June 20, 2018
By Suzanne Tucker, Assistant Director of Music and Arts
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
The greatest release of power on earth was not a hurricane or tornado; not the launch of a rocket nor the massive explosion of a nuclear bomb. The greatest release of power was the energy of the Spirit of God to defeat the forces of evil and raise Jesus from the dead. If there had been any way to prevent Jesus from rising, Satan would have done it. But the power of God was too great. Jesus rose, and we were all forgiven forever.
That same power lives in me! That’s largely inconceivable to me because most days I feel so very powerless. If God’s great power resides inside me, why can’t I conquer my fears? Why can’t I control my desires? If His power lives in all Christians, why can’t we end poverty and hunger? Why can’t we stop the violence and hatred that infests our world?
Our problem is not that we don’t have enough power; it’s that we don’t know how to plug into it.
The apostle Paul always seemed to have a direct connection to the power of Christ within him and performed incredible works for the Kingdom of God. Paul prayed that the “eyes of our heart” would be opened to the unbelievable power that God had called us to. And yet even Paul admitted that learning to access God’s power and claim God’s victory and hope for our lives was a lifelong process. In Phillipians 3:12 he says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
There is a famous story about the wealthy newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Mr. Hearst was an avid collector of great art from around the world. One day he read a description of some treasures that he felt he just had to own, so he sent his agent out to track them down and obtain them for his collection. After months of searching, the agent returned and reported that he had found the items. They were already in Mr. Hearst’s warehouse. He had been searching for treasures that he already owned!
It is the same with each of us. We already have all the power we need to defeat any foe that stands against us; we just need to learn to plug in. We need to understand that accessing this power means that we must live lives of obedience and we must continually refocus our attention on God and His plan for our lives. It is a lifelong process, but one that ultimately leads to victory!