100- Day Identity Makeover: Day 41
You Are a Vessel of God’s All-Surpassing Power (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Stop reading for a moment and pray. Ask the Father to help you to see from His eyes and to walk in what you now know.
When God raised Jesus from the dead, He positioned Him at His right hand in heaven, “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given… and God placed all things under His feet…” (Ephesians 1:21-22). The above truth demands your agreement. Jesus has conquered all, and there is nothing that can take His place of supremacy. Therefore, belonging to the Body of believers means we are connected to Jesus, the head, and we also go forth in faith with a victorious mindset.
Thank the Father now for His light that He made to shine in your heart so you could have “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
All of the glory begins with God, is upon Jesus for having obeyed the Father in everything, and is within us who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). To be born again means to be born of the Spirit; the very nature of Christ took up residence in your heart. That is the treasure, friend, and it is an incomparable one!
Paul describes the power of the living God within us as “all-surpassing.” It is easy for you to grab hold of this trait after seeing Jesus described in Ephesians as exalted above all things. So, of course, His presence within you manifests a power that nothing of this world can overcome. That is exciting news!
Paul continues to describe the complexities of life and its struggles, but in light of the “all-surpassing power,” he wants you to know that darkness and destruction will never have the victory. Prior to His death and resurrection, Jesus took time to prepare the disciples for His departure and their soon-coming lifestyle of abiding in the Spirit’s presence. Read John chapters 14-16 and know for yourself the believer’s normal experience when walking in step with the Holy Spirit. Jesus clearly states the evidences of the Spirit-led life: joy, peace and producing eternal fruit.
Know that before Jesus ascended to the Father in heaven He told those gathered to wait in Jerusalem for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).
Child of God, you have not been called to live a powerless life full of frenzy and self-dependency. In that state, it’s not only your own relationship with the Father that suffers, but your effectiveness in investing your life in others and making disciples also suffers. Believe that Jesus’ realities are your realities, because “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Read John chapters 14-16.