Empowered!

Intimacy with Christ empowers us to do what we could never do alone.

With God all things are possible.

What do you think of when you hear the word “empowered”? A super hero? Lightning bolts? The apostles in Acts? Someone you know who boldly preaches the Word and gets results? Jesus?

What if that word could describe you?

Stop for a moment and take a spiritual inventory of this past week. Can you see times when you walked in the Spirit? How do you know He was leading you? What was the condition of your heart at that moment? Were you surrendered to God? Were your eyes fixed on Him, asking Him what to do? Did you have a good quiet time that morning? Did you clean out your heart? Worship Him? Were you humble? Those are all ways to invite the Lord’s empowering in our lives.

But what about the times when you didn’t walk in the Spirit? What did those moments look like? Did you feel stressed out? Weary? Angry? Discouraged? Anxious? Impatient? Did you tear others down? Snap at someone? Force your way without stopping to consider others or God? What part did pride play in your responses?

Obviously none of us are perfect apart from what Christ has done for us. Hebrews 10:14. But what if we could walk in the whole measure of the fullness of Christ? Ephesians 3:19, 4:13. What would that look like?

“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.” Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)

Love is our “superpower.” Romans 8:37. When we open our hearts to let the fullness of Christ’s love cleanse us and transform us, we become pure channels through which His love and power flow out. 1 John 4:19.

Are you running around all day long making decisions large and small based on what you think is best? Stop, and return to the basics: Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 (NIV). Surrender every thought, decision and action over to the One Who loves you and empowers you to do all things through His strength and in His way. Proverbs 3:5-7, Philippians 4:13.

It’s as if Jesus is standing before you now, saying, “I don’t want your actions to just be reactions. I want them to be ME-actions.” John 14:15.

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