Wednesday, March 5, 2008

that's powerful :: Wednesday E-Devotion

What is the most powerful thing in the world?  Nuclear bomb.  Battleship.  Mother's voice.  Smell of a skunk.  You get the point.
As I was reading this morning about the impact of our church and others, this question came to my mind.  Lots of thoughts drift in and out of there as you can imagine, yet this one stuck.  Take a minute to think about the power of your life and the power you are around.
I am not talking about powerful people, powerful weapons or the like.  I am talking power that impacts the farthest and the longest.  Think hard.
Romans 1:16 (nlt) --- For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (nlt) --- And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.  I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
Not a Sunday School or typical Christian answer such as, "God is the most powerful thing."  True, yet the most powerful thing that God uses to see lives change is the testimony of what God has done in a person's life.  Your testimony and mine demonstrate the power of God.  The power to change lives.  The power to change situations.  The power to provide and heal and encourage and lift and far beyond.
When we speak up on the account of God, great things happens because we open a door for the power of God to intervene.  If you remember in our last series, Chase the Lion, we talked about the fact that stepping out in faith opens the door for God to do miracles.
Think about it.  Your words.  Your talking about God.  That demonstrates what God can and will do for others.  It may change someone's life.  It may change your life.  Now, that's powerful.
1 John 1:2 (nlt) --- This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.
2 Peter 3:9 (nlt) --- The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

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