The Power Within
“God, please give me power to overcome the burden, shame, and habitual sins in in my life!” Does that prayer sound familiar to you? How often do we cry out to the Lord and beg for that power? God probably chuckles and replies every time we ask that question: “Son, I already gave it to you. You already have THE power. Use it, son.” Wait, what?! How come we’re not seeing it? Or did we forget? Well, sure enough, God wasn’t lying; He already gave us that power to overcome sins.
18 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, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every namethat is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:18-21 NIV)
Imagine that, the same power that “raised Christ from the dead” is in us!! How incredible is that for us to receive such power, yet somehow we are totally blindsided and not seeing it. We don’t need to ask for the power anymore. We need to see it, and use it. Paul was praying that the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened, so that we can realize this power is already in us, with us.
It’s funny, not funny haha, how we already possess the ultimate power, yet we are still seeking for some other ‘answer’ somehow. Sometime the answer is just that straightforward, simple, but we tend to complicate it, and want to do the hard way. We think the answer might be in another men group, another accountable partner, or sympathy and understanding from someone who shares the same burden, a step program, a workshop or a convention… They all are great resources to assist us in pursuing God, but they are not the answer to our problems. God is.
If It’s Dead, Don’t Touch It!
What’s dead? Our sinful nature, our dark past, our struggles, burdens, and shames. They’re all dead when we came to Christ. We have been made new as a new creation when we came to Christ. Look at what we have left behind at the foot of the cross: They’re dead. They stink. They have maggots all over.
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath (Ephesians 2:3 NIV)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1 NIV)
But they were the past when we used to live with them, dwell in them. They are not part of this new creation that God has made us. (2 Corinthians 5:17) That doesn’t mean we would never ever sin again. Foolishly, we get ourselves dirty playing with the dead, the stinky, maggots covered things, but God’s grace is sufficient to give us the good soak and cleanse in His blood, by His mercy and forgiveness. We are now cleansed, so don’t intentionally touch or play with the dead things anymore.
What is not yet dead in our lives? Kill it. Cut it life source. Stop feeding it. Put it to death. Bright it to the light, don’t let it grow in the dark anymore.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry (Colossians 3:5)
Live Victorious, Daily
How can we activate this power that is already in us? Claim it. Proclaim it.
A pastor shared he starts his day with a routine by coming to the Lord with the list of his struggles, and one by one, announcing its dead, and claiming God’s power over it. They are dead to him, stinky, with maggots all over, and have no hold, no power on him anymore.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:8-14)
So start our day by giving death-certificate to our sins, our shames, our struggles, and proclaim God’s power over them. We are not dead-man-walking. We have the eternal power, the eternal life source in us. So start living by God’s power, and live victorious. Daily.