"There is a signature of wisdom and power impressed on the works of God, which evidently distinguishes them from the feeble imitations of men.--Not only the splendor of the sun, but the glimmering light of the glowworm, proclaims his glory." John Newton
PRAY: Dear Lord, You have POWER in Your name, in Your actions, in Your authority and in Your being! I thank You that I can celebrate believing in the God of power! I don't have to be afraid, I don't have to cower or be insecure. And because You made me in Your image, and Your Holy Spirit is in me, then I can embrace Your power within me. It makes the verse come alive, "when we are weak, then we are strong." I should never question the power that I have available to me to overcome outside forces, internal demons, and relational obstacles. Thank You for giving me so many verses all through the Bible about Your power. It's amazing, exciting and almost overwhelming to know that because of Your power, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen.
REFLECT: Have you ever taken the time to think about how powerful God is? These verses help to focus on the overwhelming power of our loving, creative God. God the Father made the heavens and the earth with just an outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for Him. By His power God raised Jesus from the dead and He raises each one of us. His divine power has given us everything we need, from food and work to knowledge and goodness. Jesus had power to heal and do miracles and the Holy Spirit has the power to live within us and transform us from the inside, out. We have to praise Him for His acts of power and praise Him for His surpassing greatness. If we truly understood how powerful God is we would never be afraid, never be tempted, never avoid conflict, and never question our future. Our lives would change completely and we would experience total peace, comfort, and security - if we could only comprehend how powerful God really is.
ACT: Ask yourself these questions and pay attention to your honest answers: • Do you truly believe that absolutely nothing is too hard for God? • Do you believe that by His divine power, He has given you everything you need to live a godly life? • Do you believe that He has given you all the knowledge of Him that you need? • Are you an eyewitness of His majesty? • Do you praise Him for His acts of power? • Do you praise Him for His surpassing greatness? How did you answer? Do you need to think through any of these questions again and figure out how to change your answer to a powerful YES? Go through them again and keep them in case you need to work on your own personal spiritual growth. Once you can committedly say YES to all of these questions, you will be able to live the abundant life that He has offered each one of us. And when you do, it will be beautiful and thrilling.