We’re Talking Power Here. Real. Life-changing. Power.

Christianity isn’t about how to be spiritual, achieve your goals or have your best life now. Christianity isn’t about philosophy.  It’s not about talk.  Christianity is about power.  

Power to obey God.  Power to change.  Power to love those who are messed up.  Power to get back up after being pummeled by wave after wave of affliction.  Power to wield the sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith to extinguish the devil’s fiery darts.

The gospel itself is the very power of God:

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  1 CO 1:17-18

DA Carson, says of this verse, “One might have expected Paul to say, ‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the wisdom of God.’ Instead, he insists it is ‘the power of God.’  And: 

“The gospel is not simply good advice, nor is it good news about God’s power. The gospel IS God’s power to those who believe.”  (emphasis mine).

God’s word confirms this:

For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 1 CO 4.20.   

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 CO 10.4 

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.  James 5:16

Do we believe prayer has great power? I don’t feel electricity when I pray.  I feel weak.  I’m a jar of clay.  But God puts his power in clay pots.  We connect with God’s power through our mustard seed faith. An electric cord is weak and flimsy. But when we plug it into a socket, it connects to all the voltage of the electric company, which courses into our sabre saw or vaccuum sweeper.

Ask God for his mighty power today.  Thank him that he promised your prayers are powerful and effective.  Remember, the kingdom of God isn’t talk, it’s power.

 

  • Elaine

    Amen, Mark. So thankful He has made Himself and His power available to us.

    • MarkAltrogge

      Thanks Elaine – you are such a faithful constant encourager. Really appreciate you.

  • Larry

    Thank you for the very encouraging post! Thankfully, the Father uses the weak and flimsy vessels. You and Steven have me thinking in analogies now. When you mentioned weak and flimsy without Gods power, it made me think of the memory cloth in the Batman movie. Alone we are like the cloth, flimsy, shapeless, and of not much use. But energized with the power of God, the power of the gospel, we take shape, we have form, and purpose, we are a useful weapon in the Father's hand. But its only because of and through Him. Thanks be to God!!!

    • MarkAltrogge

      Hey Larry, thanks! By the way, do you know where I could get some of that memory cloth? My cape doesn\’t seem to stiffen up when I run electricity through it.

      • Larry

        JoAnn Fabrics, at the corner of fifth and fourty-second, Gotham City. Ask for Lucius. Watch the paper, there may be a coupon.

        • MarkAltrogge

          Alright!

  • http://joewickman.com Joe Wickman

    POWER!
    Great post. The Savior who swallowed the grave didn't die and rise for us to run around like spiritual wimps. We can be filled with all of His power! Thanks.

    • MarkAltrogge

      Amen Joe! Thanks for adding your enthusiastic comments.