Summary: We need to be strengthened with all power from God so that we could fulfill the work of God and live a powerful life here on earth, don’t we need this power, YES, we need them in loads and loads for this New year!
Strengthen with all power!
New Year Promise for 2020
Colossians 1:11” strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously..”
Hey friends, Have a blessed 2020 with the Hands of the Lord over your family, finances, health and your work! I pray for an overflow in all areas of your life, may you grow in love, prayer and abiding in the Word of God.
Apostle Paul talks about being strengthened with all power from God so that we could fulfill the work of God and live a powerful life here on earth, don’t we need this power, YES, we need them in loads and loads for this New year!
Serena Williams, American tennis player who revolutionized women’s tennis with her powerful style of play and who won more Grand Slam singles titles (23) than any other woman or man during the open era. The 23-time Grand Slam winner is known not only for her prowess on the courts but for her business acumen as well. Nevertheless, this powerful woman lost her cool in the court and received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a "liar" and a "thief". Friend, however powerful and famous a person may be, during times of emotional breakdown you need strength from God to handle the situation in a wise manner. Jesus said, ‘ you can do nothing without me!’ (John 15:5) How true He is!
GLORIOUS POWER: How does one get strength to meet the demands in life? We find the answer in Ephesians 3:16:- “He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,” We get this power through the Holy Spirit, many Christians are ignorant about the infilling of the Holy Spirit and talking in tongues which strengthen the inner man. While I was five months pregnant with my second baby and also diagnosed with multiple fibroids and medically in a very dangerous condition, I received the Holy Spirit and also spoke in tongues when a Pentecostal pastor came to my home to pray for my healing. My life took a somersault change after this, I began reading the Bible voraciously and seeking God passionately. This is what the power of God would do in your life. Peter spoke with boldness after he was filled with the Holy Spirit, Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people,(Acts 4:8) Ask God for this power!
STEADFASTNESS: James 1:3”…knowing that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness…”
The word ‘steadfastness’ means: determination, resoluteness, commitment, dedication and persistence. Let me add more unshakeable, unmovable and so on…
Jesus said ‘Everything is possible for one who believes…..’, (Mark 9:23), I mean everything, did you get that? Everything. This word is for someone out there. Pause. Take in the words of not some magician but this is from JESUS. One particular testimony of a missionary just awed me, despite the death of his sister , he waits on God along with his wife for money for the travel expenses; they do not budge but wait on God faithfully. Midnight a man (total stranger) comes to their home and says, ‘God told me to give this money and left.’ The money was sufficient for their travel expenses, how could someone trust God so wholeheartedly despite the death of his sister? This is called steadfast faith in a Powerful God who can do the impossible for you! This missionary is none other than Bro Augustine Jabakumar who is doing amazing work in Bihar. This is called testing of faith, not many can handle such pressure, though, that’s why they have distorted knowledge of God. Their idea of God is vague because they have no experience of trusting God in the storm.
After serving the Lord for more than 15 years, I’m still not exempt from trials and sufferings, I reserve the first portion of the day for the Lord because I get my energy ‘THERE’. Is anybody listening? Nobody can escape struggles, learn to trust God and lay your fears at His Feet, God would not fail you! Amen. Sometimes the agony I go through is unbearable, I feel I cannot take it anymore and no more; however, after I cross that ‘stage’, I am able to take something heavier than that the next time. Hallelujah! God is an ace Trainer!
PATIENCE: Hebrews 11:25”…choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin..”
The subject “endure ill-treatment” is passé! People pick up their baggage to leave at the drop of a hat and over a small rift, no endurance, patience or tolerance. I would like to expound the above rich scripture under the following sub headings: