Realizing the Power of God
Chaplain Barbara Embry
Citizens Baptist Medical Center
It is amazing how words spoken by others will generate a pathway to yesteryears, memories, and truths that lay dormant inside our hearts. I have the expressed, distinguished pleasure of the company of a very bright 4 year old great-grandson who is a lover of music and sings every praise song our praise team ministers. He traveled with his grandmother to a musician’s rehearsal for the choir formulated for the Afternoon of Praise in Talladega. He heard “We Believe” and sings it constantly and it is the only song I can play when he’s in my car; not only play it but it’s on repeat. One of the verses in the song mentions the “Power of God”, and so he asks the question, “Gigi, what is the Power of God?”
As I started to find the words that would suit that of a 4 year old mind, I began to concentrate on the significance of God’s Power in me. I explained to Jayden that the Power of God resides in him and that because of His power then he (Jayden) would be able to do many things. As I reminisced, Scripture unfolded in my heart. Jesus told the Sadducees they were mistaken about the resurrection because they didn’t know Scripture nor the power of God. We still make mistakes because we do not realize the power of God. Jesus said in Luke 24:49 that the Holy Spirit would fill us with power from on high. Life wouldn’t dictate so much uncertainty to us if we would push “pause” and think about whose we are, and the power He has given to us that we can be more than conquerors in any situation.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came that we might have life more abundantly. When I think of abundant life I also think of having everything that pertains to life and to Godliness. “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). The very power that God used to raise Jesus from the grave is the power that lives inside His children. When we truly realize the power we have been given, we react with a stronger mental attitude toward life’s unpleasant circumstances. The Bible declares in Proverbs 23:7 “that as a man thinks in his heart; so is he.”
Here are a few Scriptures to dwell on:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
“With my great strength and powerful arm I made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose.” (Jeremiah 27:5)
“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” (Isaiah 40:29)
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” (Philippians 4:13)
“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.” (Philippians 3:10)
“For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.” (2 Corinthians 13:4)
So you are thinking, have thought, and will continue to think; and you know that you are more than a conqueror; you can do all things; you are powerful force because of the Power of God in you; you are the head and not the tail; you are above and never beneath. He has given us His power and we are equipped to live a righteous life…loving, forgiving, serving, worshipping and all that I need to do in the earth.
Prayer: Father we bless You for all the love You have given us to make us able to live, move, and have our being in You. We ask that Your Holy Spirit would remind us of Your POWER that is within us, that we might experience the abundance of life that Jesus brought with Him. Thank You Father for suppling our every need according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Amen!!!