Focus: Yours is the power
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV) Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Not only does God Our Father have the right to rule His kingdom, but He also possesses the holy power to rule His kingdom. The act of recognizing Our Father through faith, as the One who possesses holy power, is in essence, praise.
Picture a door in your mind. Imagine God, the source of all holy power, is on the other side of the door. Now imagine Jesus Christ as the door. He is the only Mediator through Whom we are allowed access to the kingdom and power of God. Possession of the key, comes through the Holy Spirit when we receive salvation, through faith in Jesus Christ. When we ‘recognize and acknowledge’ (which is ‘knowing and saying’) that we believe God is the source of all holy power, we turn the key in the lock, and unleash the power of God. It’s actually faith and praise that turn the key in the lock.
The power of God, belongs to God. It originates with Him. Psalm 62:11 says, “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God.”
A person who is unwilling to recognize God as the source of all holy power and as the One who possesses the power to perform all things good, deserves nothing from God. The power of God is able to work in us and through us…but it belongs to God. God can give us power, but even when we receive power from God through the Holy Spirit, it still belongs to God. His power comes to us and we are ‘carriers’ of that holy power.
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There is a beautiful prayer in Ephesians chapter three, verses 14 through 19.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Acts 1:8 says, “…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 ends of the earth.”
The power we have as Christians is ‘licensed’. Divine power doesn’t originate in us, it is placed in us by God. We have no holy power of our own, it is only by God working in us and through us that we become empowered.
Philippians 2:13 says, “…It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.”
James 1:16-17 tells us, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Jesus said in John 15:5-8, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in Me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
When we stay connected to the Lord, we are partakers of many things. Apart from God, we are nothing—but with Him, we can do all things because of His strength, power, and love.
Remembering that God is all-powerful and that we are nothing is one of the hallmarks of our faith. God’s power will keep us from failure as we choose to put all of our confidence in Him and not in ourselves
Declaration: I will find new strength by recognizing and acknowledging that God is the source of all holy power. By staying connected to Him, He will always lovingly provide for me and keep me in His care.
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