Spiritual Power: Our Source for Christian Living

Sam Petitfils

“. . .and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,according to the working of his great might” (Ephesians 1:19)

Many Christians despair of living for God because they seem overwhelmed by sin’s power, mounting trials, and other weaknesses.  Every godly Christian will suffer trials (2 Timothy 3:12), it is true.  Yet recall the dynamic faith of the early church where disciples gladly suffered for the sake of Christ and endured much suffering for His name (Acts 5:40-42; 14:22, and many places).  So how do we live the Christian life?

God not only gives us every instruction we need to obey Him, but the power to perform it.  That the whole meaning of Philippians 4:13:

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

This verse does not means I can do whatever I want, but rather whatever God requires of me.  Look at Ephesians 1:19 again, quoted above.  The power that God provides is the very power that raised Jesus from the dead!  Think about that the next time you feel weak and beset with various sins and weaknesses.  "This power resides in me, that is inside of my soul. That Christ dwells within us provides us with all the hope we need." (Colossians 1:27)  Consider Paul’s admonition to young Timothy who, at times, may have balked at the opposition he faced:

“. . .for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).

In order to withstand the trials of ministry, Timothy needed God’s supply of power.  We need that power as well.  The kind of warfare we experience does not originate from this world, but rather from invisible forces seeking to disrupt and destroy God’s work (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

So how do we get this power?  Let me focus on one solution, the best one.  Seek God daily.  Our time with God provides us with everything we need for the day’s battles.  The reason we need to meet with God each day is we are weak apart from Him.  Yet our very weakness makes us candidates to receive that power (2 Corinthians 12:10). When we suppose we can do battle alone we deceive ourselves and set ourselves for failure.  Take that time to pray for God’s strength and spend quality time in God’s Word.  Through reading and praying, God will provide the strength you need to overcome the battles of the day.

As we come to God each day asking for His power, remember to:

1) Admit your need.
2) Confess your sin.
3) Pray for power and strength.
4) Thank God for His gracious provision.
5) Rise up with a commitment to walk humbly with your God.

While the world promises power, it cannot deliver.  But God supplies us richly with all we need to glorify His name and live for Him (2 Peter 1:3).  What does He provide?  The very power that raised Jesus from the dead; the power of the Holy Spirit.  The next time you feel weak recognize that, as a new creation in Christ, you can put to death evil deeds (Romans 8:13), and serve God victoriously.

Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

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