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POWER OUTAGE!

We have the obvious dangerous situations that a hurricane brings such as tree's falling, flooding, etc. But one of the biggest concerns for many of us is power outage. Not just for medical needs, our refrigerators and freezers but also for our conveniences! First for me, the air conditioning and ceiling fans! Also phone chargers, television, laptops, etc! We are so inconvenienced that we have to unplug. There is one source that will never have a power outage!


God will never have a power outage. God is the only one that can recharge us! When God begins to live in us, in the form of the Holy Spirit, he gives us a new heart – a regenerated heart. As Christ-followers we have a greater hope because Christ resides in us and we have Divine power. God’s power is available to us because of his Holy Spirit in us.  No matter how ill-equipped we are, we have the assurance that God is able to do more than we ask. Ephesians 3: 20, "To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of..." God does so much more that we ask or dream of! Believe in what God can do!


I think God shows off like this so we will depend on Him. Jesus said that apart from him, we cannot do anything of spiritual value. John 15: 5, "I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me." 2 Corinthians 12: 9, "But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.”


Paul writes about the Holy Spirit’s power in a prayer to the Ephesians in Ephesians 3: 16-20,

"I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love,  so that you, together with all God's people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ's love.  Yes, may you come to know his love—although it can never be fully known—and so be completely filled with the very nature of God.  To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of:


Paul reminds us that it’s through the “eyes of our heart” that we are able to understand how God works in our lives because of our belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ in our heart. When we experience this power we realize the fullness of God's love. Matthew 9: 1-2, 6-8, "Jesus got into a boat and crossed back over to the town where he lived. Some people soon brought to him a crippled man lying on a mat. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, 'My friend, don’t worry! Your sins are forgiven.' So Jesus said to the man, 'Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.'  The man got up and went home.  When the crowds saw this, they were afraid and praised God for giving such authority to people."

The man had been crippled for a lifetime and suddenly, he was totally healed. Amazed, people ran to see what had happened, and who had performed this miracle! They learned that the miracle had taken place through Peter and John's ministry. Peter stressed that it was not them! It was their relationship with God. It was God's power. God had used them as the vessels to release His power. Peter reminded them that this power was the same God had performed for their forefather.


God was proving to everyone that His power was real for all who believe in Him and believe that Jesus is His Son. That same power is available for all who believe, and who have the faith to put that belief into action. God is the source of the power, not any person. This power you are given is the same power God used to heal the crippled man!


In a power outage, the first step is admitting you are powerless!




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