“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.”
Feeling powerless? We’ve been there, and may be there today. The gradually increasing weariness has spent our energy. The huge challenge intimidates like an unmovable mountain. The future is in a fog, with no clear “next step.”
The Apostle Paul, who longed to know the power of Christ’s resurrection (Philippians 3:10), also prayed for believers in Ephesus that they may know the exceeding greatness of Christ’s power. Paul placed four “power morals” in this passage—set like jewels in a crown—to give us…faith.
When the Father raised Jesus from the dead, the power (dunamis) was the dynamic power of a miracle and a supernatural ability. The earth quaked, a huge stone rolled away, and a disfigured body was completely restored to life. That’s power!
Paul came to rely solely upon this power in his service for the Lord. He chose to boast about his weakness so that Christ’s power could more fully work in him and through him.
God’s power gives us the ability to do what we cannot do alone, to overcome what we have failed to conquer, to face what seems insurmountable, to go beyond the limits of the possible. Just as Jesus trusted His Father to bring Him through death, we can also trust God to act in His ability to bring us through our powerlessness.
Lord, I need the same power by which You raised Jesus Christ from the dead in my life. I believe I am made able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Today, I am going to depend upon You to admit my weakness, face the challenges, and take the next step. Also, I receive Your ability today to help my neighbor, friend or stranger in their powerlessness. In Jesus’ name AMEN.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27,
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beats the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
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