by Pastor Tim Burt
Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power..."
I’m sure that you, like me, have read many inspirational stories over the years. The children of this generation are told stories all the time followed by the words “You can do anything if you put your mind to it.” I like that people are inspired. It’s better than being told “You are good for nothing and you won’t amount to anything.” Positive and encouraging words spoken over others is something God's word encourages us to do but, those words are meant to be rooted in the promise of the Holy Spirit working in us and helping us reach our dreams. That is where the power to overcome comes from! To think we can do anything that is significant in His eyes without His guidance and direction and help is futile thinking.
Any power within us is only the power of God.
Before you give your life to Jesus Christ, God’s Word makes it clear that you are stuck in Satan’s grip and power. No one wants to hear that. You might think, “How could that be possible? I’m not under Satan’s power.” I remember thinking that when someone was sharing Jesus with me before I gave my life to Him. God’s Word makes it clear that when we receive Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior – we change kingdoms and are rescued from Satan’s power and brought under and given God’s power. Col. 1:13 says, “God who has delivered us from Satan’s power - the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son Jesus..” Acts 1:8 then says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…”
If you want to see a world that is under Satan’s power but does not recognize it, go watch the movie-documentary “Super Size Me.” If you were to look into stats on the amount of money gambled and lost, the amount of money spent on alcohol and recreational drugs and the addictions and the problems and deaths they’ve caused, if you will look into the amount of money spent on cigarettes and the health issues and deaths they have caused, if you will look into the amount of money it takes police to catch, prosecute, and jail or imprison criminals, or the amount of money spent on our military to defend our country from enemies, you will find that we squander, waste, and spend the majority of the world’s wealth - literally trillions on evil or the protection from it. Surely this world is under Satan’s grip and his power. People don’t have the power do to do anything they want. They don’t even have the power to stop evil thinking and actions in their lives without the power of Jesus.
To most people the thought of power is more of a fantasy or a game, but not something they really give all that much thought to. God wanted us to not only know of His power but to experience it at the most base level of our lives – the power to make sound godly moment-by-moment decisions with the courage and strength to carry them out. Remember that the next time you begin something as simple as a diet! Forget what you've been taught by television and movies when you think of power.
Instead, think of it as the supernatural and inward strength of God working within you to actually live godly and upright in thought and actions in a world of corruption and evil. Think of it as the power bringing you courage and boldness to stand up for your faith in God and what you believe. Think of it as the supernatural power of God working behind the scenes to work through your prayers and to guide your steps and life. Think of it as strength from God to say "yes" to right choices and "no"to temptations!
"Behold, I give unto you power..."If you are a believer, God has made His power available to you. If you walk in faith believing in it because you know God promises it to you, then it becomes tangible to you. To be inspired is good, but motivation can be a flash in the pan - quick in coming and quick in departing. Faith in God's power working within you should become the core of your belief system and a blessing and strength that you draw from day in and day out!
2 Peter 1:4 “And by that same mighty power, God has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in His divine nature.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt