Thursday, September 10, 2015

Blessed with Power

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I hate it when I hastily buy toys for my grandkids and not take the time to read all the info on the box. It’s frustrating to get home and find out that “Batteries Are NOT Included!” Without a power source, the toy is useless.

That is never the case with Christ followers. When the Spirit secures our new life in Christ, He also empowers and strengthens us with every spiritual resource to serve Christ and minister to others. Paul said it this way, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” [Ephesians 1:3 - emphasis mine]. Please note that that you lack nothing—you have all the power you need.

Paul experienced first hand God’s infinite power supply. He went through circumstances that stretched him physically and spiritually to the limits [see 2 Corinthians 11:23-29]. Still, he would powerfully proclaim, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” [2 Corinthians 4:8-9]. We can attribute his inner perseverance to his power source—the Holy Spirit.

We have the very same Holy Spirit in us. We have all the power needed to navigate through any circumstance that comes our way. Are you being hindered? You need not be frustrated. Are you perplexed? No need to despair. Persecuted? You’re not alone. Though hard-pressed, we have the assurance of being renewed with fresh, daily strength from the Holy Spirit, as Paul said, “Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” [2 Corinthians 4:16].

God never leaves His children powerless. He gives us all we will ever need to live the Christian life through the Holy Spirit.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

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