Power On

by Nan Corbitt Allen

I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in heaven.  Ephesians 1:19-20 NASB

Last fall, most of my extended family, who live in the Florida Panhandle, were unwelcoming hosts to a despicable guy named Michael.

Hurricane Michael.

I watched on TV the path of this huge storm and started praying (and worrying) about them as soon as I discovered that their town was being targeted by this Category 5 storm, packing 160 mph force winds. Though they are inland 60 miles, the eye and the outer bands of the storm were aiming right at them, threatening to devour them.

They were hit hard. Roofs went flying, and gaping holes were left by falling trees allowing in the torrents that all but destroyed drywall, carpet, and flooring. The water left behind mold, muck, and mud. It was not only frightening, but the aftermath was disgusting.

Of course, the electricity went out—and stayed out for weeks. My family can tell you exactly not only how many weeks, but hours, seconds, and milliseconds they were powerless. Some had generators which got its power from gasoline, which eventually became scarce, but even those generators provided a very limited amount of power at best.

This event made me, and them, aware that we are entirely dependent on someone else for our power. And not just the kind that turns on our lights and keeps our refrigerators running. As believers we have the privilege of drawing our daily power from the Lord. In Philippians 3:10, Paul writes, “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.” (NASB)

The Scripture at the top of this page says that the same power that resurrected Jesus from the dead is available to us, and not just when we die. What could be better than that!

Henry and Melvin Blackaby wrote in their book Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter that Changes Your Life “Your hope of the resurrection isn’t just for the future when you physically die and go to heaven; it’s also for now, while you’re living on earth …”[1]

Yes, the same power that breathed new life into the dead body of God’s Son is available to us. But realize that God won’t necessarily force this power upon us. Sometimes He allows us to be in vulnerable, powerless situations, but it’s up to us whether we’re going to accept it or not. The first step to accessing God’s power is recognizing that we’re powerless. Often it’s the difference between commitment (imposing our own power into a situation) and surrender (admitting that we are powerless and calling on Him to be our strength).

The Apostle Paul refers to a “thorn in his flesh” that he endured “…to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!” There is conjecture about what the metaphorical thorn was, but Paul saw it as a hindrance and he asked God on several occasions to remove it.

But God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NASB)

Draw power everyday by surrendering to the resurrected One who can switch it on for you.

[1] Blackaby, Henry, Melvin ©  Random House, 2007

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Nan Corbitt AllenAbout the author: Nan Corbitt Allen has written over 100 published dramatic musicals, sketchbooks, and collections in collaboration with Dennis Allen, her husband of 40 years. A three-time Dove Award winner, Nan’s lyrics and dramas have been performed around the world. Dennis and Nan have sold almost 3 million choral books.

Nan and Dennis live in Cleveland, GA where she teaches English and Creative Writing at Truett McConnell University. They have two grown sons and two beautiful grandchildren.

Nan’s book, Small Potatoes @ the Piggly Wiggly, is a collection of devotionals that reveal the great impact seemingly insignificant, routine experiences can have in our lives. She describes what she learned of God’s providence and wisdom while growing up in the Deep South in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Join the conversation: Have you experienced the resurrection power available to you?

 

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