Friday, April 27, 2012

 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for ball endurance and patience with joy. (Col 1:9 ESV)
 This is in the middle of Paul's prayer for the Colossian Church, Paul is praying that they be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might.  He is emphasizing our desperate need and the plentiful resources of God's power that is available to us.  All power is emphatic or emphasized; strengthened is a compound word that also has power in it.  The three words describe the power needed and power provided.  It is spiritual power that comes from outside ourselves because we do not have the resources within to muster the strength to walk in a manner pleasing to God.  Neither salvation nor sanctification are self help projects but are the work of God.  We are so desperate for Gods power.  We are like men dying of thirst in the desert unless he gets a drink to quench his thirst, relieve his parched lips and mouth, and most of all replenish his dehydrated body.  Without that water he will die.  Without God's power in our daily lives we will die spiritually.  Here is a great quote by Warren Wiersbe:
We usually think of God’s glorious power being revealed in great feats of daring—the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, David leading a victorious army, or Paul raising the dead. But the emphasis here is on Christian character: patience, longsuffering, joyfulness, and thanksgiving. The inner victories of the soul are just as great, if not greater, than the public victories recorded in the annals of history.  

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