Saturday, February 13, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Christ’s Power!


2 Corinthians 12:9  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

Meditate on God’s Word!  Is it possible that God allows infirmities in our lives so that we do not become proud and forget that it is God and the power of the living Christ within us that gives us victory in life? This is exactly what happened to the Apostle Paul. But Jesus said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Paul would write about enduring hardships so that he could be a good example of God’s grace, not his own strength.  We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger. 2 Corinthians 6:3-5  Paul could have achieved great wealth but he instead found his wealth in sharing the riches of knowing Jesus Christ and enduring suffering the way that Jesus did for us. But he was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6


So perhaps as Paul spent time with Jesus before he began his ministry and saw the nail pierced hands of Jesus, the scars from the scourging and His side pierced by the spear as Jesus hung on the cross, he was transformed by the pain and suffering that Jesus endured for us. His time with Jesus transformed him into a man who could say after all of these hardships. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 As we enter into this Lent season let us take a moment to reflect on the suffering that Jesus endured for all mankind and may Christ’s power truly transform us from the inside out!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Grace to Endure!


Acts 9:6  Jesus said, “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Meditate on God’s Word!  Paul received amazing revelations from God Himself and was told to learn and wait until God moved Paul into the ministry. God knew that Paul would endure great suffering for the name of Jesus and prepared Paul for the journey that lied ahead.  But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. Galatians 1:15-18

Paul was taught directly by Jesus and strengthened his knowledge of the Word of God so that he could and would be able to endure the suffering he would experience. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. 2 Corinthians 12:6-7  The knowledge was so great that God even allowed a physical ailment to plague him in his life. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 2 Corinthians 12:7-8


God allowed this because He wanted to show Paul that great knowledge can sometime produce great pride in an individual and that Paul needed to rely on God’s grace to sustain him through the tough times in life.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 So as Paul relied on God’s power, let us today rely on God’s power to help us through our difficult situations in life.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10  Our prayer: Dear Father, help us to endure the suffering in our life as we experience the precious grace of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Paul’s Prayer for Power!


Ephesians 1:17 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power.


Meditate on God’s Word!  What an interesting prayer from a man who was sent to kill Christians and met Jesus on the road to Damascus as he continued on his assignment of persecution.  As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:3-6

Then Paul spent time with Jesus in the third heaven experiencing first hand the power of knowing Him.   And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. 2 Corinthians 12:4-7  After learning and experiencing heaven and time with Jesus he prays this powerful prayer for us today.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19


Paul wanted us to experience the same love, mercy, grace, joy and forgiveness that he experienced with Jesus.  What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:19-20  Our prayer. Father in heaven, help me today to experience the power of Your love in my life through the power of the promises in Your Word, activated in my life through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Greatness of His Power!


Ephesians 1:19 What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Meditate on God’s Word!  We are taught as little children to be independent and to do things ourselves. As a young parent I can still remember reading our children a book that kept repeating the words, “I can do it myself” How things change as we begin to run into roadblocks in life that we can no longer control.  We lose a job we love, our 401K that we have been investing in for years begins to decline in value or we just can’t run as fast or do the things we once did with ease.  Then we discover the secret power source that was always there yet we ignored because we figured everything out by our own intellect, abilities and yes by ourselves.  What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Ephesians 1:19-21

We never were alone and we are not alone today but God has provided us rich resources and His power to guide us through our lives. It is activated by meditating on God’s Word and faith!    For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:14-17 It is activated by meditating on God’s Word and His Holy Spirit by our faith and believing that rather than I can do it myself we say, yes God you can give me the strength I need.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19


Let’s start teaching our children and ourselves that yes, God can as we believe and understand that it is God’s power, promises and purposes for our lives that will carry us through life and the power of the Holy Spirit, until God calls us home. Yes, God can and will when we believe by faith in His power!  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Strength in Weakness!


2 Corinthians 12:10 For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Nine simple words, upon careful examination and meditation that could fundamentally change your life and the lives of all those you come in contact with in life.   For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:10  Most of us are very blessed by God in life with resources that most of the poor in the world will never know. A casual drive through any major city in the world will show you the disparity for many who lack the bare necessities in life. The Apostle Paul had one of the greatest educations and position in the Sanhedrin but he gave them all up to rejoice in these words.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

He realized the real source and center of power in our lives was knowing the risen Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit living within us and the love of God the Father for His children. What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Ephesians 1:19-21 Paul’s strength came is knowing God’s power in his life and focusing on God’s will for his life. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith Philippians 3:7-9


Perhaps today is a good day to discover a new source of strength as we understand, appreciate and meditate on the power of these nine words. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Our Prayer. Dear Father in heaven, help me to find my strength in my weakness as I meditate on Your  power in my life through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Strength in Weakness!


2 Corinthians 12:9 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

Meditate on God’s Word!  Whenever we decide to fix things ourselves, we usually do and sometimes we can make things even worse. Sometimes we win battle but lose the war because our pride is more important that letting God give us the victory, through Jesus. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9  When we give up our pride and accept that God is allowing these circumstances, powerful things will happen in our lives based on the Word of God That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

When we see the hand of God in our lives, in the good times and even in the tough times, the power of God will begin to manifest around us in amazing ways. Things that we could never do in our own strength or flesh, now begin to happen because God’s Holy Spirit begins to move. So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” Zechariah 4:6-7

Perhaps the assignment that God gave you never happened because you were determined that you were going to do it in your own strength and gave up but now God is beginning to move in a mighty way. Perhaps you are like Zeubbabel. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lordthat range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone[a] in the hand of Zerubbabel?” Zechariah 4:8-10


God will move in your life in a powerful way when you realize the greatest strength we have is when we let go and let God do what only He can do when we yield our will, our ego, our pride and our life to Him.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10  Our Prayer. Father in heaven, help me let go of my plans, my devices and my determination to success and to allow your Holy Spirit to move in my life in a way that only you can do so that all that are watching what happens will give You the honor and the glory. In Jesus precious and powerful name. Amen.