We’ve Been Given the Power to Change
Psalm 18:32 (NET) says, “The one true God gives me strength; He removes the obstacles in my way.”
Other People Can’t Change Us
Sometimes we feel the need to go to lifestyle seminars and conferences looking for a “quick fix.” Whether we express it or not, we are hoping our lives can be zapped and changed in no time at all. Chasing people and their principles to make changes in our lives, unfortunately, is rarely sustainable. Too often, we fall off someone else’s beaten track when things get too hard or we don’t see change occurring quickly enough.
Self Help Books???
Almost all of us have experienced it: We go on diets, join health clubs, or try a new health plan, do this, do that and then our enthusiasm runs strong for a few months and then wanes. We then fall back into the same old rut….. Unfortunately, most often we don’t see long-term change. We try and read self-help books, but the problem with self-help books is that they tell us what to do, but can’t give us the know how or the power to do it. We are told things like: Get rid of all your bad habits. Be positive; don’t be negative. Change your mindset; change your focus. But how? Where and how do we get the true power to change and then ongoing sustainable change?
The word “power” occurs 156 times in the New Testament (KJV version). It is used to describe the most powerful events that ever happened—The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the release of the Holy Spirit after He ascended into heaven. And that resurrection and Holy Spirit power are still available to completely change lives today.
The most important thing in life is knowing Jesus and experiencing the power of His resurrection and the Spirit of God. Paul writes, “I want to know Christ…to know the power of His resurrection” (Philippians 3:10 NIV). Again he writes, “I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe in Him.”
Do You Want Explosive and Constant Power?
It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead’ (Ephesians 1:19-20 NKJV). The Greek word for ‘power’, is dunamis. This can be translated in two ways: 1) ‘dynamite’, which is an explosive force, or 2) ‘dynamo’, which is a constant flow of power. And in Christ, you have both.
Through Him, you can break the chains that bind you and the limits that constrain you. You can get to walk continuously and victoriously in His changing power today and every day…. Just ask!