Tag Archive | power

Is

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
Zechariah 4:6b NASB

“But by My Spirit”

“Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the Lord, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;”
Isaiah 30:1 NASB

“but not of My Spirit,”

“Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
Jeremiah 17:5 NASB

We make plans. We put our trust in alliances that are not of God. We trust in our own intellect, our own weak strengths. But did not God give us His Spirit to teach, guide, protect, strengthen by His power and might? Our hearts are turned away when we trust in anything or anyone other than the Lord Himself.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord.”
Jeremiah 17:7 NASB

Not only trusting IN Him but whose trust IS Him.

Is: be: continuous action

ūüĆĻ Is your life demonstrating that God IS your trust?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Mark

“This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s ‘; And that one will call on the name of Jacob; And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to the Lord ,’ And will name Israel’s name with honor.
Isaiah 44:5 NASB

Who is your Lord? Who do you belong to? Do you bear the brand-marks of Jesus?

“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.” Galatians 6:17 NASB

Jesus bore the marks for you. Until we are ready to bear His mark can we truly say that we are His? Are we willing to follow in obedience into whatever situation, circumstance God calls us to? Are we willing to take His brand-marks? To go that far for His namesake?

“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;”
Philippians 3:10 NASB

Jesus came to save the lost, to reconcile mankind to the Father. Is that not what bearing the brand-marks of Christ is? Willing at all cost to reconcile mankind to God?

Can we say that we are:

“always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”?
2 Corinthians 4:10 NASB

ūüĆĻAre you willing to wear the brand-mark of Christ “in order that I” (others) “may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”?
Philippians 3:11 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Dwelling

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Will abide in the¬†shadow of the Almighty. — Psalm 91:1

Wow. I love that word “dwelling”. A place of shelter, safety. A home. A permanent residence. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. ūüėÄ Are you “dwelling” — living, residing, lingering — in the presence of the Most High, the Almighty?

A place to rest. A place to be revived. A place to draw near. But also a place to live!!! Live in the shadow and power of the Almighty.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

O Lord

¬†Yours, O¬†Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.¬†¬†Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.¬†Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. — 1 Chronicles 29:11-13

And forgive us when we do not acknowledge that You are. Open our eyes to see your splendor that we may be reminded that you are worthy to be praised, thanked, exalted, and revered. Only You are head over all. All things come from You. All we need is You! Help our lips to speak Your praise, not only to others but to You, O Lord,.

Amen.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

 

Weakness

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for¬†we do not know how to pray as we should, but¬†the Spirit Himself intercedes for¬†us¬†with groanings too deep for words;¬†and¬†He who searches the hearts knows what¬†the mind of the Spirit is, because He¬†intercedes for the¬†saints according to¬†the will of¬†God. — Romans 8:26-27

Oh how great our need! Our need for God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to fulfill His great purpose. We are weak but He is strong. We do not know how to pray effectively but the Holy Spirit does. Jesus, who knows our hearts, intercedes with the Father on our behalf to fulfill the will of God, just as Jesus did when He was in the flesh.

To God be the glory for the things He has done and has yet to do in our humbled weakness.

For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you. 2 Corinthians 13:4

“It”

for¬†it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the¬†Jew first and also to¬†the Greek. — Romans 1:16b

“It”. The gospel. “It”. Jesus Christ. “It”. Power.

Trust in “It” to save you by believing. Trust in “It” to save others by telling.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Prayer Answered

When Peter¬†came¬†to himself, he said, ‚ÄúNow I know for sure that¬†the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all¬†that the Jewish people were expecting.‚Ä̬†And when he realized¬†this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of¬†John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and¬†were praying.¬†When he knocked at the door of the gate,¬†a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.¬†When she recognized Peter‚Äôs voice,¬†because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.¬†They said to her, ‚ÄúYou are out of your mind!‚ÄĚ But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, ‚ÄúIt is¬†his angel.‚Ä̬†But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened¬†the door, they saw him and were amazed.¬†But¬†motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, ‚ÄúReport these things to¬†James and¬†the brethren.‚ÄĚ Then he left and went to another place. — Acts 12:11-17

I have always found this comical. Here is a group of Christians praying for Peter and when he shows up at the door they are so amazed that he is left standing at the door.

Is our prayer life like that? We pray but don’t expect to be answered?¬†We pray and are amazed at the power of God?¬†

God is amazing and powerful! He can answer any prayer. Maybe we need to pray more with anticipation at how God will answer our prayers instead of expectation of whether He will answer. God will always answer so we shouldn’t be surprised but we should anticipate His answer to bring glory unto Himself.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Stephen And The Lord

And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great¬†wonders and¬†signs among the people.¬†But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen,¬†including¬†both¬†Cyrenians and¬†Alexandrians, and some from¬†Cilicia and¬†Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.¬†But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.¬†Then they secretly induced men to say, ‚ÄúWe have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and¬†against¬†God.‚Ä̬†And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they¬†came up to him and dragged him away and brought him¬†before the¬†Council.¬†They put forward¬†false witnesses who said, ‚ÄúThis man incessantly speaks against this¬†holy place and the Law;¬†for we have heard him say that¬†this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter¬†the customs which Moses handed down to us.‚Ä̬†And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the¬†Council saw his face like the face of an angel. — Acts 6:8-15

Grace, power, wisdom through the Holy Spirit and seen by others. Is Jesus visible in you?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Listen to These Words

‚ÄúMen of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know‚ÄĒ this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. For David says of Him,

‚ÄėI saw the Lord always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
‚ÄėTherefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope; Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. ‚ÄėYou have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.‚Äô — Acts 2:22-28

Are you listening? Words of hope. Words of gladness. Words of victory.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon