"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)
Are you like me, prone to limp instead of walk, in your faith? We often forget our enemy battles every step we take and leaves us feeling like the steps of faith we take aren't useful for The Kingdom and if we're lucky, we'll just make it to heaven. I was reminded this week that the truth is the jury isn't out on us and we are not just barely a part of God's family.
Take a minute to read Ephesians 1. Here are some truths from verses 3-5: we've been blessed with every spiritual blessing, God chose us and loved us before the world began, we're holy, without fault in His eyes and we have been adopted into His family! Verse 13 tells us when we believed in Jesus Christ we were given the Holy Spirit. Now, catch the verses 18-20 and what it means to have The Holy Spirit. We have been given a confident hope and an incredibly great power. We have the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.
Friends, when the Holy Spirt comes into our lives, which God promises to those who believe in Jesus Christ, you and I have power we seldom access. I've been reading through Acts and have been impressed with Peter's transformation upon receiving the Holy Spirit. Peter went from fearing little servant girls who accused him of being associated with Christ at the end of Matthew 26 to boldly standing before the council of rulers, elders and teachers in Acts 4, after spending the night in jail. The men on this council were the religious elite. Peter had no doubt been taught to respect these men and pay attention to every thing they said. In fact, this was the same council that had sentenced Jesus to death, yet Peter stood before them without apology, claiming he would not stop talking about Jesus Christ being raised from the dead!
This transformation in Peter occurred through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He had the power! You and I do, too. So, the next time our enemy whispers that you're not good enough or asks who do you think you are to try and share the love of Christ with someone...remember who you are! You are a child of The King, adopted into His family, blessed with every spiritual blessing. It is not just for pastors or church leaders. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in every single believer. When we face struggles in our lives or in the lives of those around us, let's remember this power in us. If we pray or speak truth into tough circumstances, we should expect God to respond. For we know we are praying and speaking with the same mighty power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead!