Always Live Out the Lord’s Prayer
How God Gives Us Power
Power comes from God to those of us who are followers of Christ and are on a journey to submit to him and bring out the truth of the Lord’s prayer, where it says, “Your will be done.”
Today, there’s a lot of wrestling over power. It’s in the background (and often times the foreground) of life and politics. But I want you to know something, followers of Christ are not supposed to be wimps or milk toasts.
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”
We are supposed to be agents of God to bring the kingdom of God to earth. But what is that power?
You can mistake power. And a lot of TV images are of preachers healing people and doing charismatic things. And some of that I’m sure is really real. But I don’t believe that’s the focus of power in the scriptures.
How do we get and exhibit power in our life?
It’s very simple to say, like a lot of things. But it’s very difficult to incorporate into your life. Because the challenging thing about power is that we don’t have it. God has all the power in the universe. And he came earth to exhibit his power.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
His power comes through weakness because it comes from God to those of us who are followers of Christ who are on a journey to submit to Him and bring out the truth of the Lord’s prayer.
And as we grow as leaders and as followers of Christ, we learn the secret of submitting and letting him work through us.
How does this power come to us?
Power comes from God and is exercised through our weakness. The world around us needs followers of Jesus who are humbly empowered by and through the love of God. It is our job to influence those around us with His power, for the good of the world we live in and for all eternity.
Do not make the mistake that this power is ours and comes from us. It is His power alone. He wants to exhibit His power through everyone who believes in Him.
But He will only do that to those who are endeavoring to live out the Lord’s prayer…”your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Give Him the praise and honor he deserves.
Consider the following quotes from scripture as you ponder these thoughts further.
Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.’
And this was his message: ‘After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.’
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
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.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.