God wants things here to be like they are in heaven. Really. He is serious. That is what He has in mind for us.
May I tap into that power. Now.
Some times, ok, many times, I need to be reminded to fan the flame. So the reminder comes. It is now. The Spirit of God gives us power. This is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Why be timid? No reason at all.
I just need to fan the flame. The Spirit is in me. It is in us. No need to be timid at all.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:6 TNIV Bible
How little time the average Christian spends in prayer! We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little…the power of God is lacking in our lives and in our work. We have not because we ask not.
Samuel Chadwick writes:
The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.”
What does our God delight in? He delights in impossibilities. What does God say? Nothing is anything too difficult for me.
Nothing is too hard for God. Nothing is impossible to Him.
We know God and He delights in impossibilities. He always asks “Is anything too hard for me?”
That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus the Messiah, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
All this energy issues from the Messiah: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, the Messiah rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence. Ephesians 1:19-23 The Message (MSG)
Jesus challenges us to make disciples of everyone in the world. Will we today?
“If you leave people as you found them God is not speaking by you.” Smith Wigglesworth
The power of God comes like a mighty locomotive. The rails it travels on are our prayers.We were created to have conversations with God. He wants us to connect with Him constantly. We wants to give us direction. That is how we tap into His power.
“Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.”
It just keeps rolling on. Over and over again. His grace. His peace. Multiplying infinitely and never stopping. This happens as I deepen my experience with God and Jesus. This is what I want to experience in a life of pleasing God. My relationship with Him should be personal and intimate. We should be friends. Jesus has given me a ticket to participate in the life of God. I have turned my back on a corrupt world.
May I see His amazingly divine POWER!!!
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:2-4
- Already All Ready (revelation217.com)
- Knowledge From Above! (daghewardmillsblog.wordpress.com)
- What do you see? 2 Peter 2:9-12 (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Divine Grace that saves…an action of God that offers even more “after Salvation” (ptl2010.com)
- Bible Verses Inspiration- A Ransom Paid – Grace, Grace and More Grace (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
And you give me your power. You don’t keep it to yourself. You could, but you don’t. How amazing is that. You are with us. Nothing is impossible for you.
May I praise you at every turn.
You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary;
the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Praise be to God! Psalm 68:35
Annie Dillard has one of the best quotes on church. She is an unbeliever as best I can tell. She knows, however, that if you believe in GOD you better be prepared for who GOD is. He is explosive in His ability and desire to do what we all think can’t be done. So why don’t churches, for the most part, act that way?
Do you have your crash helmet on? Are you ready to be lashed to your pew?
Why do people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? … Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping GOD may wake someday and take offense, or the waking GOD may draw us to where we can never return.
It is all about love!! May our Father’s HOLY Spirit bring more love!!! How powerful is that?
“The Pentecostal power, when you sum it all up, is just more of God’s love. If it does not bring more love, it is simply a counterfeit.”
—– William J. Seymour (quoted in “Apostolic Faith”)
I don’t have to be timid or shy. Fear can’t grip my heart. He has given me His HOLY Spirit. The Spirit gives me power that I have never known. I can be bold.
I have His love drenching my heart and soul. With His sensible care I persevere. His love is a gift to me.
The discipline He brings into my life makes a difference. I can focus on His daily direction. I can move according to His long range goals for me. That direction and focus drives out all fear.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Here is a really amazing thing about our heavenly Father. He spoke to us directly through His Son Jesus. Just reading what He said blows me away some days. He still does it today. Through His HOLY Spirit, the words come alive.
And, it was through Jesus that God created the whole world in the beginning. And because of what Jesus did, the world and all that is in it, will belong to Jesus at the end. He truly is the beginning and the end.
So … this is stunning as well. Jesus perfectly mirrors our heavenly Father. He is stamped with God’s complete nature. He is so powerful that He holds everything in the entire universe together by what He says. How powerful is that?
“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” ~~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sometimes we think of God as we think of ourselves. Big mistake. He is God but His emotions aren’t like ours are. He is more powerful than we can imagine. He can do anything He wants to. His power, however, is a VERY patient power.
If we think because He is patient, we can “get away with things”, we better think again. His patience is shown to us so we will change our minds about missing His goal for our lives and accept Jesus as the answer.
But God doesn’t lose his temper. He’s powerful, but it’s a patient power. Still, no one gets by with anything. ~~Nahum 1:3
Jesus told them they had to wait. He didn’t have to. He could have given them the Spirit of God right then and there. But He wanted them to wait. And so they did. And they received the Spirit of God and the power that goes with Him.
He didn’t leave them hanging though. He promised the Spirit would come soon. And He did.
We live in a world where we want everything, and I mean everything, now. We don’t like to wait. Patience is not seen as a virtue.
