I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come. Ephesians 1.19-21
My neighbor got up one morning, only to discover that the light in his refrigerator had burned out. He jumped in his car drove twenty minutes to Lowes to get a replacement bulb. He returned home after being gone more than an hour and replaced the light bulb. But this bulb didn’t work either! That’s when he noticed that the power was out in his entire house. He’d spent more than an hour trying to replace a bulb that wasn’t broken! It wouldn’t have mattered how many bulbs he changed in the house none of them would’ve worked because the power was missing. It’s easy for us to get this concept with electricity but do we understand this in our spiritual lives?
In Ephesians 1, Paul reminds us of the power source we have living inside of us. This isn’t a gimpy sort of power, this is the power that RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD!
But how many of us live our lives, replacing bulbs and forgetting to plug into the power source?
We try to fix ourselves by reading self-help books and checking boxes. We Try. Try. Try. And wonder why it never really sticks. We end up ensnared. Trapped. Broken. We wonder why we’re stuck, why we’re so desperate and never experience change.
We’ve been changing the light bulbs and forgetting the Power Source.
We’ve got to plug into the Power.
“Okay, I get that,” you say, “But what does that really look like?”
In a word . . . SURRENDER.
Climb off your throne and let God take control. Go to God. Spend time with Him. Quit trying. Quit fixing. Quit doing.
Does this seem impossible? Is your stronghold too strong, too powerful for you to let go of? Have you struggled with it for too long?
Remember what God says about His own power . . . God’s Power is Mighty. (There is no power like His in all the earth.) God’s Power is Faithful. (It isn’t fickle, it’s dependable, ready and waiting for you to tap into.) God’s Power accomplishes the impossible! (It raised Jesus from the dead!).
This power resides in all those who are His children. You’ve got the power, you just have to use it!
Will you continue to change your own bulbs or plug into the Power Source?