Storms can be sudden and fierce, raging until they suck the life out of us. What storm as struck your life? If you are God’s child through faith in Jesus Christ, we have five things in the midst of any storm that can never be destroyed by wind, flood, fire, terrorism, enemy attack or anything else. In the last few days, we have discussed the previous four: 1) We have His purpose (see God Promises Good Will Come Out of Our Storms); 2) We have His prayers (see Do You Have the Full Measure of Christ’s Joy In You?); 3) We have His presence (see We Have Comfort In The Lord’s Presence); 4) We have His peace (see The Peace Christ Gives Us); and today we will discuss that 5) we have His power.
The truth is when we are in the midst of a storm, it is natural for us to focus on the storm. Our power in Christ can be found when we focus on Him. We are to stand firm in who we are in Christ. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Eph. 6:10-13)
Jesus has the same power and glory of God the Father. He can calm the storms (Mark 6:51, Luke 8:23-25); Jesus will show us His full glory and we are to listen to Him (Mark 9:2-7); We are to have faith in and not doubt the power of Jesus, who will heal us, drive out impure spirits and lift us up (Mark 9:14-27); Jesus sees us in our affliction and will heal us by our faith for His glory (John 9:1-7); we will see the glory of God if we believe we will (John 11:38-44); and Jesus has power over every dominion and is already victorious as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:11-21).
So as we stand firm in who we are in Christ, we need to understand that we have His power within us. “But 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) By faith in Christ, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.” (Eph 1:13-14)
His “grace is sufficient for us, for [His] power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). The power we have received is His power, it does not depend upon our strengths. And truthfully, if we are depending upon ourselves, we will not have the power to overcome the storms: “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5) And we stand in His truth of what He has bestowed on us: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7)
Lord we pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which you have called us, the riches of your glorious inheritance in your holy people, and your incomparably great power for us who believe. Lord, we know that power is the same as the mighty strength you exerted when you raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at your right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Lord, we choose to be strong in you as we abide in total dependency upon you through prayer, Bible reading, and obedient faith. One day at a time we will go forward in your strength. Thank you for supplying all that we need. In Jesus’s name we lift our prayers to you. Amen!
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