" I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through
His spirit in your inner being." (NIV)
Power. From the moment of birth we struggle to gain or maintain power. It is the human condition to want to be in control. The tiniest baby makes a lot of noise to let all who are within hearing distance know when something is not right. And, with behavior modifications as we grow older, we continue to do the same thing until we leave this earth. But, truth be known, we are powerless against all forces of nature, against having our feelings hurt, or against scraping our knee on the playground. We humans do not have power; but, we can be conduits of power beyond our comprehension.
Step One in all twelve-step programs reads something like this: We admitted we were powerless over
(alcohol, drugs,food addiction,other people... you fill in the blank) - that our lives had become unmanageable.
The four books of the Bible - Galations, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians - were written by the apostle Paul, and are known as the power books. They are THE books to study in order to get to know who you are in Christ. By reading, studying, and prayerfully applying the lessons in these books, we can truly obtain power - through Christ Jesus. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13 NIV) If you want power, tap into Jesus! With Him, there is never a power outage. God's power is just like His love. It reaches every corner, every height, every depth; it is full. Immeasurable. Never-ending.
This is an old anagram, used by Bible students to remember the order of these four books. This anagram also points to God's power:
Have you ever heard a powerful speaker? Maybe on television or radio. Or maybe you were blessed enough to experience this speaker in a live show. Someone who spoke with such authority that you were moved and motivated...Perhaps the speech changed your way of thinking. Or changed your life. Words can be very motivating and persuasive. Powerful.
But remember, the real power is in the story, not the storyteller. Do not thnk that you can not be a witness for Christ because you don't speak with a booming voice, or don't know proper English, or can't recite fancy prayers. There is someone out there who needs to hear about God's love - told exactly your way.
The power is in the story, not the storyteller.