Pastoral Perspectives

The Power Of God

Do you know and understand the power of God?  Is it manifested in your life?  Are we able to recognize the power of God at work within us and among us?  God is actively working in your life.  He is working out His purpose in your life.  Do you believe this?  God wants to do a transforming work in your life.  Would you allow Him to?

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. . .” Ephesians 3: 16, 17.  The power of God is at work in your life through His Spirit in your inner being.  God’s power is at work within you.  Let us recognize the power of God at work within us.  The power of God is the power of change.  It is the power to convict us of our sins.  It is also the power to convert us and to cleanse us.  The power of God is the power to change us into the likeness of Christ.  We receive the power of God the moment we open our hearts to receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour.  In Acts 1:8, the Word of God says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  The power of God is the power to consecrate us to God’s service.  God has given us the power to be His witnesses wherever we are.  The power of God is the power to cause us to be drawn close to God.  It is this same power to carry us through the storms of life.  Thank God for giving us the power of the Holy Spirit to live a godly and holy life for Him!

God can change me.  He can change you too!  I cannot change myself by myself.  I need God to change me.  God can change my attitudes and my behaviour.  He can change my character.  He can change my perspective of life.  Yes, He can change me completely.  Praise the Lord!  What is impossible with men is possible with God!  When I read Luke 3: 10 – 14, I saw the great impact on the people after they heard the preaching of the Word of God through John the Baptist.  The crowd asked John, “What should we do?”  After hearing the Word of God, they did not want to remain the same as before.  They wanted to change their attitude.  John instructed them to share what they had with those who had none.  They were producing fruit in keeping with their repentance (see Luke 3: 8).  The tax collectors asked the same question to John the Baptist.  They too wanted to see changes in their own lives.  John instructed them not to collect more than they were required to.  They were ready to make that change in their lives.  Wow!  Are we also like them ready to make those changes that are necessary in our lives?  Some soldiers also asked John, “What should we do then?”  John replied that they should not extort money from the people and also that they should not accuse the people falsely.  They were instructed to be content with their pay.  I believe they were ready to make these changes in their lives.  Let us too be ready to make the necessary changes in our own lives.

In Romans 1:16, the Word of God says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”  The power of God is the power to save us from the Satan’s clutches and from sin’s clutches.  The gospel of Christ Jesus is the power of God, the power to rescue us from the domain of darkness and death.  Let us be bold in witnessing to others the transforming power of God at work in our own lives and in doing so, win many souls into the embrace of Christ Jesus our Lord.  This reminds me of Colossians 2: 11 – 12, “In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.”  Isn’t this wonderful?  The power of God is always at work in your life and mine once we surrender them totally to Christ Jesus our Lord.  We should no longer live for our own but for Christ Jesus who died for us.  Let us place our faith in the power of God, trusting Him to do a transforming work in our life.  We need to witness to the power of God at work in and through us.  Let us know and understand the power of God which is available for you and me.

Hence, we should no longer live a life of defeat but a life of truth and love.  Let us testify to the world that Christ Jesus came that they might have life and have it to the full.  It is this abundant life which Jesus has given to each of us to live for His glory through His power within us and with His amazing grace.  When the Lord reveals to us an area in our life that we should change, let us be willing to change relying on His power to guide and help us.  When others see this wonderful change wrought by the Spirit of God in your life, they too will desire to see the change in their own lives.  Let us, therefore, allow God to do a transforming work in our lives.

Preacher George Ang

October 16, 2011