Sunday, January 16, 2005

So what kind of power do we really possess??

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a blessed day in the Lord's house. I know we did. Of course, how could any day that you get to share corporate worship of Almighty God be anything other than extraordinary?

Today from our pulpit we heard about God's vision for the new year, with an emphasis on revival, restoration and transformation. Hallelujah! I have to admit that I need all three. The day by day revivial that God brings into our lives as we serve Him keeps us going when we feel emotionally and physically spent. The restoration that the Lord brings to our lives for family members, friends and church family by making what was in pieces whole again is necessary to maintain our fellowship in this world. Of course, He continues to restore us to Himself. And, transformation as we are becoming the Bride of Christ and transformed into His likeness. God blessed us with wonderful interpretive dance and words of prophesy about preparing His Bride for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Needless to say, it was a wonderful time of worship and celebration today. Pretty cool, huh?

All of that has me thinking about the power we have been given in Christ to affect our situations here on Earth. 2 Peter 1:3 says that He has given us, through His power, everything we need for life and godliness. Colossians 1:11 says we are strengthened with all power according to His glorious might. Ephesians 3:20 says that He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or think. How? By His glorious power! Even greater...Look at Ephesians 1:17-23. The last half of verse 19 is amazing. "That power is like the working of His mighty strength, (20) which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms." Wow! Did you realize that we have that kind of power if we are in Christ and walk according to His will and His might?? Jesus said that after we received the Holy Spirit we would do, through that power, even more miraculous things than He did on Earth. Within the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, we have the power to raise the dead, heal the lame, make the blind see, and the deaf hear. It is through the annointing of the Holy Spirit that Jesus' work continues. We are His ambassadors to this world. Let us yield to God and go forth in power healing the sick and giving hope to the hopeless.

It's not all about the "sweet by and by". It's about the transforming power of Almighty God, Jehovah Sabaoth, here in this life, on this Earth, overcoming the Enemy on his turf, and bringing about the Kingdom of God on Earth! Amighty God. Warrior God. Overcoming God.

I would challenge you to join me in this quest to be in the perfect will of God, full and annointed of the Holy Spirit, walking through this life in the victory that the power of God brings.

May God bless you as you go through your week. Remember to start your day by surrendering to His leadership.

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