This week we will be reading and discussing Chapter 6 from Priscilla Shirer’s God Is Able.
“…according to the power that works within us…”
Power…hmmm, what do you think of when you hear this word? Here with this “prison doxology” we look on Paul as he’s singing and worshiping. In one of his lowest times he talks about this power that is in us. Really Paul, did you feel powerful? In rising above what could only be the worst of human conditions, the power Paul finds is the ability to see that God was in control. Now that’s turbo power!
The human idea of power sounds big and loud and looks like it has control. In this example the power we see is in the heart of the apostle, in his faith to believe from a place where his human abilities were insufficient for the day, yet his spirit exhibited great power. Let’s think about the power that works within us. Like a light switch, we all know that the electricity is there but unless we actually flip that switch into the on position, it goes unused. A lot of Christians are living a very unfulfilling life because they haven’t stopped to turn to Him, to learn of who He is and of His power. They just don’t know what potential lies ahead, what possibilities are waiting to be explored.
As Priscilla writes, “the more we ‘walk by the Spirit’ (Gal. 5:16-25), refusing to gratify and yield to the flesh, His power and influence continues to grow and mature in us. As a result, we see more and more of the Spirit’s power start to ‘work’ in our lives.”
- What is your idea of power?
- Are you seeing any evidence of God’s power working in or though your life?
- Where would you like to see that power work?