BOOK REVIEW: The Spirit of Might by Jerry Savelle

Book Review
Book review - The Spirit of Might by Jerry Savelle

Book Title: The Spirit of Might

Author: Jerry Savelle

Publisher: Harrison House, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A

ISBN: 0-89274-242-9

Number of Pages: 67

Year Published: 1982


The Spirit of Might is a mini-book that invites readers to walk in the revelation of their ability in Christ. The author started by making it clear that as time passes on, the Body of Christ (the Church) will become stronger and stronger. He corrected the false impression that many people have about the Church as a weak, defeated entity. He established from the Scriptures that Jesus Christ is coming back for a glorious church (Ephesians 5:27); not for a handful of beaten-down, worn-out people who are barely making it. He then went on to say that God will achieve this by the instrumentality of His Word (Ephesians 5:26), not through trials and tribulations, as some believe. In his words, “That trial, hardship, or pressure will not perfect you. It is not designed by God to perfect you; it is designed by the enemy to destroy you. The trial in itself won’t perfect you; it’s what you do with God’s Word and your faith in the midst of the trial that brings perfection.”

To take our place as the glorious church, we have the responsibility of establishing ourselves in the Word. According to the author, “A lot of people have the mistaken idea that if they could just get full of the Word, they would never be attacked again. No, to whom much is given, much is required. (Luke 12:48.) Becoming full of the Word will not stop the attacks of Satan, but it will keep them from being successful. That’s the difference. You are not going to become exempt from the floods of life by being full of the Word, but you will be exempt from being destroyed by the floods.” Taking this thought further, the author explains that the glorious Church is supposed to be victorious and have total success in every area. Just like Jesus accomplished all that He said he would, we should be able to accomplish all that we say we would – and this would require us to have the spirit of wisdom and the spirit of might operating in us like they did in Jesus (Isaiah 11:1-3).

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As Christians, there are times when we actually know what to do but we seem to encounter a brick wall and we eventually don’t accomplish what we set out to do. Possessing the spirit of might will enable us to succeed against all odds. It will take us beyond the point of confessing that “God is able” to the point of knowing that we possess the ability to perform anything. It gives us the ability to say, “My God is able, and so am I” (Philippians 4:13). Knowing what to do is an operation of the spirit of wisdom; having the ability to pull through and to actually do it is an operation of the spirit of might.

The author explains that the Holy Spirit is the parent spirit of both spirits and both of them (the spirit of wisdom and the spirit of might) work hand in hand but they are not the same thing. The spirit of wisdom and might will cause us to have true prosperity which in the real sense, is being in control. Jesus was prosperous because He was in control. Drawing illustrations from the lives of David (I Chronicles 29:10-12, 29-30), Samson (Judges 14:5-6), Elijah (I Kings 18:46), Daniel (Daniel 2:19-23) and Paul (Colossians 1:9-11, Ephesians 3:14-16), the author shows that the spirit of might is also available for us today and that the requirement for appropriating it is waiting on God (Isaiah 40:26 – 31). We must maintain communication with God and stay in tune with Him. The author says, “We receive the Lord’s might just as Jesus did: by waiting upon God, spending time in prayer and meditation and praise.” He further explained that Jesus was always in control. He always possessed the ability to perform because He waited upon the Lord.

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The book concludes with the following words:

“Psalm 34:10 says, They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. There is only one step to receiving God’s might: Wait upon Him. Get in His presence. You’ll start exchanging your weakness for His strength, your lack of wisdom for His wisdom, your lack of understanding for His understanding. If you will remain in His presence, you will begin to be conformed to the image of His dear Son. Then when you walk out of that prayer closet, you will be in control. The Spirit of might will fall upon you.”

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