Just as God’s power came upon Moses (Isa. 63:12), David (1 Sam. 16:3), Elijah (1 Kings 18:46), and others to do His bidding, so He will empower us to serve in ways that make a difference for eternity. Jesus, in promising the Holy Spirit, said that the disciples would be “clothed with power from on high” (Lk. 24:49).
Nothing is too hard for God (Jer. 32:17; Lk. 1:37; 18:27). His power is not just great but incomparably great (Eph. 1:19).
The power with which God created the heavens and the earth, parted the Red Sea, and raised Jesus from the dead is available for the every day moments of our lives, enabling us to serve (Eph. 3:7), to fight spiritual battles (Eph. 6:10), and to witness (Acts 1:8). This power will embolden us (2 Tim. 1:7) and be a source of hope (Rom. 15:13).
Be aware, however, that sometimes the path to experiencing His power is marked by suffering. Paul understood that knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection was coupled with “the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Phil. 3:10-11).
When your ministry is most marked by struggles and obstacles, don’t give up. You are getting closer to knowing the power of His resurrection. Remember, His “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). His grace will be sufficient for you.
God is results-oriented but He is also process-oriented. He will use the hard times to glorify Himself just as much as, if not more than, the obviously miraculous, mountain top experiences. Ephesians 3:16 reminds us not to miss out on some of God’s greatest demonstrations of power — moving the heart of man, changing lives from the inside out, strengthening the inner being, giving hope and peace as you cope and deal with life’s problems. Paul prayed that “out of His glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”
Let’s let God be God … the Almighty One!