Monday, September 26, 2011

Strength or Power

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV) 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The other morning My wife and I were talking about the word strength verses the word power. Strength is something we can gain in the natural sense. We exercise our muscles and they get stronger. Power is something you acquire. Power is the explosives you pack into a bomb.

We are children of the One who created time, space and matter (Genesis 1:1). We have access to an amazing power that is beyond our comprehension. We need to move on from this thinking that our needs are just met. As humble as it may seem to be satisfied with just barely getting by, you don't have anything left over to help others. The Bible says in Philippians 4:19, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." According to His riches in glory is so much more than just getting by.

The verse at the top says that God gives us victory. Victory means more than standing strong, it means overtaking and increasing the size of your territory. So how do we move into this place of blessings from barely getting by? The Bible says in Ephesians 6:10, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."  If we are strong in the lord we will see the power of His might.

To be strong in the Lord is to know Him personally. Every child of God has access to the Father. The Bible gives us several ways to know Him more personally:
  1. The Bible itself is truly living. Many of us have experienced the voice of God literally as we absorb the Scriptures. The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is living and powerful..." 
  2. Prayer is another way to connect with God. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 4:16, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."Meet with God in prayer.
  3. Have communion. The word communion means "sharing and exchanging intimate thoughts". This is something God desires. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus, "...who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross..." This is the Joy of fellowship that the cross provided. When you break bread remember that He paid a price for us to be able to fellowship with Him. Take advantage of it.
  4. Get connected to a church. The Bible tells us that Jesus had the Holy Spirit unlimited (John 3:34). The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:27, "Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually." This is telling us that the church (body of Christ) is a source of Holy Spirit power.
The power of God is available to every child of God. Take advantage and move beyond barely getting by. The Bible says in Revelation 5:10, "And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth." Both a king and a priest are a source of something for others. They have something to pass on. They are a source of physical and Spiritual treasure.

So be strong in fellowship with God and tap into the same power that created time, space, matter and even light in just 1 day. He is real and He is available to you.

Be Blessed!

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