Reflecting God’s Power

Power is a popular and highly sought-after commodity in our culture. Politicians seek it, businessmen seek it, some people seek it over others. Dictators seek it. Some spouses seek it. And many find ways to wield it. Power gained by selfish means, or for harmful purposes is not power. It is simply control of others. Control born of intimidation, coercion, force.

Worldly power and the power of God are mutually exclusive. God’s power is the antithesis of worldly power. God’s power comes from our willingness to surrender our wills to God. Our willingness to exchange our desire to lead for our willingness to follow Jesus in surrender and obedience.

How can we be empowered by God? Certainly not by developing some sophisticated, self-made faith. It doesn’t require a sophisticated faith to make a huge impact in our sphere of influence. Rather it is a life that maintains a singular focus on Jesus that creates the biggest impact. Without that focus, and without God’s power, our lives become worthless to God.

But if we become empowered by the power of God, and not some worldly self-acquired power, we have no earthly idea what God is capable of doing in us and through us if we are totally 100 percent committed and submitted to him.

“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9

The power of God is exclusively reserved for those who love Him.

Once we commit our lives willingly and completely to God, we can reflect His power in our lives. One of the keys to reflecting God’s power to others is a determination to maintain that singular focus. Our testimony is the message that comes from God. If we master that message in God’s word it will change our lives. We live in a culture that ignores history and dismisses the future and the world is in great peril because of it.

We must also position ourselves to accomplish God’s purpose in our lives. If we will trust Him to do what He says He will do for us and through us, we would eliminate most, if not all, the things we worry about. As we watch the world through “reality” TV lenses, we understand the world’s “reality” causes us to gravitate away from God’s truth and towards the world’s idea of reality, which is nothing like God wants for us.  If you don’t trust Him you will never experience His power.

It’s not about us trying to figure things out in the world. It is about trusting God to keep His promises to us….so that your faith would not rest on men but on the power of God.

In addition to developing that critical singular focus we must also discover the basis of a truly powerful life. As scripture tells us, it is impossible to access God’s power by human capabilities; but it is completely and totally accessible to those who love Him. The only way to access God’s power is through the wisdom provided us by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:12 teaches us, “. . .now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the (Holy) Spirit, who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God.”

So, we receive the instructions for our life by accessing the wisdom of God. And we access that wisdom by giving up all our worldly intentions, and our worldly wisdom and being completely surrendered to God and the Holy Spirit. Then we can access the wisdom of God. Then we can reflect the power of God. Then we can impact the world around us in the ways God intended for us.

Do you really trust Him? Do you believe He will do what He says He will do?
Sometimes it’s a good idea for us to stop and ponder those questions as we evaluate our impact on our world. Are we impacting the world with God’s wisdom? Or are we gravitating more towards the world and its concept of power and wisdom?

A message by Gearl Spicer, Senior Pastor at One Heart Church in Duluth, Georgia was the inspiration for this blog post.

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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6 Responses to Reflecting God’s Power

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    Thank you, Lyn. I always appreciate your encouragement. God bless you.

  2. If we are not experiencing God’s power on a daily basis, we are not where we should be in our relationship with our heavenly Father. If we are not experiencing God’s wisdom as we talk with unsaved friends and family, we are not being lead of Holy Spirit.

    We need to assess our day each evening, asking if we have used all that God supplied. God’s provision for His blood-bought, adopted children is limitless. The only limit is the one we place on ourselves.

    We serve an amazing God!

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Amen. And thanks for the encouragement. Sorry this reply is so late. I missed a bunch of these for some reason. I think I was having filter problems. Thanks.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Paul knew the power of God “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye  has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God  has prepared for them that love him. But God  has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who  has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1Corinthians 2.
    May we too, experience the power of God by His Spirit, in our personal lives, ministry and witness, that His Name be ever glorified.

  4. Lyn Leahz says:

    Great post brother Steve! God bless you! I enjoyed it!

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