“One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God,” – Psalms 62:11 (ESV).
As Hurricane Michael tracked across Florida and the Southeast United States, it knocked out power to an estimated 3 million people. Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. Life changes dramatically until the power comes back on.
The Apostle Paul, of course, didn’t have the luxury of waiting for the power company to turn the power back on. He depended on a different power supply. His energy and power were supernatural. Paul operated under the power of the Holy Spirit, relying on Him to power his every action. “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” – Colossians 1:29 (ESV) Paul “toiled” and “struggled” but he was never striving in his strength alone. John Piper said this: “God does not work instead of our working but through our working. God does not energize instead of our having energy; He energizes our energy.”
In his prayer in Ephesians 1:19-21, Paul prays that we might “… understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.”
There are no outages when it comes to God’s power. It is power without limit. It never falls short of accomplishing what God has designed for it. And if that were not enough, this immeasurably great power that lives and abides and pulsates inside the soul of the believer, And that power is on display everywhere. Romans 1:20 reminds us of that fact: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” And we have that power.
Paul reiterates this point in his prayer in Ephesians 3, where he asks that God would”… according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (3:16). Paul concludes this prayer with these famous words: “ Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
The power of God is essential for every facet of Christian living. Experiencing the power of God the Holy Spirit is not an exceptional, rare, or sporadic phenomenon but is intended by God to be the routine, ordinary, daily reality in the life of every believer. This power isn’t merely available to you this week or next year. God intends for you to live in it and draw from it every moment of every day.
- Have you experienced the power of God in you?
- What can we do this week to better tap God’s power supply?