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How God Functions in Man - Contain and Express-Power

Yesterday I blogged about how God functions in man, and I placed an emphasis on how God is love. God is love; not God has love. So, if you and I want to love more, it a matter of surrendering to the person of love-the Lord. Love is not some item that is imparted into us apart from the person of God Himself. Love is a fruit produced by the Holy Spirit. It is not a fruit produced by humans. Love is a person.

Next I want to mention power. Just visit almost any church, and you will hear prayers and songs for power. “I want power Lord! Send down your power Lord! However, the Bible does not say that Christ has power. Scripture says in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 that Christ is the power of God. He is the Almighty One. Think about it. When someone has all power, that means all power. We humans think we are powerful. However, we are weak. For example, Scripture tells man to “dwell with his wife as the weaker vessel.” The truth of this Scripture is very clear. If woman is the weaker vessel, then the man is a weak vessel. (To have a weaker person implies there is a weak person.) Now, someone will probably say, “Hey, you call the woman weaker.” Yep, that is what the Scriptures teaches (1 Peter 3:7). But, don’t stop there. Men are weak too. All humans are weak! Man is not the power of God. Christ is the power of God. And Christ has come to live in every man and woman who has accepted Him. Now, let the weak say, “I am strong.” Not strong in my own strength; but, strong because Christ lives in the believer! 

Concerning the power of God and human weakness, we would do well to listen to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT) 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. So, the truth is, the human self is a weak self. It always has been and always will be. We are needy! Even a perfect environment like the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were needy and weak. The Lord wanted to indwell them, and He has come to live out His Life in and through us. So, quit trying to be strong! It’ll never work. It's self-effort. It's an illusion. It's sin. Instead, acknowledge that the Strong One lives inside you, and He is able to spring into action anytime and place He gets ready.

Prayer: Lord, I am sorry for trying to be strong or "get stronger". So many times I have condemned myself because I see and sense fear, lust, anger, and other temptations. These things are just evidence of my weakness. Thus Lord, instead of fighting my weaknesses, I look to You to be strong in me. Lord, if I take this approach, I can join Paul in exclaiming, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”  Lord my prayer today is, “Jesus, be strong in and through me today.” Amen!

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Currently serving as the Senior Pastor and Developer of New Beginnings Fellowship in Lawrenceville, GA.
Pastor Screen has served as a member of the South Atlantic District Executive Committee (DEXCOM) which oversees 100 Churches in GA., S.C., and N.C. for nine years.  He also served on the South Atlantic District Multiplication Team for 12 years which is responsible for Church Planting in GA., S.C., and N.C.

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    deb Wednesday, 15 October 2014

    Thank you Pastor Reggie! It's cleansing to read how important my being humble is as I follow Jesus. I especially liked "Now, let the weak say, “I am strong.” Not strong in my own strength; but, strong because Christ lives in the believer!" It amazes me how His love shows brightly in my life when I get it that it's His power! Thank you! Joyfully, Deb

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