The Gospel is the power of God to save those who believe. By human power alone, truly we never could determine how to obtain eternal life. God meets our needs by giving us the means to know and believe the truth if we study diligently with an honest and open heart. Jesus gave the right (power) to become children of God to those who believe His name. Faith alone, without obedience, does not make one a child of God, but simply gives the power to become a child. The power that makes us children of God is in God’s spiritual need, His Word.
To be purified and born again, we must obey the truth. This includes repenting, confessing, and being baptized. Jesus can give us the uttermost. By human power alone, we could never obtain forgiveness and become children of God, but God has made this power available to us. You can have the power to resist every temptation. People often excuse their sins saying obedience is just too hard. “I just can’t do it! God will just have to understand!” We may even blame God for being too demanding. But I’ve learned that God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. But temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able too bear.
The Lord provides strength and power so that we can stand against the power of Satan. We can quench every one of his fiery darts of temptations. Again, this is not possible by human power. Perhaps, Satan can defeat us if we face him alone, but we can succeed by the power of God’s armor. You can have the power to endure suffering and hardship. Often hardship, grief, sickness, and persecution tempt us to quit serving God. We think, “What’s the use”? In Corinthians 1:3-10 states, Paul suffered beyond power such that he despaired even of life. Someone may ask, “Doesn’t that prove there are temptations that are beyond our power”? Yes, perhaps we may face temptations beyond our power, but not beyond God’s power.
We should learn to trust God fully. NO suffering or hardship of any kind can separate us from God’s love. We are more than conquerors! We can defeat them all if we are on God’s side. Nowhere does God say He will remove all our problems. Rather, He promises we can endure, remain faithful, and receive eternal life despite our problems. You can have the power to serve others, but discouragement comes when we try to help others and we see no positive results. We may describe to quit trying, thinking, “It just do us any good.” God can supply all our needs, so we can abound in every good work and increase the fruits of righteousness.
Jesus is like the vine that supplies the needs of the branches. Apart from Him, acting by human power alone, we can do nothing. But in Him, we can bear much fruit. There is no need for Christians to live barren, unfruitful lives. We can accomplish much good for God if we will make use of His power. God can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we ask or think according to His power that works (Ephesians 3:20). Nowhere does the Bible teach that it is impossible for a child of God to fall from grace. It teaches that it is not necessary for us to fall. Further, the scriptures in the Bible are involved in every area in which we need power, they are the basis of knowledge and faith, and they tell us how to overcome temptation and comfort us in the time of trouble.
There is power in God’s armor, but we are to take it on with prayer. We should make our requests known so God can supply what we need to serve Him. There is no need to bear our burdens alone. We can give them to God. But again, there are conditions. We must use the privilege of prayer. Too many of us are like a man with a powerful automobile who instead of getting in and turning on the engine, stand behind the car pushing it. He tries to do it all himself and gets nowhere. Again, the strength God supplies is conditional. We must make use of it. #ThePowerofGOD
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