The Evidence of this Power in our Daily Life
In a previous study we noted that Christ has endued us with His power so that we can be of service to Him and live the Christian life. Here we will find out how this power works for us in everyday life.
We are made willing by His power
“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” (Psalm 110:3). God enables us to work for Him but first puts within our hearts the desire to do so. Even as believers, if we do not follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we cannot do anything for God. Our duty is to offer ourselves for the service of God and be obedient to what He calls us to do. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). If we are truly led by the Holy Spirit, then we will know God’s will for our lives. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
We are helped by His power
“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). No Christian has the willpower to overcome temptation, sin and problems of everyday life; otherwise there would be no need for the indwelling of the Spirit of God. Jesus lived on this earth for thirty-three years and knows all about what we go through. Every difficulty we face as believers has the potential to cause us to compromise and give up on our faith. When we are tempted to be disloyal to God, or throw in the towel because of the severity of the problem, we need to draw near to Him and He will strengthen and deliver us. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). This grace will empower us to be overcomers. After giving us a long list of things that we might face in the Christian life, the apostle Paul writes, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
We are strengthened by His power
We may think that a task the Lord has called us is too great for us to accomplish. From Moses onwards we find Bible characters who thought they were unable to do what God asked, yet they always fulfilled the calling upon their lives because the Lord empowered them. Along with Paul we can say, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). He knew that he could rely upon Jesus’ power to accomplish what he was called to do, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion” (2 Timothy 4:17). Whatever the Lord has called us to do, He also gives us the power to get the job done.
We are preserved by His power
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12). Paul was ‘persuaded’, that means he had no doubt about God’s promise to preserve those who trust in Him. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). We can assure our hearts that God will keep and protect us no matter what comes our way. Our lives, work and ministry are all in God’s hands, and He gives us the power to keep going when the going gets tough. “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever” (2 Timothy 4:18). This preservation is available to those who have committed, and continue to commit, their lives to the Lord, “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3).
We will be changed by His power
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). We may be unsure about what our future on earth has in store for us, but we do know that our eternal future is secure in Christ. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21). This transforming power will be displayed as soon as we see Him face to face, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
The power of Christ, which enables us to live the Christian life, is sufficient to meet every problem, difficulty, persecution or temptation we face. His power is still available for all who believe because He promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Therefore we can stand in faith regardless of what comes our way, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6).