For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16
Since time began, human beings have been fascinated with power. What makes some people stronger than others? And what is strength? Is it muscular, physical strength, or inner fortitude that makes one truly strong? In countless stories, legends and myths we have strength represented through gods and goddesses, later secularized into super human beings who have received special powers from sources beyond our earthly realm. Marvel comic books set the stage with Superman, Batman and others, and now through the magic of special effects, film has brought these comic book characters to “life.” We’ve even got our super powers fighting each other now. Any way we can play it, these movies are the popular blockbuster variety that seem to always guarantee large crowds at the theater.
Why are we so taken with power? Because to a large extent, we feel powerless. We are mortal, and our strength is greatly limited. We feel limited by the power of nature, by the power of disease, and by what the Bible calls the power of sin. We seem incapable of keeping ourselves from doing the wrong things. We can so easily become consumed with anger, fear, resentment, bitterness, and blame. And yet, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). That’s power to change.
The Bible, from cover to cover basically talks about three types of power as it relates to us. First there is the power to save us, secondly, there is the power to change us, and finally, there is the power to raise us from the dead to live with God forever. Given the fact that most of us are saved and looking forward to being raised with Christ, we are concerned mostly with the day-to-day power to change. The power to change is where we live. It’s what we need on a continuous basis.
How about you? Are you happy with your attitude? Are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) all ruling in your heart? What are your thoughts towards others? Are you forgiving or are you judging? The way you get this power is to step into it. Act as if you have it and you will find that you do.
So if you are a Christian, and you are living with anger, fear, resentment, bitterness and blame, that’s because that’s the way you want it. You are consciously choosing all these attitudes to live by. The opposite attitudes — the fruits of the Spirit — are also all available to us by faith. We can drop one and pick up the other. It’s really that easy, because Christ is in us, giving us power to change, but we must choose it. God doesn’t do everything for us. He always leaves us a choice. So what will it be for you today?
When in the moment you need it right away
Act as you have it; you’ll be surprised today
You will discover you had it all along
‘Cause you’re a partaker of the One who is strong
Live in the power He has supplied to you
Live it each hour — it’s all there for you
By knowing the God of truth
from the song, “Live in the Power” by John Fischer