This morning I had breakfast with one of my favourite people on this planet. My friend, Sarah. We talked about our disappointments and heartaches of the year gone by. We also talked about the hope we have for the future. That, in spite of experiencing hardship and loss, we still believe in a God who does the impossible.
As we left the table, Sarah handed me an envelope. As I sat in my car and opened it, my heart was so encouraged. Printed, on the front of the card it said: “You are very POWERFUL, provided you know how powerful you are.”
Honestly, when you have not seen the outcome you have prayed for, it is easy to doubt that you really carry anything significant. (This might get a bit raw and real here for a second, and I hope that I don’t offend anyone with these thoughts.) Many times when things go wrong we can wonder why God didn’t do what we have begged Him to do. We might be tempted to look at Him as a God who is tight-fisted. Who is able, but not willing to help.
With all my heart, I am convinced that it is ALWAYS God’s will to bring breakthrough. I don’t believe that He withholds any good thing from us. Why we don’t always experience breakthrough, I can’t tell you. I don’t know. But what I do know is that God has done everything He can for everyone who is willing and able to receive it. He did this through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus; and in Him, we have already been given ALL things (Romans 8:32). It is finished!
We already have the answers to all our prayers on the inside of us:
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.
Ephesians 3:20 TPT (Emphasis added)
The truth is that God does the impossible through us. Through the power that is at work in us. Maybe, our perspective need to shift from expecting God to do something for us, to expecting God to do something through us? Maybe, the miracle we need will break through from the inside out, rather from the outside in?
It is easy to doubt the power you carry when things don’t work out the way you had hoped. But today, I need to encourage myself (and hopefully you will be encouraged too), to not give up on the Truth: I am powerful. You are powerful. We carry the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, on the inside of us (Romans 8:11).
It is His power that is at work on the inside of us. I will continue to believe this, until my heart is so full that it just spills out of my mouth into the world. Until faith is released and I see my greatest requests, unbelievable dreams and wildest expectations become a reality.
This power is not just for me, to feel good about myself or to experience “the good life”. It is my heart’s desire to see a hurting world be restored to a loving, powerful God: a Father who wants to demonstrate the power of His love. Love that changes lives, that lifts people out of darkness.
There are many good people out there; people who love others and do good things. But we are so much more than “good” people. We are God’s people and His love is a power that transforms people and circumstances. It never leaves anyone unchanged.
I am longing to see ALL God’s people release the power they carry on the inside of them. I believe that we are in a time and season where we need to be able to demonstrate that power that we have been talking about.
In frustration I cried out to the Lord one morning, I wanted to know where I was going wrong? Why do I seem to be power-less, when the Word says I am power-full. I heard the gentle voice of the Spirit say: “the problem is not a lack of faith, but a lack of love.” He reminded me that my Faith is activated by love: His love (Galatians 5:6 AMP). It is as I open myself to an experiential knowledge of His love that my faith is activated, energised, and I am able to release His power in me (Ephesians 3:14-20).
In leadership development, managers are trained to communicate two key qualities to their team members in order to develop trust: competence and care. We trust leaders who can demonstrate their ability to lead as well as their sincere regard for our wellbeing. It is the same with God. We can’t fully trust Him unless we believe that He cares. It isn’t hard to believe that God is able. It is much harder to believe that He is willing.
My faith, my trust in God, cannot work without His love. It is His love in me that activates, energises and empowers my faith. This is not a love I can muster up or fabricate. It is a love that has to be accepted and received. It comes from being in His presence. Putting myself before Him and letting Him pour His heart into mine.
So today, I pray for everyone reading this blog: I thank God for you! You are significant. You carry the power of God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. I pray that you will encounter the love of the Father, whose very Name you carry. May the riches of God’s glory strengthen and empower you. May you always be aware of His Spirit dwelling in your. I pray that you will be deeply rooted and grounded in His Love. May you experience this powerful love of God, in all its dimensions. And have a practical experience of the Father’s presence in your life. May you be filled and flooded with God himself. I pray that the miracle working power of God will flow through you. And that God will do more than you could ever hoped or imagined, through His power at work in you.
I hear His heart beat for you and me today: “You, dear child, are a powerhouse. As you open your heart, I will pour my love into you. It will change and transform you. It will activate and energise your faith. It will be a beaming, bright light that will draw all my beautiful children unto me. You are powerful, because you are loved.” ❤