Plugged in and Powered On
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:19-20)
A few Sundays ago at the ministry center, our watch service was about to begin and I realized nothing was appearing on screen. I went through all the checks needed; the laptop was on and connected, the HDMI wire connections were fine, the TV was on but it still wasn’t picking up any signal. I was dumbfounded until I finally figured out that the HDMI splitter box, which connects my laptop to the different TV screens, was not plugged in and powered on.
We live in an electronic age where power is of such importance. As individuals, we may be “turned on” or functioning normally, but if the Holy Spirit’s power is not infused into or awakened within us, we fall short of a fruitful life. Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:4, “Don't leave Jerusalem yet. Wait here for the Father to give you the Holy Spirit, just as I told you he has promised to do.” In other words before doing any ministry, to wait for His power (Acts 1:8) to fall upon us; the One who guides us into all truth, the One who allows us to operate in our gifting, and the One who empowers us to live victoriously.
God gives us His “incomparably great power” through His Spirit, the same power which raised Jesus from the dead. Wow, imagine that? There is no atomic source on earth that can produce what God has accomplished after 3 days in the tomb. In our 1820 group last night, we were talking about how Defibrillator’s may be able to jump start a person’s heart right after it stopped, but not after a few days had passed. No human technology has been able to achieve the results God has with the same power living and moving in us.
Any time you feel discouraged, doubtful or defeated, remember the power of God in your life. The Devil has no grip on whom God has already taken hold of. Make sure you are “plugged in” and “switched on” to His unlimited power for we are not just called to operate naturally, but to live our lives out supernaturally.