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Using the Power of God
4/3/2015

Using The Power of God

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection… Philippians 3:8-10 (NKJV)

Have you ever witnessed someone having the power to do something good, but for whatever reason they chose not to use it?  I am sure there are good reasons for not using our abilities or gifts at various times, but more often than not I feel we simply choose not to capitalize on the opportunity given to us by God.  As sad as this may sound for those who don’t receive our help, it is equally sad when we don’t use our power to help ourselves. 

I want to clarify what I am speaking of with respect to “helping ourselves.”  I am not suggesting we reach in the cookie jar when no one is looking simply because we have the opportunity and power to do so.  What I am referring to is the ability and power given to us through the Holy Spirit to help us as Christian believers to live in a way pleasing to Him.

This is the power spoken of by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Church in Philippi.  Paul had earned respect from the religious elite; he had influence, power, and vast worldly resources, and yet he willingly lost them all when he made a decision to follow Jesus (Phil. 3:8-10).  Paul knew the trade was worth it because he received much more in return, such as God’s Holy righteousness imputed to him, and His power to live in a new and proper way. 

Q: How should Paul’s testimony and these Scriptures impact our lives as Christian men and women?

It should encourage us to know the truth surrounding our Easter celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.  If we truly have professed we believe He is God incarnate; that He died upon the cross of Calvary to pay for our sin, once for all (Heb. 7:27), and that He was buried and then rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:4), then we must realize we too have been buried with Him in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.  The same power responsible for Jesus’ resurrection will enable us to say, "No" to the things tempting us, and allow us to be transformed to be like Jesus. 

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  Romans 6:4 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Celebrate Easter this weekend with a renewed sense of strength and appreciation.  He is risen indeed!  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 6:4 how should we be walking once we give our life to Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you using the power of God to walk in newness of life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to use the power of God to do what you know is right.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the power to stand fast against the wiles of the enemy.  Help me this day Lord to use Your mighty power to do what I know to be right.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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