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Living with Power When You Feel Weak

Living With Power

Power is a loaded word that can bring many different thoughts to mind. Maybe you think of a superhero with incredible strength and ability or a huge machine hard at work. Maybe you think of a lightning bolt illuminating the night sky or the simple flip of a switch that eliminates darkness. The word may bring to mind an influential person or makes you think of God. Or perhaps your life feels like a musical, and the 90’s song lyrics “I’ve Got the Power” has been playing in your mind since I mentioned the word.  

Not many of us think of ourselves when we hear the word power. Instead, we feel tired, worn out, and overwhelmed. Our days are filled with cups of coffee and sighs of discontentment as we reach for a feeling of control over our families, jobs, and nation to no avail.  

In a way, it’s as though we have given up and thrown in the towel as the illusion of control plays out in our day to day. Certainly power is not a word that describes us. 

The truth is, as a believer in Jesus Christ, God’s powerful Holy Spirit lives in you. You actually have access to His great power. 

Acts 1:8 says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  

Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Up until the point of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was not something that was constantly given to a Christ follower. The Holy Spirit would come and then leave again. This new truth that the Holy Spirit would constantly DWELL in each believer was a game changer on all levels. God was about to place His powerful Holy Spirit in His people. No more needing to cast lots or grasp for guidance. The counselor Himself would reside IN us and be readily available to us. That is the reality we get to live in.

“The Gospel is the power of God’s salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). The Holy Spirit lives in us and powerfully changes our life. He gives us strength when we are weak (2 Cor. 12:9). That truth should change the way we live and the way we go about life.

God’s power is there, but do we regularly choose to live in His power? Do we pray with conviction over our families, circumstances, and over the nation? Do we really believe that God has the ability to fix the brokenness, not only on the outside but on the inside of our hearts as well? Do we claim truth and really believe it? Or are we quick to buy into the lie that we are powerless?

As followers of Jesus we are more than conquerors through him who loves us (Rom 8:37). Begin to believe God’s truth in every part of who you are, in every interaction you have, and in every prayer you utter. As you begin to see the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, you will grow in faith and trust. Your depth and character will deepen. You will be an unstoppable force for His Kingdom.

Be reminded today that there is power in the name of Jesus. There is life-changing power inside of you because of Him (Eph 3:20). Let’s choose to rely on the power of God in the way we live our lives today.  

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God's Beauty Regimen

Women love beauty! Beauty is important to us as we decorate our surroundings and adorn our faces. It seems hard wired into us. Somehow beauty makes us feel valued, wanted, and even powerful.

I don’t believe our desire for beauty is a bad thing. A truly beautiful woman is meant to display the attractiveness and desirability of the Gospel, and in turn men should be able to illustrate its power and strength to change lives.

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When You Wonder Where God Is In Your Suffering: Proverbs 31

We were heading home when the nurse called with news for my husband, Patrick. I was driving when he answered his cellphone. It was a quick exchange, but when I glanced over at him writing on a scrap of paper, I could see the word “cancer.”

It’s true that hearing the “C” word is like being punched in the stomach. I wanted to throw up. We both sat in silence.

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"Before You Press Send": Proverbs 31

It was a mean email. The woman had fussed at me up and down, made untrue accusations, questioned my spirituality, and then threw a little Jesus on it.

So, what did I do? I typed an email response that fussed at her fussing at me, defended myself left and right, and threw a little Jesus on it. Then … I deleted what I had written and never sent a reply.

A few days later, I received a second email from the woman, apologizing; she had been having a bad day.

Oh, how I love the “delete” button.

Social media is rife with unkind comments, vicious venting and vengeful vindictiveness. Fiery tweets spawn heated replies; opinionated posts provoke resentful retaliation. I’m convinced people type what they would never say face-to-face. How many times have I clicked “send” then wanted to climb into my computer and get the words back? How many times have you?

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Why 2020 Fatigue Might Be a Good Thing

A few weeks ago, I drove to the park and wept in my car.

Because, 2020.

I’m guessing you can relate. Maybe you’ve had your own moments of hiding in your closet or spending alone time in your car. Perhaps the stress of this year is wearing on you, too.

I’ll admit, the last 6 months have been a bit much. My aunt died, most of my family got Covid-19, I lost a friend to cancer, my work dwindled, relational conflict ensued while the pandemic had an emotional effect on my chronic illness and PTSD.

In truth, I’ve got a bad case of “2020 Fatigue”. I’m tired of the stress, tired of the mess, tired of waiting for the next shoe to drop. Each new circumstance cues my anxiety like clockwork.

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