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Remember all those types of scientific power I mentioned on Sunday—wind power, solar power, geothermal power?  Think of God’s power as an endless reserve of every imaginable power all wrapped up in one word—LOVE.  Scripture makes it clear that the Mighty Power available to us is the same power that raised Christ from the dead.  That is a lot of power and it never runs out.  We don’t have to be concerned whether it is “renewable” or going to be affected by global warming or other dire predictions.

Keeping plugged in to the constant flow of the power of the Holy Spirit assures that we can have the strength for each day of the year.  So, as we conclude this first half of the first month of a new decade and a new year, let’s unite to claim God’s power to do great things for our Lord, our families, our communities and for our own lives—each of us can claim His power and do greater things this year than we have ever done before.

Blaise Pascal wrote, “Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little, since I do them with Your power; and little things as though they were great since I do them in Your name.”

God, today, this is my prayer.  You are my strength, help me to do every task with excellence because I am doing each to bring glory to you.  I expect great things from You today Lord as we partner for Your purposes and I ask that as you give me assignments with my family today that you will give me the mighty power of the Spirit of the Living God so that I might be useful and effective for you today.  Send me forth with Your energy and in your name.  Amen.

Additional Study: Ps 65:6, Jer 10:12, Luke 4:14, I Cor 10:31, Phil 4:13, I John 4:11,

 

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There is one power that is renewable minute by minute, hour by hour and that is the power that comes from walking with the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal relationship.  The only source for renewable energy that never runs out is spiritual energy.  II Peter 1:3 assures us that “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”

We all need renewable energy—not necessarily the kind for our homes, cars and community.  We need the energy that allows us to continue to give to others our time and talents without reaching burnout and depletion.  The only way to have that type of energy is to be constantly plugged into the Source of all Power—Jesus Christ.  The best way to accomplish that is through getting to know Him through His Word—the Holy Scriptures.  Spiritual power imparts strength to us when we read and pray.  There are more than 300 verses on power in the Bible.  Clearly, it is something important to our Lord and something He wants to give us when we seek Him.

Lord Jesus, I can only live effectively for You when I tap into the power of the Holy Spirit.  I cannot exhibit Your love and mercy consistently in my own strength.  I cannot maintain the right attitude or a sweet spirit without Your power.  Let me live as II Cor 4:8 states, let me live in such a way that everyone can see that what I accomplish, what power I have, is from You and not my own.  Amen.

Additional Study:  Psalm 51:10, Psalm 104:30, Isaiah 40:31, Lam 5:21, Psalm 62:11, Jeremiah 10:12, Luke 4:14, Acts 10:38, Eph 6:10

 

 

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There is a political saying that came out of the Douglas Lincoln Debates of the 1800s that a “house divided cannot stand.”  It was a saying that carried the Union Army through the Civil War.  Certainly, in our own lives we see that principle lived out.   For example, when Mom and Dad are on the same page the children know the boundaries and rules are consistent and there is a lot less tension for all.  In the workplace, when everyone embraces their individual roles yet works as a unified team, the business is poised for success.

This principle was evident n the lives of the early believers—the power of unity gave them credibility and confidence.  Acts 2:46 tells us why:  “And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose.”  They had the same vision, the same goal, and they were united in their plan.  They prayed in agreement (Acts 4:24), lived in harmony (Acts 2:44), cared for one another (Acts 2:46), met each other’s needs (Acts 4:34), and lived a life of faith (Acts 4:31). The early church lived in unity—and operated in great power.  Today, our families and churches experience every possible distraction and effort to divide us from not only each other, but from the purposes of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We too often focus on the differences rather than those things that unite us.  When we finally see Jesus face to face, we will surely discover that not one of us was 100 percent right.

I have learned to ask “will this make a difference in 5 years?”  If it will not, then really is it worth making a battle field?  Dr. John Maxwell, one of the great leaders of the church, in his book Success Journey points out that success is not a trip you take alone, but it is something you take with your family and friends.  Think about it, at the end of your life, will it be a real success if you got there alone?

