The Greek word for “power” in the New Testament is “dumanis” which literally means dynamite. There is a sense of explosive power in the word translated “power” in the English language. We need to grasp this. One of the meanings of “explode” in Webster’s Dictionary is “to undergo a rapid chemical or nuclear reaction with the production of noise, heat, and violent expansion of gases.” What if we could comprehend the magnitude of the “reaction” in the spiritual world from Christ filled dumanis produced by fervent prayer, meditation on God’s word, transparency to others, confession of sin or witnessing to the lost or hurting? Christ’s power (dumanis) changes things.
Because of the sense of explosive power in the word dunamis, the reaction to His power often produces a miracle (spiritually, mentally, emotionally and/or physically). An amazing story is recorded in Mark 5. Jesus was headed to heal the young daughter of Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, and a large crowd surrounded Him along the way. In the crowd was a lady who had a bleeding issue for 12 years, and her physical condition continued to deteriorate. She reached out and touched the cloak of Jesus and was immediately healed. The reaction to Jesus’ explosive power was healing. Then, Jesus did something that was amazing. In the midst of the suffocating crowd, He wanted to know the one person who had touched Him with faith and was healed. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Never think that you are lost in a crowd. Recognize connection is always available with Jesus by faith. He will single you out and minister to you with dumanis much as He did to the lady in Mark 5. Her faith allowed Jesus to act with grace and power. There was a response to her faith and then a reaction from His power.
In Mark 6, the opposite happened in Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown. Verses 4&5 declares, “Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.” He was too familiar to His hometown. The Nazarites had great difficulty believing Jesus was the Son of God with divine dumanis. “1 Jesus went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.” Even though many heard Him preach and were amazed knowing He had performed “remarkable miracles,” yet, they did not believe. It is not difficult to imagine what they were saying, “How can He perform miracles and have the audacity to call Himself God’s son. His grew up here. We know His Mom, brothers and sisters, and He was a carpenter who worked in many of our homes.” Jesus was so familiar to them, and He was not able to perform miracles.
Let me ask you a question. Are we too familiar with Jesus? Some of us have been believers for a long time. We profess Him as Lord and Savior, but are we currently truly alive in Christ and expecting dumanis to occur regularly as we walk out our lives? Some of us haven’t seen Jesus’ explosive power in our midst before or in a long time and don’t expect it. We are numb to the magnitude of His power. God is so much bigger than we can imagine. You cannot out pray the magnitude of God. It is time to stop acting like a Nazarite and truly by faith “walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7) living is His presence and experiencing His mighty, explosive power.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DIED DEFENDING THE USA AND PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND ESPECIALLY THEIR SPOUSES, CHILDREN, PARENTS AND SIBLINGS. I CANNOT IMAGINE YOUR GRIEF.