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Become a Woman of Power

Hi ladies, how was your week? Did you wonder at all where you would find motivation, energy, and strength to get anything done, let alone meet with God? I did, and I’m sure that I am not the only one who sometimes feels completely drained. My toddler keeps throwing random items into the toilet and using the trash as a wending machine.  Then there is the laundry, which multiplies faster than rabbits, and a husband who will be home famished after a long day at work. Did I mention that my in-laws live with us? And somewhere in all of that I need to homeschool my older kids. We all have a lot going on, and if we’re honest we know that we don’t have the strength to get it all done.

This is why I was encouraged by Eph. 1:19, 20. Paul says he was praying that the Ephesian Christians would know “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,… that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead ….”

Many of us think of Jesus’ resurrection as a historical event that “saves” us, but we don’t always see how it connects to our everyday lives (and making Resurrection Rolls doesn’t count). Paul says we can know the power of God that was displayed in Jesus’ resurrection. And it is available to all Christians.

I recently read a devotional that asked what the most powerful thing was besides God. The answer was death.

“Every living thing, no matter how small or large, no matter how beautiful or ugly, poor or rich will experience death. Even the devil himself will experience a kind of death. One of the best ways that God has demonstrated his power is by overcoming death. And this same power dwells within every believer.”   - The Exaltation of Christ

As I read through Scripture I see that Jesus IS the power of God (1Cor. 1:24), and with Jesus God has given us a spirit of power (2Tim. 1:7) through which he has granted us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). His power makes us effective witnesses of Jesus to the world and to our children and spouses (Acts 1:8). It gives us hope in the midst of dark times (Rom. 15:13). It helps us fight spiritual battles in our homes and hearts (2 Cor. 10:4), and it causes us to persevere without being crushed in the midst of pressing duties and present troubles.

But here is my favorite part: How much power do we have available to us? Later in Ephesians 3:20 Paul says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” God’s power is far more abundant than we can imagine!  What can this immeasurable power do? Well, it gave Polycarp the strength to be burned alive for his faith, Ignatius to be joyfully mauled to death by lions for his love for Jesus, and this power is given to you to fulfill your calling.

The reason we don’t really experience much of this power is because we either don’t believe it, think much about it, or seek for it. Some  expect God to just give it. But experiencing this divine power is only found as we rest in Jesus. Here are some ways of doing that.

Look Up

Resting in Jesus while facing all that God has put before us requires us to look up in prayer (James 5:16), expecting God to work in us in mighty ways. I like what Billy Sunday said, “If you are strangers to prayer, you are strangers to power.”

Go Deep

If we are to discover the power of God we must go deep in the word for there we not only see his power in the past, but also find strength for today. The Holy Spirit uses the word to sanctify us (Jn. 17:17; 2 Thess. 2:13), transform our minds (Rom. 12:2; Ps. 19:7-14) and empower us unto godliness.

Work Hard

God grants power, but not so we can relax. “Let go and let God” is often a euphemism for “I don’t care, God will work it out.” God gives us power that we might work hard (Col. 1:28, 29)! When you think you don’t have any more to give remember that we are not wells that run dry, but rivers whose source is the eternal, almighty God. You can learn to deal gently and patiently with your children and be loving and respectful to your husband because you have the power of God in you! You can suffer well because Jesus has suffered well for you, and you now have the power of God to draw from. So, you can give your best at work or clean your home with a godly (dare I say even joyful) attitude because you have Jesus, and his resurrection power.

Never underestimate the importance of our Redeemer’s resurrection for without it we could never grow in godliness.

Looking to Jesus,

 

 

 

 

 

Books that will take you deeper:

Benefits of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, by Perry Hess (free)

Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, D.A. Carson

Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything, Adrian Warnock

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Comments

  1. Jen, powerful words this morning!! I love the notion of working hard. Not giving up because we aren’t wells that run dry, but rivers whose Source defeated death!! Thank you for pointing us to such incredible, life-giving Truth!

  2. Hey! Thanks so much for giving of your time to organize this study. I know I am being changed b/c of it. In the above post I am only bothered with the following, “I recently read a devotional that asked what the most powerful thing was besides God. The answer was death.” In these sentences death is given a power equivalent to God’s power, which is not truth. God is ALL powerful and it was clarified in the paragraph following those words that God overcame death, but let’s not say “death is the most powerful thing besides God.” The only power death has is the power we give it. I am not afraid to physically die b/c I cling to all that God has done for me through his beloved Son and know I will live forever with him. So, death has no power over me. For unbelievers, well… they may very well be haunted by what becomes of them after death, so death has a very strong power over them both in this life and the next.

  3. Thank you Jen! Amen Amen!! What a wonderful and convicting post! We have the power of God in us! This is exactly what reading this week’s passages showed me. I feel empowered by the Word this week.

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Hope all the GMG’s have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. This is my 2nd week of getting up at 5:30am to get in the word before my kids get up (my husband is deployed, so good sleep means a lot to me!). Just the thought of getting up even one minute earlier seemed torturous to me, but I can’t even begin to explain how transformed my entire household is, as I’m putting Him first now each day. He truly does give us the strength to go above and beyond what our flesh wants us to believe.
    LOVE the study. Have a blessed weekend!

  5. Jen Thorn says:

    Nancy – Thanks for commenting and reminding everyone that no thing and no one is more powerful, or even as powerful as God. Of course I agree, and so do the writers at Ligonier. Their point is that, outside of God, death is the most powerful thing we face. We cannot evade it, or stop it. Perhaps it was the word “besides” that is bothering you, but it only means “other than,” not equal to. So neither they, nor I am arguing that death “given a power equivalent to God’s power.” Thanks for pushing for clarity on that point!

  6. Mary Ann Peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing. Your are such an encourager.. .

  7. Just the encouraging words I needed this morning. Sometimes I think that prayer, my study of God’s word, and my own efforts to stay on His path are not enough, and that I need to do something MORE if I want to remain in His presence. Constantly attending to the fact that His power is at work in me, and He promises to be with me wherever I go, gives me such peace (and rest). He is all I need. I just have to remember that He is present within me always. Thanks for the reminder. God bless u.

  8. Ohhh thank you so much Jen for this “powerful” reminder!!! Hahaha! I get tired too some days and it’s so important to remember where we can find strength! :)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  9. Eileen Dale says:

    Thank you for the encouraging posts. Always right on time!

  10. Excellent, excellent post Jen! I just love it! I love your wisdom and grace in sharing God’s truth! What a treasure to have you here at GMG! You bless us all!!

  11. Jen Thorn says:

    Thanks for all your encouraging words. I am excited to see what next week holds and I hope that I can remember to focus on the fact that no matter what God has in store for me, I can draw on His mighty power to honor Him in all circumstances. What a good and generous God we serve.

  12. Thank you for this Jen! I don’t know if this will make sense or not but I feel like I am right on the brink of understanding God’s power in and to me and your words have helped. I continue to ask God to enlighten the eyes of my heart to know!

  13. Jen,
    You put this all so wonderfully. This is exactly where I have been this week…realizing that with the power of God I can face the things around my home that have been challenging me lately. Thank you for taking the time to share this.
    Love in Him,
    Joyce

  14. I’m behind in email and just read this. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. You have truly inspired me to push farther and go deeper in the Word. I thank you for this. Thank you and may God bless you and continue to use you for this great work!

  15. That’s a senslibe answer to a challenging question

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