THE GIFT OF POWER (An Advent Reflection)

EPHESIANS 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us —  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” CSB
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OBSERVATION: What is the most misunderstood gift that God gives to us? I believe it is the gift of power. Throughout the Scriptures, God promises to give His people power. Yet, throughout the Scriptures, and throughout our lives, I believe we miss this gift and all of its possibilities because we are looking for it in the wrong places.

What do you think of when you hear the word “power?” My mind is immediately drawn to an image of extraordinary strength. While power is that it is also much more. The power God gives us is more than the ability to do something beyond our normal strength. It is only when we discover the source of this power that we realize its potential in our life!

Paul writes about the potential of God’s power in our life.

  • “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us —  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

This power and its potential are not something that we naturally possess. They are the gift of God working in us. This is evident in the fact that the glory and honor for this power go to God alone. He does above and beyond all that we ask or think – according to the power that works in us! And, He alone gets the glory for all that He does in our lives!

So what is this power and how do we receive it? Paul prays that our spiritual eyes will be opened so that we can truly understand the source of God’s power in our lives – the power that works within us.

  • “…I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬-‭19‬ ‭CSB‬‬

The source of God’s power in our life is not a “something.” The source of God’s power in our life is His love! It is His very nature living and abiding in us. Paul prays that we may be able to comprehend the length, width, height, and depth of God’s love in our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. In other words, Paul is inviting us to see and seek the infinite depth and riches of Christ, a quest that will be ongoing and filled with awe and wonder each day of our lives – for eternity!

So many times, in our Christian life, we begin to equate the power to live for Christ, the power to overcome sin, and the power to fulfill God’s call in our life, with things that we do. We think – If I only pray more, read the Bible more, witness more, serve more – then I will have more power. Yet, God’s power is not received through what we do.

God’s power is resident in us through what He has done!

  • “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬ ‭CSB‬‬
  • “This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 CSB

God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, conquered the power of sin and death, rose victoriously from the grave, and poured out the Holy Spirit upon those who believed. It was through the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives that the power of God, the love of God, came to dwell within us.

And the wonderful reality of Christmas is – this gift is given to all who believe!

  • “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭2‬:‭38‬-‭39‬ ‭CSB‬‬

As we enter into the final week of Advent, as we celebrate the lighting of the candle of Love, we are reminded of the greatest gift that God has given us. He has given us Himself. His love has been poured out upon our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His love opens all the possibilities of heaven for our lives. His love is the power that works within us. Christmas is a celebration of God’s greatest gift – the gift of Himself.

The greatest gift Christmas, the source of all power – is the gift of GOD’S LOVE!

This is a gift to be received and a gift to be given. It is wrapped in the hearts of those who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. And, it is unwrapped each time we extend the love of Christ to others and share the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

  • “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.” 1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬-‭11‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Love!

In Jesus’ Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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