn’t happened yet.

    ** I meet people all over the world in the body of Christ that talk about the healing anointing they have, the call of God that has come over their life to heal the sick. And I say, “What are you waiting for? How come you’re not in the hospitals? How come you’re not exercising and contending and birthing and maturing and nurturing what God’s given you?” They are like, “Well, the power hasn’t come. I’m waiting for something to, I don’t know, supernaturally possess me and bring me onto the platform before twenty thousand people or something.”

    ** We are too experience oriented. And the experience will come The anointing will come. But when there is nothing else, there is authority. And God always rewards authority.He always blesses as you are faithful to invest, multiply, contend and pray for a thousand people, and see nothing, and pray for another thousand and still see nothing, and pray for another thousand.

    e. The fruit of Commissioned Authority (Luke 10:17-19) - “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.’ 18 And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 ‘Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power fo the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.’”

    ** He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Jesus gave them power and the word power means He gave them authority. That word authority means He gave them the right. He gave the m the Word. He gave them the permission, the commission, He told them what to do, and He said, “I want you to do it, I want you to go.”

    ** And they started to operate in that power and then we see something in Luke 10:1. Read this verse again very carefully. What Jesus gave unto those seventy was what He gave unto the twelve. And what He gave unto the twelve was authority, the permission, the right, the commission, and the Word to do what God wanted every believer to do. The reason it started with twelve is because there were only twelve. Then it went to seventy because there were seventy. And after seventy, there was one hundred and twenty, and after one hundred and twenty, there were three thousand, and after three thousand, Peter said, “even as we’ve received…” What we’ve received isn’t just speaking in tongues, we’ve received Acts 1:8 (The Holy Spirit Promised) 8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” He has given us Dunamis power so we can now be witness to the end of the earth.

    He has given us Dunamis power so we can now be witnesses to the ends of the earth!

    (This is part 1 of a two part teaching. Please look out for part 2 next week)

In Him,

Todd Bentley

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