[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] … Philippians 3:10 Amplified Bible
A few weeks ago was Memorial Day and I trust you took a few moments to remember the men and women who have served our country to preserve and protect our freedom – freedoms that are fragile right now, but freedom nonetheless.
Today I want to share the second major implication in KNOWING HIM. Last week we looked at knowing Him being a personal experience. Today I want to share about knowing Him being a POWERFUL experience.
Sometimes we describe an event, a message we have heard at church, or a book we have read that impacted our lives as being POWERFUL. Last Sunday our Pastor delivered a POWERFUL word from Romans 9.
I want to suggest to you as we begin this new week of Freedom Fighter blogs, that knowing Jesus is a POWERFUL experience. Paul loves this word “power” and uses if frequently in His letters. In fact he uses it 44 times.
In most cases the word “power” is the word “dunamis” which is the word we get dynamite from. It’s resurrection. It’s not our power – it is power that is His and His alone. The word is used 120 times in the New Testament:
Acts 1:8 “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.”
Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
First Corinthians 1:22–24: “Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
Second Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Second Corinthians 12:9: “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.”
Ephesians 3:20–21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Second Timothy 1:7: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
This is power to live the victorious Christian life through Christ.
This is power to deal with sin in our life.
This is power to combat the enemy of our souls.
This is power to share the Gospel.
Paul wants you and me to experience HIS power in a POWERFUL way. Take a moment right now and ask Him to show you HIS power this week in your life.
Have a blessed week.
Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!
Bill Welte, D.D.
President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: “The same power that brought Christ back from the dead is operative within those who are Christ’s. The resurrection is an on-going thing.” – Leon Morris
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” – 2 Kings 6:17