you will receive power

Acts 1:6-8 (ESV)

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

We live in a world where many chase after the allure of power.

Yet it’s an illusion. A folly. ‘… [A] striving after wind.’ (Ecc 4:16)

It may last for a day; a week; a year. Perhaps even a lifetime. But with death will come the loss of all one’s power.

For it is God who has all the strength.

And we are called to ‘… ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!’ (Ps 96:7). That is, acknowledge that He is the one and only God (Ex 20:3); ‘… the Lord God Almighty, …’ (Rev 4:8).

And, recognise that we need His strength to sustain us and empower us. “‘… [The] Spirit helps us in our weakness.’ (Rom 8:26)

It’s this trusting completely in God and all that He provides that truly glorifies Him.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit; please give me the strength I need to witness

action : ‘I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.’ (Isa 12:2)

far above all rule and authority and power and dominion

“…that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:20-23 (ESV)

There’s no doubt about it. Jesus Christ is the King of kings. He is the Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15).

There is nothing that isn’t under His rule. Zip. Nothing. Nada!

And that includes us.

Yet we humans have a natural tendency to shun authority. Wanting to do our own thing. Clinging desperately to control of our own lives at all costs.

It’s ironic really. Because letting Jesus be ruler is very liberating (Matthew 11:29-30).

Kim+

prayer : that I would not try to wrestle control of my life away from God all the time

action : examine those areas of my life that I try to control

the immeasurable greatness of His power

“…and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might” Ephesians 1:19 (ESV)

Power. So often it’s associated with human misuse that it’s become a dirty word.

Yet the sinfulness of mankind shouldn’t lead us to think that God is a selfish tyrant. A despotic ruler. An egotistical megalomaniac.

Because unlike these examples, God uses His power for our good.

His “great might” means He can create the universe yet it also gives Him power over death.

Ironically Jesus, the Son of God, chose to humble Himself, making Himself nothing (Philippians 2:1ff).

He who is God became Man.

And a servant at that. Quite the antithesis of typical human leadership.

Yet following His death and resurrection He was raised up and is now seated at God’s right hand (Romans 8:34).

Kim+

prayer : thankful that God uses His power wisely, for the good of believers

action : exercise “servant” leadership

fan into flame

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV)

I love the imagery here. The raw energy behind the elemental strength of fire. It’s eagerness to spread quickly from a tiny spark into a huge conflagration.

This is perhaps the reason I want to start this new blog. So I can fan into flame the gift God has graciously given me.

It’s too easy to hide behind a mask. To pretend to be someone or something we’re not. Or simply denying who we really are.

Afraid of what people might say. What they might do. How they might treat us.

Rejection. Persecution.

But I’m a Christian and there’s no reason to be ashamed of the gospel.

It has the power to heal. To redeem and restore. To renew and regenerate.

To save lives.

Kim+

prayer : that I would be bold in proclaiming my faith

action : “love” others through the gift God has granted to me