Today’s Christian: Powerless?

Devotional

“And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, ‘O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land.”Daniel 9:4-6

Daniel was broken by the weight of the sin of his nation. If there was any presence of God’s power in the lives of His people, it was not displayed anywhere that could be seen. There was no longer any belief or trust in God, and the result is a nation in peril. This is a sad state for any country to be in, especially when God’s power is available but not apprehended.

I agree with the wise man who wrote, “Unbelief, unconfessed sin, careless living, worldliness in action or attitude – all of these can rob us of power. And a Christian robbed of power cannot be used of God.” Jesus said, “Without Me, ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). You may have salvation in Christ that is freely given, but you may not have power in your life because the Holy Spirit may be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). Why should we expect blessings in disobedience?

As Christ followers, we cannot apprehend something until we comprehend it. Many times, however, what we understand is very limited because we are always thinking in the physical realm and not the spiritual.

In 2 Kings 16, Elisha’s servant was afraid of the Syrian army that surrounded them and trembled in fear. Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes, and God answered. It tells us that the servant was able to see God’s horses and chariots all around. Elisha did not fear, he could see spiritually, he believed. The servant believed in God but only looked at the physical, he had no power.

We need to examine our lives. If there is no power present, why not? Is there something robbing that power? Confess it and apprehend what God has for you today!

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:8

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