Tag Archives: Power

The Eyes of God

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV)

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

Isn’t it wonderful that the eyes of God see everything?  He is aware of all of our difficulties; from the biggest to the smallest.  God is looking for His people so that He can show Himself strong.  Stay faithful and committed to God.  He alone has the power to deliver us from our problems.

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Unshakable Faith

Mark 11:22-24 (KJV)

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Are you facing impossible demands today? Jesus said that if we have faith in God, nothing will be impossible for us. Prayer backed by an unshakable confidence in the power of God can make what is humanely impossible, possible.

Giants Do Fall

1 Samuel 17:45 (KJV)

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

By faith, David boldly approached Goliath armed with only his shepherd’s staff, sling and five smooth stones.  God enabled David to defeat the Philistine giant with just one shot.

When the giants (problems and obstacles) of life start to overwhelm you, remember that through the power of God, giants do fall.

A Higher Point of View

Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

My business unit recently moved into a new building because we needed more space.  The views from the new building are spectacular.  From the higher floors, you can see the towering office buildings of the town center in one direction and breathtaking mountain ranges in the other.  One day as I was enjoying the views, it dawned on me that the higher you are, the more you can see the big picture.  In the same way, the more we turn our hearts to God and seek His wisdom, the more we can see the circumstances of our lives from heaven’s perspective.

Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, the ways of the Lord are higher than our ways.  God has a plan for our lives that’s bigger than anything we can think or imagine.  We can trust in God’s providence and have confidence that God is working out the details of our lives for our good (Romans 8:28, NIV).  God’s Word will not return to Him void and will produce fruit in our lives when we place our trust in Him.

The Bread of Angels

Coriander seed

Exodus 16:31 (NIV)

The people of Israel called the bread manna.  It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

Psalm 78:21-25 (NIV)

When the LORD heard them, he was very angry; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.  Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.  Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt hopeless?  Perhaps your only car broke down and you had no money to fix it or buy another.  Or maybe you were laid off from your job and your family depended on your income for survival.  I could go on and on to describe situations such as these where the circumstances of our lives could seem desperate.  Thanks be to God that He holds all power in His hand.

While wandering in the wilderness, I believe that the people of Israel also felt this sense of desperation.  Think about it for a minute.  What would it feel like to wander in a wilderness place?  I can imagine feeling lost and longing for what is familiar.  I can also imagine that I would wonder how I would survive.  In His divine goodness, God miraculously provided the Israelites with food for forty years.  The Israelites called this food manna, which means “what is it?”

Just as manna appeared with the morning dew, God provides us with fresh blessings daily.  God can open the doors of heaven and rain down blessings to provide for our needs.  Indeed, God is so good that he enabled mere men to eat the bread of angels.

In this day and age, “manna” for us may not be food.  Our “manna” could be whatever it is that we are in need of.  God cares for us and desires to take care of our needs.  Nothing is impossible for God and He has no boundaries.  Just as God wonderfully gave manna to the Israelites while they were in the wilderness, when we find ourselves in wilderness places, by faith, we Christians can expect God’s perfect provision to meet our need.

The Abundant Power of God

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Ephesians 3:16-17 NLT

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation

Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

In this life, we will come upon battles that seem to be too strong for us to overcome.  Battles on our job, in our families and in our finances not only hurt us but can sometimes devastate us.  While it may seem like these battles are being fought in the earthly realm, the real influence behind these battles is in the spirit realm.  This is spiritual warfare.  The evil one will use people and circumstances in the natural to fight us in the spiritual.  As we do more for Christ, we can expect the attacks of the enemy to increase.  Similarly, as we get closer to breakthroughs in our lives, the enemy will turn up the heat with his attacks to stop us from fulfilling our potential in the kingdom of God.

We need strength more powerful than our own to fight these spiritual battles.  We can obtain this supernatural strength from the Holy Spirit.  Christ will dwell within us when we exercise faith in Him.  Christ wants to inhabit our spirit and make a home there.  As we live our lives more and more in line with the Word of God, we create an environment within us that Christ can call home.  When Christ abides within us, we are supplied with all the power we need to battle spiritual warfare.

If we look back over our lives, we should find many instances whereby God supplied us with the necessary power to battle spiritual warfare.  Over the time of our lives, we should remember how God has used His power to bless, rescue and heal us.  This same power still works within us today.  By remembering all that God has done for us, we can have a confident expectation for what God’s power can do for us even now and also in the future.

Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine.  What may seem impossible for us to do in our power is possible in God’s power.  There are no limits on what God can do in our lives.  Knowing this, we should have an attitude of great expectation for what God can do in our lives.

God’s supply is limitless.  All of the prayers of the saints will not dry out God’s supply of grace.  We can continue to ask God for His strength and help because His supply has no boundaries.  This power that God supplies within us is sufficient for us to win the spiritual battle.  If we strive to create a holy temple for God within ourselves, God will dwell within us and provide us with inner strength that is more than enough to conquer all that the evil one plans against us.

Tap into the Power of Prayer

Angel Praying

James 5:16 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

If you are like most people, it may seem like there is never enough time to do all of the things we need to do.  Just thinking about all of the things we don’t have time to do can give us a headache and make us sick.  However, there are some things that, if we are to live successfully, we must make time to do.  On the top of that to do list should be prayer.

It is in prayer that we communicate with God and can share all of our concerns and feelings with Him.  I believe that God desires to not only know what we want but also what we feel.  When the pains and burdens of life begin to weigh us down, we should open up the communication line to God through prayer.  In prayer, God can reassure us, speak to us about our problems and provide us with direction.  Prayer is our lifeline.

When I find myself overwhelmed by the burdens of life, I often stop to think about my prayer life.  I ask myself if I am praying enough.  I ask myself if I have sincerely sought direction from God.  During the rough times, I find that I could usually stand to pray a little more.

James 5:16 tells us that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.  The first thought that comes to my mind is “what does it mean to be righteous?”  One definition of righteous offered by dictionary.com is “acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly person.”  In other words, a righteous person is someone who lives right according to God’s commandments.  Deuteronomy 5:29 tells us that the way for us and our children to live a good life forever is to keep all of God’s commands.  This is what a righteous person strives to do.  From this, we can understand that step one to praying powerful and effective prayers is to live righteously.

Step two for praying powerful and effective prayers is to be persistent in our prayers.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we have to pray without ceasing.  We cannot give up on our prayers.  Even when we may have been praying for a long time for something to manifest in our lives, we must continue to pray until we receive an answer from God.  We must be tenacious in our prayers until God speaks to us about our situation.  There is a saying that I really like that says we should P.U.S.H.  That is we should pray until something happens.  We should never give up on our prayers because there is tremendous power in prayer.

Scripture also tells us that our prayers should be fervent.  This means that we should be intense in our prayers and should pray with passion.  I believe that God wants to hear our honest, sincere and heartfelt prayers.  It is through praying in this manner that we pursue a real relationship with God.  It is awesome to understand that God wants to know us intimately.

Although there is tremendous power in prayer, we should understand that the power in our prayers is not due to our holiness or goodness but is due to the power and grace of God.  It is by God’s grace that our prayers become effective.  Isn’t it good to know that it is not by our strength but by His strength that prayer changes the circumstances in our lives?  If you strive to live righteously, pray persistently and with sincerity and passion, God can do some wonderful things in response to our prayers.