“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”
After Jesus died on the cross, his apostles continued to tell others about how Jesus rose again. They shared with enthusiasm everything that Jesus did for sinners, for those who would believe.
God’s grace or power through the Holy Spirit in these men worked amazingly in all of them.
The good news is that the power, the good news of the resurrection, and all that Jesus has done for us on the cross, is still relevant for us today.
As Christians filled with life giving power from Jesus, we share with others what Christ has done for us!
We are over-joyed, and filled to the brim with His goodness, His power and a desire to share what it means to us and has done for us!
When we are out of steam and weary, we ask God for His power to fill us, His strength to carry us onward, His grace to help us persevere in our tasks and callings we have.
There is nothing ordinary in God’s grace. It worked powerfully in the apostles of old, and it works powerfully in us today!
As you believe in Jesus, you also know the power of His resurrection living on the inside.
That power through the Holy Spirit living in us helps us overcome obstacles, renew our strength, and rise above the trying circumstances of life. That power gives us God-confidence, not to be confused with worldly confidence or self-confidence.
God-confidence empowers us to achieve all that God has planned for us. His power working in us mightily equips us for the tasks He allotted to us in our lives.
Sometimes when we are running on empty, God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” And as the apostle Paus said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest upon me.”
Have you ever felt like you were too weak for a delegated task? Did you feel underqualified? That is good because that is when God’s power is made perfect. He shows Himself strong when we show ourselves to be leaning on Him fully. Anything less is self-sufficiency and Christ is not in the picture.
When the day is done, and the job completed, with God’s help to qualify us, we then give God the glory for the things He has done through us.
Have you seen God’s grace at work powerfully in you? Have you been witness to His Holy Spirit leading you to do things you never thought possible?
Then you know, as the apostles knew, God’s grace working amazing things, powerful things in you for His purposes.
Today, let us begin this Monday, this work week, leaning on God’s power so mightily at work within us, leaning on His grace, which is sufficient for us. But we have not if we ask not.
PRAYER- Dear Lord, there are so many things on our plates this week. Apart from you, we can do nothing. Please equip us for those tasks that seem insurmountable and help us remember that with you at our side, giving us grace and power to accomplish our God given assignments, we can accomplish all that you have for us with you at our side empowering us. Help us bring glory to your name in the things you have for us this week ahead? In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.
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