Monday, August 6, 2018

Colossian Words Day 6: Strength/Power

Day 6 ~ Strength/Power

Yesterday we saw that one of the ways we live in a manner worthy of and pleasing to the Lord is to live dependent on His power.
"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience..." Colossians 1:9-11

As we live life based on God's will and the ways of Christ, we will face trying times. We will find at times that the road is not easy. We may even face opposition to our faith and experience suffering. These are all very real possibilities that are laid out throughout the pages of Scripture. Consider this:

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

Struggling is inevitable for Christ followers. Living a life that is worthy of the Lord will require strength we do not possess in and of ourselves. Paul's encouragement is to continually grow in the knowledge of God so that you will be empowered with God's mighty power. Living dependent on God's power produces endurance, patience and joy in us, which Paul holds up as virtues of a godly life and James holds up as virtues of maturity.

It is to this end that Paul labors:
"He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me." Colossians 1:28-29

Paul often reminds us that it is God's power that works in us, enabling us to live for Him:
"My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power." 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

"...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." Philippians 2:12-13

"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms..." Ephesians 1:17-20

"For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.' Colossians 2:12 NLT

I am reminded of the words of a Jeremy Camp song, Same Power:
"The same power that rose Jesus from the grave 
The same power that commands the dead to wake 
Lives in us, lives in us 
The same power that moves mountains when He speaks 
The same power that can calm a raging sea 
Lives in us, lives in us 
He lives in us, lives in us"

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