Paul says in Romans 1:16 (a):
“I’m not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of every one who believes: …”
Its a common mistake to think that after someone preaches the gospel, God sends the power. But the Bible says that the gospel “is the power of God”. If someone gives you a machine gun, you need to be trained before you can handle it, don’t you? But our wonderful God told you on the day you were saved: “I’ll give you my power to handle!”
What is that power? It is the gospel! When you preach the gospel you preach the power of God to the people!
I was one interrupted in the middle of my preaching in India by a woman of about 50 who suddenly got up and ran towards the platform. She wanted to shake my hand and give me an offering. I told her to wait until I had finished preaching, so she went back and sat down again, and when I had finished preaching and prayed for the sick we invited people to give testimonies. This woman came back to testify, and I asked her why she had run up in the middle of my preaching. She said, “I have a 27 year old daughter who was born deaf and dumb. I brought her to the meeting yesterday, and when you prayed for the sick she began to hear, but she still could not speak. But today as she sat beside me listening to you preach, she began to speak and call me ‘amma, amma’ (mummy, mummy).” Praise God! But how did the miracle happen during my preaching? The previous day her deaf ears were opened and that day as the gospel was being preached, the gospel was entering her. The gospel entering her was actually the power of God entering her. When it entered, the dumb tongue was released and she was able to speak.
In another Indian city during a gospel crusade, a little seven-year-old girl who was lame and had never been able to walk was carried into the meetings by her grandmother. As the gospel was preached, this little girl suddenly stood up and began to run all over the place. I have seen countless people get healed while the gospel is being preached. Why does it happen? Because the gospel is the power of God. It makes me so irritated when anyone says: “Oh! He’s only preaching the gospel”. They don’t understand taht it is the Power of God!
From Dare to Win by P.S. Rambabu. Reproduced here with permission by the author.