Wednesday, August 24, 2016

God's Power in You

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Chuckle: "Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most!"
Good Quote: "If we would be vessels to receive the Spirit of God, we must first be willing clay in the hands of the Maker." --William A. Ward
"Understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same power that raised Christ from the dead" (Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT).
This is a most awesome passage for us as Christians. Just imagine the divine power that it took to raise Jesus from the dead! This is the same power that parted the Red Sea, caused the walls of Jericho to come tumbling down, and allowed Jesus to call Lazarus from the tomb after he had been dead four days. Not only did God's power raise Jesus, but that same power (Holy Spirit) is overcoming sin in people's lives every day. It is the same power that will one day bring about the resurrection of all believers who have died.
God's power works in you. The grace of God which has redeemed us through faith in Christ reveals His limitless power and amazing love. He gives us victory over sin, death, and the grave with the promise of eternal life. This power has forever changed our relationship with the God of the universe, our Heavenly Father Himself. Faith in Jesus Christ releases God's power into our lives both now and throughout eternity. Our problem is that we often fail to let God's power (Spirit) have control and exercise His will in our daily lives.
God's power works for you. Sadly, many of us go through life without ever recognizing that this same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us and will meet our every need. There is nothing you will encounter in life that will require more power than that which is already available to you. There is nothing too difficult for God to handle on our behalf. Oh, we believe in God and may call ourselves Christians, but many of us never trust and experience the full power of God in our daily walk with Him.
God's power works through you. When a person is at work effectively for God, we must recognize that it is the power of the Holy Spirit working through him, not the man's efforts, that is producing the results. Jesus promised His followers, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8 NIV). The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us. What will you allow that power to do in your life?
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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