Friday, January 24, 2014

Spiritual Power, What Is It?

I probably would be safe in saying that there are not many people in this world who would not like to have power.  Some kind of power.  Some like power over people, a common one.  Others would like power over circumstances, pretty common too, huh? Any kind of circumstances or just certain ones?  Any certain people or just certain ones.  How about a special kind of power that would make life a whole lot better and would give us wisdom, understanding, perception, and make our lives just what God would want us to be.  Would you like that?  Me too.  Let's see what we can learn about this power.

Psalms 62:11  "Power belongs to God."  So if power belongs to God, then Spiritual power has to come from God, doesn't it?  We can have that power, do you know how that comes about?  Paul said in Romans 1:16  "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto Salvation, for everyone who believes..."  The Gospel of Christ is power.

Hebrews 4:12  "For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to  the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."  So the Word of God is powerful and sharp.

Isaiah 40:29  "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength."  Do you ever feel fainthearted in your walk with God, He is speaking to you right here and now and He will give you power and increase your strength.

Psalms 89:34  "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My mouth."  The dictionary says covenant is a 'formal binding agreement'.  And God says He will not break His covenant nor alter what He says.  Wow!  We better get serious about His word, hadn't we?  Serious enough to listen to what He has to say and serious enough to do it.  This is where our Spiritual power comes into play.

Do we trust what He has to say?  I am afraid a lot of people take God's word very lightly and do not realize that He is Real, He is All Powerful, He is Everything to us, why do we doubt His very existence at times.  I have a friend who is an Atheist and he makes no bones about it, I have wished so often that I could share God with him, he was raised in a Christian home, but as I have talked to him I have realized that he was not taught who God really is and what He can do for him.  For example, his parents drink alcohol, and my friend is an alcoholic, I believe he might have quit by now because his health was telling on him.  He has changed his diet and maybe when he comes back, (he has been gone until April of this year) I will be able to talk to him about God.  I pray I can and that he will listen.  That is, if I am still here.  So what have we learned today from our study.

We have learned that 'power belongs to God'. We learned that we have to believe in the Gospel of Christ.  What is the Gospel of Christ?  The Gospel of Christ is the Good News that Jesus came here as a baby and lived our life of obedience and died our death to sin so that we could live His life like He lived it and die His death, that is death to sin.  He did all that for us that we might have eternal life with Him forever.  That is the Gospel of Christ in a nutshell.  We have learned that the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto Salvation. We also learned that the Word of God is powerful.  So spending time in His Word brings us Spiritual power.  We also learned that His promises that He has made to us, He cannot break or alter what has gone out of His mouth.  Can we trust Him?  Yes, we can.  Will you trust Him, I hope so.  I pray that this little study has made an indelible impression upon your mind of trust in God and the power He can give us to all who believe, to overcome any negative in our life.  Grandma Joan

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