God's Character, Paul

Power Through Jesus

We have power through Jesus Christ. I have been trying to wrap my head around this idea for awhile now. Whatever thing we are going through, God can give us the power to endure it. If we want to change ourselves, God can break the chains that hold us down.

In the bible, Paul prays for the new church without ceasing. Paul prays that they will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, wisdom and spiritual understanding. He prays that they will walk worthy of the Lord. He prays they will live their lives fully pleasing the Lord, and each of their good works will multiple, spreading more goodness and knowledge of God. Paul prays that they will be strengthened with the intensity of all God has, according to God’s glorious power.

Paul prays that the church will have patience and patiently endure every hardship with everlasting joy. He prays that they will give thanks to God who qualified us to share in the same light as the saints. God has delivered us from the power of darkness into God’s kingdom. Because, Jesus died on the cross, our sins are forgiven.

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Preeminence of Christ
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
–Colossians 1:9-14 (NKJV)

I need to focus on acting the way God wants me to act. God is love and goodness. I cannot hang onto negative emotions. Instead, I have to focus on behaving the way God wants me to behave. I have to try and do good, so goodness spreads. I have to pray, without ceasing, constantly trying to do better each day. I have to patiently endure difficult people and hard times. I have to ask God to fill me with his mighty power, so I can let go of myself and do God’s will.

Five years ago, I was in a completely different place with God. I was making my own plans, asking God to give me what I wanted. I was not doing God’s will. I have learned so much since then. I learn more each day. As I continue to get closer to God, I put my trust in God. I rely on God, not on my own understanding. I am so thankful that God continues to pull me closer to him. It is a peaceful, secure feeling, knowing that God is there for me. There is so much power through Jesus.

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