Releasing God’s Power in Your Life 3/20/2018

Pull the Ripcord

Matthew 19:26  But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I surprise myself with how often I doubt the power of God. Most of the time, I don’t even realize that I am relying on my own capabilities rather than His. As human beings, our nature is to zoom in and focus on one specific thing, especially if we are under pressure or stressed. However, you may not realize it, but there are people out there who want to help you get through your circumstances. Most importantly, God is there, waiting for you to call out to Him. As soon as you reach out to Him, He can guide you on the right path to get through your situations.

When I have a dilemma, I like to imagine I am skydiving.  As you all know, it is a dangerous activity and could inflict severe damage if, for some reason, you find yourself without a parachute; but when you have that parachute on, and you have that buffer between you and the ground, it makes the fall back to earth so much more comfortable. The same is true in our daily lives. When we find ourselves on a downward spiral in a situation that seems utterly impossible, it is more difficult on our own, even insurmountable, than if we are wearing our Godly parachute. Here is the catch, you have to be the one to pull the string!

If you have a Godly parachute, yet you never pull the string by asking Him for His guidance, you will miss out on a chance to see God’s power as He works everything out to His glory. From the beginning, the time of Adam and Eve, we have enjoyed free will. Therefore, He will not force it on us, but He is always going to be there waiting for us to come and ask Him for His help. If He has the power to heal the sick, mend the broken hearted, and love unconditionally, then surely He can guide us through our circumstances.

Just because we may feel like our situation is helpless does not mean that we should be hopeless. Philippians 4:13 states that, “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Notice how it clarifies that it is God’s strength and not our own. I would not have gotten through some trials in my life if I hadn’t turned to God and said: “What would you do in this situation?” God has the power to do all things. He created this beautiful planet on which we live, He gave us life, and He constantly reveals His power to us on an everyday basis.

We often overlook the fact that power isn’t always portrayed as a big, strong act of defense or protection. Most of the time, we can see power in our everyday lives as little things, like showing kindness to someone when you are mad or granting forgiveness to someone even when it’s difficult. Anything we act upon in a Godly manner, despite our circumstances, shows our power in Christ to overcome. Acting on the wisdom provided to us may feel uncomfortable because it may be tough to demonstrate kindness or to forgive, but when we do, the trials in our lives will become easier because we are acting as God calls us to in that situation.

I challenge you with this: identify the obstacle in your life, ask God for guidance, strength, and wisdom to overcome. Then act upon it whether it is comfortable for you or not, and watch to see the good that only God’s power could extrapolate from the bad.

~ Jeanie

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