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In Matthew 16:19 the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t cast out a demon.  Jesus told them they didn’t have enough faith.  Recognizing and accepting the mighty power at work within each of us is a step of faith.  Exercising that mighty power requires faith and trust; exercising is an action that we must take.  Jesus assures us that we can move a mountain when we have the faith as a mustard seed.

If faith as small as a mustard seed could move a mountain, think what we as Christians would do to influence our world if we surrendered our will and our agendas to the mighty power He has placed in us.  We can’t be worthy enough or earn the power, we just have to accept by faith the power is alive within us because He lives in us.  Jesus told his followers that when the Spirit arrived, they would receive power.  He taught them to take the power and move mountains—may be a mountain of doubt, despair, loneliness, or a more tangible mountain such as lodging, food, clothing– in their lives and to go do good works and share the Good News.

There are blessings that flow to us including the character produced in us—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23.  We will be less conceited, less angry, and less jealous of others.  (Gal 5:25).  Christ will take our weak bodies and turn them into His likeness (Phil 3:21) and God says He will honor us (I Peter 5:6).  But of all the blessings, watching those we care for growing in love with Jesus Christ is the greatest blessing of all.

Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you today to help me do things that open myself to the Spirit’s influence in my life.  Keep me from being conceited, angry or jealous so that I don’t quench the mighty power at work in me.  Flow through me to move the mountains that seem insurmountable in my life and in those you have placed in my path today.  Open me to the opportunities You will put in front of me, Jesus, so that I don’t miss sharing the Good News or meet the needs of others. Amen.

Additional Study: Psalms 44:3, II Cor. 13:3-4, Eph. 3:20, Col. 1:29

 

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When we allow the Lord Jesus to fill us with His mighty power, we flow like a river with His Spirit.  The picture used in the Bible of the Holy Spirit is a river.  Experiencing the flow of God’s mighty power in us could be analogized to having a powerful river flowing through us into every part of our being to the point it overflows out into the lives of those in our families, our workplace, and in our community.

As I typed this, I realized we have a literal river flowing in us—the blood that fills our veins breathes life into every cell.  Christ’s mighty power is as essential to me accomplishing what I need to do for Him today as that blood in my veins is for me to have life.

My job is not to tell the blood to flow in my veins—my only responsibility is not to stop the flow.  Similarly, my job is not to figure out how Christ’s mighty power will work or is working in my life, but only to stay in the flow of the power; to submit to His will.  The Spirit never just flows in us; he always flows through us so that others might flourish as well.

Lord Jesus, I want to follow You.  You are more patient with my family than I am.  You know their needs better than I do.  You know how to love those around me so they will receive Your love.  Take my gaps and inadequacies and fill each with your mighty power that as I go through life today I am overflowing with Your love.  Help me not quench the Spirit as You are influencing my choices and my actions. Amen.

Additional Study: Col. 2:12, I Peter 5:6, Isaiah 40:26-31.

 

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We can know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.  (Philippians 3:10).

Through reading the Bible, prayer, study of Biblical principles and teachings in church and Bible fellowship opportunities we can gain the knowledge we need to know Christ.  But experiencing the mighty power that Christ offers only comes as we learn to surrender ourselves to Him and trust His Spirit who ministers within us and through us.  As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a life that honors God.  (II Peter 1:3-4)

Christ has promised all His rich and wonderful promises are ours because of this mighty power at work in each of us.  He has promised that we can escape the “decadence all around us” when we allow His mighty power to fill us.

So, how do we experience the mighty power?  We must surrender our will.  When I was a teen, I tried desperately to learn to water ski.  My siblings were all great skiers but no matter how hard I tried, I could not get out of the water and stand up.  One day, my dad said I was working too hard at it and all I had to do was allow the power of the boat to bring me to the surface.  It did.  So it is with Christ.  We can only experience Christ’s mighty power when we let go of our pre-conceived ideas of what that power looks and feels like and allow Christ to fill us with Himself.  I had to trust the boat and the driver.  When we trust Christ, He gives us new life filled with the power we need to serve and honor Him.

Thank you Lord God for the promises of Your Word.  Today, give me the faith to surrender my pre-conceived thoughts and ideas about Your work in my life.  Fill me with Your Spirit and power that I might have the power to become the best me You created me to be and to love those around me as You would.  Amen.

Additional Study: Romans 6:3-5, Romans 8:15-17, Psalms 66:3, Psalms 78:26, Col. 2:12.

 

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Jesus Christ is the mighty power of God (I Cor. 1:24).  Jesus Christ gives us this mighty power of God that though we are weak, in Him we might live and have the power to serve Him in our families, in our communities and in our world.  (II Cor. 13:3-4)

To think the Lord God Almighty has entrusted me, as a vessel, with His mighty power is humbling and, at the same time, brings me awe.  God offers this power that we might use it in sharing the Good News and doing Good Works in His name.  I am ashamed at the realization of the years I have failed to respect, honor, acknowledge or even allow Him to use this power in me for His purposes.

I am certain that I have not only missed out on great blessings that would have been mine if I had allowed His power to work in me, but more specifically I am certain I have failed God and others by not “using” this power within me for His glory; others may well have suffered considerably.

But, today I will not dwell on what I have missed.  I will focus on where the Lord God has planted me and recognize that, “By God’s special favor and mighty power, I have been given the wonderful privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News.” (Eph 3:7)

Lord God, You have placed this special power in me—a weak and perishable vessel.  I am ashamed, embarrassed, sorry and most of all, grief-stricken over my failure to allow Your power to work in and through me.  Take me in a new direction today and from this day forward.  Accomplish in and through me great and mighty things so that everyone can see You and be drawn to Your love.  Amen.

Additional Study: II Cor. 4:7, Psalms 106:8, Isaiah 14:26, Isaiah 59:16

 

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How much power did it take to raise Christ from the dead? God-sized power! God wattage!!!! Blow out the lights of New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Detroit and Miami and you still have only a thimble amount of the power the Lord says is in us.  Tap into every nuclear and atomic energy source and still you won’t come close to tapping the “mighty power” the Lord says He has at work in you and me.

The fiery furnace of the Hebrew children might provide a valuable perspective on the amount of power—after all, they came out of the furnace and didn’t even have a smoky smell about their clothes!  Ever walked out of a restaurant that allowed smoking or attend a sporting event where there was smoking and notice after even only a few minutes the smoky scent in your clothes?

Or, Elijah praying for no rain for three years or that the widow’s supply of oil and flour would never run out and maybe you get a glimpse of the mighty power within each believer.  But how do I comprehend this?  I don’t.

I need to stop analyzing it and just accept it that it is.  The power is within me and I need to depend (read trust, accept, act on, admit, utilize) on Christ’s mighty power at work within me to bring about the purposes He wants to carry out in and through me today.  (Col 1:29)

Oh, Lord Jesus, I don’t have to understand Your mighty power to draw on it to help me through today.  Sometimes I become so over analytical that I miss the joy of resting in You.  Help me today to have the peace that comes with just accepting You are at work in my life, using Your mighty power to carry out Your plans and purpose in me.  Amen.

Additional Study:  Eph 6:10, Heb 1:3

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