Here is a clue. God is in control. In His government, He isn’t in a hurry. Sometimes he wants us to wait. Our job is to obey.
As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.” Acts 1:1-5
I can’t say, as Paul did, that I have learned to be completely content and happy. But I am learning and I want to mature in this area. The secret is to live in His strength and power. When I seek His desire, I have confidence that He will strenghten me. That is happening. When I wander off on my own, oh boy, I can never be glad in God and happy.
The other area that helps me be happy is knowing who I am in Him. I am fully redeemed and His child. Knowing that strengthens me. Whoo Hoo!!!
I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am …. I have learned the secret of …. both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13
There is a time to think long and hard. That of course would be about what God has created. Just think about it. Think about it long and hard. It is amazing. The raw power of it all. Imagine, then think, about what it took to create all that we enjoy and take for granted everyday. Come on, think about it. NOW, think about it some more.
And, how mysterious is it that God could do all of this. We can’t imagine it. It is beyond us. And, that God, lives in side of us. He can do anything in His Country. He is the President of it all.
By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. Romans 1
This is both prophecy about Jesus and also a message to us as God’s children. Our God is a living, today kind of God. What is His message to us today. See today like you would your birthday. Today is a day of celebration. What gift do we want from our Heavenly Dad? He will give us anything. Nations? Continents? Dancing in the street?
I also think this is in the physical as well as spiritual world. He has promised it is all ours. Supernatural courage and His powerful Spirit make it so.
Let me tell you what God said next. He said, “You’re my son, And today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? continents as a
prize? You can command them all to dance for you, Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.” Psalms 2:7-9
May I seek and ask for His power today. What gift do I want from my Heavenly Dad? May I live like today is my birthday in Him.
“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.”
—–Reuben Archer Torrey
“‘For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.’
1 Cor. 4:20 NKJV
“It is abnormal for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible. It has been written into our spiritual DNA to hunger for the impossibilities around us to bow at the name of Jesus.
The lack of miracles isn’t because it is not in God’s will for us. The problem exists between our ears. As a result, a transformation, a renewing of the mind, is needed, and it’s only possible through a work of the Holy Spirit that typically comes upon desperate people.
Stories of the impossible are becoming the norm, and the company of people who have joined this quest for an authentic gospel, the gospel of the Kingdom, is increasing. Loving God and His people is an honor. We will no longer make up excuses for powerlessness because powerlessness is inexcusable. Our mandate is simple: raise up a generation that can openly display the raw power of God.”
Excerpts from When Heaven Invades Earth chapter 1
by Bill Johnson
How do we get things done in God’s world? What makes the difference? Does it happen if we are just strong and force our way through life?
Not in God’s world. It happens by His spirit. The victory belongs to Him no matter how much we plan and get ready. That is the lesson of Jesus. He just did what He saw His Father doing. Sometimes I get confused thinking I should be able to do it all by myself and then get the credit.
May I know in the depths of my heart that it is God who is the source of accomplishments.
He said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6
The Religious leaders of Jesus day were always trying to trip him up with trivial religious questions. You would have thought they would have known better or at least learned not to try because it always backfired on them.
Jesus answers are important for us though. We live in a religious culture and easily fall into the same traps. The trap is thinking we know God because we are religious, go to church, pray before meals, etc.
Two things are essential to not falling into error. The first is really knowing the scripture. Having God’s word in our hearts. The second is having the power of God in our life.
So …. after answering a number of their questions, “no one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
“You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” ~~Jesus (Matthew 22:29)
Should I pray for an easier life OR
to continue becoming a stronger man?
I will pray for powers equal to my tasks.
I am amazed that power does come to me that exceed the challenges of my life.
I could have sought tasks equal to my powers but . . .
that is not the path of strength.
that is not the path of courage.
that is not the path of hope.
Much better to pray for powers equal to my tasks.
I am amazed at the beauty of my world . . .
at the richness of my life
at the love I know daily.
I am overwhelmed with the friends who care for me . . .
who appreciate me
who challenge me
who accept me.
I am thankful for my family . . .
who knows me and loves me.
cares for and appreciates me.
Everyday I do wonder at myself and
the richness of my life that has come to me
by the grace of God!
How often do I keep quiet when I should say what I believe? If we believe in a God so powerful that He raised Jesus from the dead, what should we say in any given circumstance? Really, what should we say about our belief?
Well, if we believe that nothing is impossible with God we can’t be quiet. We have to say the truth no matter how “bad” things look. God is God. He wants to deliver. We must have faith and believe. If we do, he will.
We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! 2 Corinthians 4:13-15
A river like you!! Oh my heavenly Father. Your love runs so deep and true in my life. A waterfall falling in two. A river like you. Amazing and so powerful. So deep. Running through my soul.