by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday December 14, 2004
The Power Within
The pressure is on. Our problems are multiplying, and there is enormous temptation to choose ungodly ways. What we need is "divine power" to make wise decisions. The apostle James tells us to ask for it. (James 1:5)
What is this power like? It is a supernatural energy that comes to those who have yielded to God's plan. It is the same power seen in the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, who resisted Satan's temptations, raised Lazarus from the dead, and chose God's will over His own. (Luke 22:42) This divine power is what produces a Christlike character in us. It is neither a power to be harnessed nor one that we turn on and off at will. The power belongs to the Spirit, and He knows when to use it in our lives.
One of the primary ways He utilizes it is in bringing forth spiritual fruit in believers' lives. The Spirit knows that unbelievers will be attracted to "Christ in us" when they see believers demonstrating an inner quietness and steadiness that is the opposite of typical human reactions. When spiritual fruit is revealed in our lives, it is like shouting the message, "Jesus is real."
Divine power gives us both the authority and the spiritual energy necessary to carry out God's plan. The Holy Spirit releases His power so that our lives glorify God and demonstrate the truth of the Gospel - that God does rescue people and transform their lives through Christ.
Won't you yield to the Spirit's control so He may work His dynamic power in your life and situation?
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