The Power to Change
We go to seminars and conferences looking for a painless cure by which our lives can be zapped and changed. We go on diets. We join gyms and our enthusiasm runs strong for about two weeks. Then we fall back into the same old rut. We don’t change. We read self-help books, but the problem with self-help books is that they tell us what to do but can’t give us the power to do it. We are told things like: ‘Get rid of all your bad habits. Be positive; don’t be negative.’
Where do we get the power to change?
The word ‘power’ occurs fifty-seven times in the New Testament. It is used to describe the most powerful event that ever happened—the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And that resurrection power is available to change your life today.
The most important thing in life is knowing Christ and experiencing the power of His resurrection. Paul writes, ‘I want to know Christ… to know the power of His resurrection…’ (Philippians 3:10 NIV). Again he writes, ‘I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe in Him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…’ (Ephesians 1:19-20 TLB).
The Greek word for ‘power’, which is dunamis, can be translated in two ways:
1) ‘dynamite’, which is an explosive force, or
2) ‘dynamo’, which is a constant flow of power.
And in Christ, you have both. Through Him you can break the chains that bind you and the limits that constrain you, and walk victoriously in His power today.
‘…I will strengthen you and help you…’ Isaiah 41:10 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 34; Deuteronomy 4:29
I sought the Lord & he answered me & delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant & their faces shall never be ashamed. Oh, taste & see that the Lord is good! The young lions suffer want & hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous & his ears toward their cry. When the righteous cry for help the Lord hears & delivers them out of all their troubles! The Lord is near to the brokenhearted & saves the crushed in spirit! You will seek the Lord your God & you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart & with all your soul!
God loves you! He comes to those who seek Him with all their desire! Seek Him today! Never delay!