Ants are said to be able to carry 100 times plus their body weight. Imagine yourself attempting to “carry” not just lift that much weight. I remember barely being able to do two chin-ups, lifting my body weight, in gym class when I was a young child. As far as I have heard there is no other living creature on Earth that has the ability to do this. Tiny and obscure insects, most of us only see periodically, never openly seeing their ability of strength in complete execution, failing to see how powerful they really are. Similarly, though God is a Great and Mighty God, you may not openly see His power in your life at a given time, but be assured that He does not have power failures! So, His Power will never fail in you! Just as many don’t often witness ants’ strength and strategies in action, they are still active in full force, around the clock, working things out, and The Father is doing the same.
Is there something you know you need to do? Something The Lord is calling you to do? A habit or two, maybe more, that you know you must put behind you? Perhaps, you’ve fallen from where you know you should be? Possibly, you’ve heard an untimely or unpleasant report from the doctor, and you don’t want to face the challenge it may bring? Resist and renounce the voice in your head that says, “I’m not getting back up!” Thomas A. Edison, the one who shed light via an innovative way to use power said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.” And, per God in 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in weakness”, which means you never have to give up. You don’t have to settle. So, shake off the call of the enemy that steers you backward into your past, so you can answer the call of God which ushers you towards the New Things He has for you! Understand that it’s important not to focus on what has fallen, or might fall, apart but to think of all those that don’t. One of them is the Power of God.
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” Psalms 147:5 NIV
Disconnected from the Power Source, our ability is limited, just like a light that is unplugged from its power source. Jesus tells us in John 15:5 NIV, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” He’s saying we must stay plugged into Him in order to shine the way we’re made to do. Power means to make “able” to do something; to have a strength of “might”. Connected to Him, you have His Power, the same Power that raised Him to life! Not by your might but by His Spirit, He can resuscitate your hopes for your struggling relationship with your siblings. He can jolt life into a delayed dream so that it is fresh and vibrant in the present on into the future. He can cause whatever you’ve lost hope in to walk out of a dank dry place. You simply need to accept Him into your heart if you haven’t already. Or, if you have already, be determined to no longer quench the Power of the Holy Spirit with paralyzing doubt. When His Holy Spirit “enters” you, it “EmPowers”, placing “in” you Divine ability, taking away, as you push forth with each step of faith, false notions of powerlessness and feelings of inadequacy.
He understands your fears and doubts, why you have them and when you’re going to have them, but He is asking you to trust in His Power, and just as Jesus told Thomas, in John 20:27 who doubted our Lord’s resurrection, “…Stop doubting and just believe.” Believing in Jesus gives you the power you need through His Holy Spirit. Through Him, you don’t have to give up to avoid having to climb mountains. It’s those mountains that will take you to higher levels in life as you conquer the climbs with Christ. With a grateful heart for where you are, you can also refuse to settle where you are! Choose to deny the power of the enemy instead of denying the Power of God. You cannot carry 100 plus times your weight, but God can, even when you can’t see it in full view! Because obscure power is not power failure. That means you are able, because He is able; because His empowering (placing power in) you enables (places ability in) you!
If you’ve never asked Jesus into your heart, or maybe you’ve stepped away from Him for a while, and are tired of falsely believing that you are powerless, pray the following prayer anywhere at any time, and find a good Bible based church home, in your area, where you can grow in the Lord and in His Power.
“Lord Jesus, I confess, from my heart, that you are the Son of the Living God, our Lord and Savior who was resurrected to give me an abundant life. Forgive me, Lord, for all that I’ve done that displeased you. Help me to set my life on the right path, and to walk in Your Ways, Power, and Wisdom.”
In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
It is my prayer, to God the Father, for you that you seek Him, in prayer, His help, His presence, His strength, His thoughts, and a willingness to heed His direction even in challenges, whether they are deeply hidden within you or external struggles. May He direct you to places, and send people into your life, that will water all He’s planted in you. I pray all that you need deposited and filled within your spirit be increased by His Spirit so “…you will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe. It is the same as the mighty power He used to raise Christ from death and put Him at His right side in the Heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:19-20 ERV May your faith prevail in every area of your life!
Through the Mighty and Faithful Name of Jesus. Amen!