Multiply your potential and insure your success by unleashing in your home, in your family, in your life, the Power of Unity.

*Unity with God—God plus one equals a majority

*Unity with Family—Stand together for a strand of three is not easily broken

*Unity with Church—Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM)

*Unity with Friends—there to support

Lord Jesus, there is nothing the enemy fears more than Christians who are united.  When he succeeds, my family is injured, my relationship with you is damaged and I open a window for destruction.  Please Lord help me to see that today.  I want to be united with You today, Lord Jesus.  I want to partner with You to fulfill the purposes You have for my life, for my family, for my business.  With You, Lord, only with You.  Amen.

Additional Study:  Psalm 133:1, John 17:23, Rom 15:5, Eph 4:3, 13, Col 3:14.

 

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I snapped at my 82 year old mom in a moment of frustration today and immediately was sorrowful for my tone and words.  Though I promptly apologized the lingering hurt on her face confirmed that the words had cut deeply and left a wound.

Everything we say has the potential to either uplift or tear down.  Our words harm or heal.  It is never the words themselves; after all, words are inanimate.  It is how we use them and what we bring with them our attitudes, our intentions and motives.

God’s word is very clear on the power we have for life and death with our words.  (Prov 18:21).  Proverbs is full of admonishment urging us to control our tongue.  Proverbs 31:26 reminds us that a virtuous woman “speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”

There are more than 100 verses in Scripture referencing the power of the spoken word and the tongue.  Clearly, what we say and how we say it is important to our Heavenly Lord.  I am challenged today to make my speech in 2011 more filled with praise than pain, to say more often “I am sorry” and “I forgive you” and to choose to respond carefully with my words rather than to react with my emotions. I want to claim the power for His glory rather than fuel the purposes of the Enemy.

Oh, Heavenly Father, I know mom forgave me today, but I need to ask you to forgive me for not only misusing my words with her, but so often using words to be critical and negative rather than to uplift and encourage.  Help me today, Lord, to remember you gave me speech and the power of speaking to share Your love and mercy and to draw others to Your grace, not push them away.  Prick my mind Lord when I misuse this power.  Hold me accountable today Lord.  Amen.

Additional Study:  Prov 15:4, Prov 18:21, Psalm 52:2, Psalm 71:24, Psalm 119:172, Prov 12:18, James 1:16, James 3:5-9,  I Peter 3:10

 

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Resurrection Power, the power of the Cross, is available to each of us through acceptance of Jesus Christ’s personal invitation for a relationship with Him.  This power  is possible because of His sacrificial love.  Do you know that power?  Jesus Christ offers each of us the same power that raised Him from the grave.  We have the right to tap into that power—“But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name.  (John 1:12  KJV).

Power to help you is available right now through that relationship with God.   Perhaps you need the Resurrection Power of His grace to help you overcome a habit or addiction that has you feeling trapped.  Perhaps you are staggering under the burden of depression. Maybe you need His Resurrection Power to turn around a relationship.  Everyday you are alive, Jesus Christ is available to offer you the Power to embrace His love and transform your life.

Put your hope in a vibrant intimate relationship with Jesus. Rely on Him.  Surrender your agenda and your will to His resurrection power in your life and you will experience all of the blessings God has for you.  Focus on seeing others as God sees them, which will help you maintain the purpose and priorities God has for you.

Resurrection is preceded by death.  Does your agenda conflict with God’s purposes for your life as mine so often does?  2011 is a year of new beginnings —to crucify your selfish attitudes and behaviors, so God will raise you to new life by transforming your attitudes and behaviors into healthy ones that will help you grow to be more like Jesus. Physically we are born and live until we die, but spiritually, we are dead until we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and accept as our own His Resurrection Power.

Lord Jesus, thank you for taking my place on the Cross.  Thank you for giving me this chance to start fresh with a clean slate.  Show me how to live today that I live with your purposes in mind.  Take my agenda and replace it with your plan.  Your Power Lord—fill me, that I might have the courage and strength to go forth to complete those purposes.  Amen.

Additional Study:  John 3:16-17, Col 1:21-23, Phil 3:7-11

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