Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Use The Force

We have power that we need to start using.

Ephesians 3:14-16, 20  When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,  15  the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.  16  I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.

20  Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

So far in our study of the book of Ephesians Paul has been talking about who we are in Christ, some of the things that he has told us includes who we are because of our salvation, he has told us about the "Incredible Power" that we have, and that we should desire to be "Used By God."
Now Paul tells us that he is praying for us to realize that we have been blessed with unlimited resources to do the work that God has given us. It seems that Paul wants us to go beyond having head knowledge about our position in Christ and the power that is available.

"The average person uses one tenth of one percent of his brain. And I would venture to say that the average Christian probably uses one tenth or less of the percentage of the power of God that is available at his disposal"
-John MacArthur
It isn't doing you any good to have a powerful sports car in the driveway if you are not willing to put the key in and crank it up. That's how it is for most Christ followers, we have God's power in our life, the power that created the universe, the power that raised Christ from the dead, is the same power that works in us through the Holy Spirit but we fail to access the power by not turning the key.
We are powerful and protected.
Ephesians 6:10-11  A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  11  Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
What a combo we have! The power and strength of almighty God is on our side and we also have protective armor that God has made available.We definitely have the advantage in the battle but we have to utilize the power and the protection or it's not doing us any good.

The potential power that we have as a child of God is more than we can understand, we just need to plug into the power and get the victory over sin and become more like Jesus. As we progress we will have victory and "sin less," not become "sinless," that won't happen on this side of glory.

Thank you Lord for taking care of me so well. There isn't anything greater than having your power and protective armor to stand firm in the battle and grow more like you.