“I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” (Philippians 3.10-11 NLT).
God’s ways are definitely not our ways (Isaiah 55.8-9). One would think to gain Power, we would have to fight for it. Read more. Meditate more. Study more. Work more. Though there is nothing wrong with these activities, they won’t give us God’s Power.
God does things differently.
We gain His Power by dying to self (our desires, our control, our ways) and submitting to God with complete abandonment like little children (Matthew 18:2-4). Once we get out of the way, God can pour His Power over us–the same Power that can raise people from the dead both physically and spiritually. And the same Power that can raise our God-given Promises from the dead.
We have guaranteed Promises from God extended to us by His grace and claimed by us with faith. However, these Promises are only attainable through God’s Power working in our lives. God gives us a beautiful truth that when we stop focusing on our inabilities and begin focusing on His strength, His Power will flow mightily through us. Gaining Power is not about what we can offer; it’s about what we are willing to receive by faith.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12.9-10 ESV).
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT).
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