THE POWER OF GOD
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. —I Corinthians 4:20
Talk, talk, talk… There is so much talk put no power. But when the power of God is truly present there will be a changed life—- thoughts, words and deeds. There will be a changed focus away from the worldly and toward the heavenly. More concern will be for the eternal and not on the temporal. There will be a desire for the lost to be saved and the saved to be sanctified. Love for God and love for people will be evident. So are you living by the power of God? Is the local church you are attending existing in the power of God? Where is the evidence that this is surely the case?
“Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:17-19).
The power of God was surely evident in Paul’s life by his words and deeds which came out of the thoughts of his inner man. “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance” (Romans 6:17). And Paul was surely aligned with that pattern of teaching that renewed and was renewing his mind (Romans 12:2). This should be true of every follower of Jesus Christ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9_0jiO5ZRM
Dear Father, may I live a life not filled with talk, talk, talk and not power. But, may I live according to the power of Your Holy Spirit in the authority of Jesus my Lord. May it be so!