Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
God gives His power to us…
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 1:18-20 NLT, emphasis mine)
When I first became acquainted with Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church my first impression was Paul was telling the people God would give His power to those who believe in him. Last night while reading and thinking about it again I discovered I was wrong. Instead of giving us His power as a gift Paul was talking about the power God exercised and exercises ON us who believe. It’s not God’s power we get but the “fruit” of His power.
God gave His power to Elijah this way, "Go out and stand before Me on the mountain," the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:11-13 NLT, emphasis mine)
And Isaiah spoke of the power God gives this way, "Look at My Servant, whom I strengthen. He is My Chosen One, who pleases Me. I have put My Spirit upon Him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise His voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle…” (Isaiah 42:1-3 NLT)
Paul wants us to believe in God no matter what happens to us or whatever circumstance life throws at us because when we exercise our belief in God He exerts sufficient power in and on us to endure or calm the mightiest storm. If you want proof just take a long hard look over the past years of your life. I know I’ve looked back on the years of my life.
“May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” **
Grace and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation