Friday, September 30, 2016

Power That Comes From God

Ephesians 3:14-19 “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

We all know that we need the power to triumph over evil in this world. However, our real need lies not in the external world but in the internal combat zone where we fight our moral battles. Galatians 5:16-18 tells us, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” The Triune God of heaven and Earth is omnipotent, which breaks down to “omni” – from Latin “omnis” meaning ‘all’ and “potent” meaning ‘powerful; mighty’. Therefore, God is Almighty; possessing unlimited power; all powerful. 

Revelation 19:6b “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”

One pastor once said that none  of us will ever need to leap a tall building in a single bound or bend steel beams with our bare hands, but we do need to conquer sin in our lives, overcome the temptations that surround us daily, and bend our iron wills on obedience to God Almighty. As Christians, we have only one source for such power; the ultimate power of Jesus Christ in our hearts. Not only does Christ’s power expel the evil within us, it conquers the attacks from without. Christ calls us to triumph, but He never leaves us to fight on our own. Jesus always leads us forth in triumph, encouraging and urging us to go and conquer in His name. With Christ’s power inhabiting our souls, we can conquer evil.

Christ is the only true superhero, and He lives within us and works through us. We all need to allow Him to empower us for the challenges and temptations we face every day this side of eternity. By Christ’s power, we can conquer all evil that comes our way; the power that comes from God.

In Christ, Brian

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