October 30, 2017 | God’s power is at work even when I feel like I can’t
 
For the last four weeks, we’ve been rediscovering what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit.  And one of the promises that we’ve reinforced each week is that God’s Spirit is always with us.  Jesus assured us of His ever-faithful presence in our lives in John 14:16-17 when He promised, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.”  You can never more or less of the Spirit’s presence in your life; because the Holy Spirit is present with you, always.   

And if He is present with you, then His power is also present in your life.  Of the many ways the Holy Spirit empowers the Christian’s faith, perhaps the one that strengthens my faith most is knowing that His power is available to me when I’m facing overwhelming trials.  

I’ve known many Christians who have accomplished amazing things by the power of the Spirit of God.  I’ve witnessed brothers and sisters in Christ who have been used by God in such incredible ways that could only be credited to God’s power.  But I’ve also known many people who have walked “through the valley of the shadow of death” and have been empowered by God to keep walking.  God’s power is as much at work in life’s darkest times as He is in the mountaintop moments.  

Perhaps you’re wrestling with a painful situation in your life right now. Whether it’s a diagnosis; or maybe it’s stress at work.  Whatever grief is caused by this life, you have the Spirit of the living God empowering you to get through. 

Romans 8:11 gives us this promise: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”

The same Spirit that causes life to flow through the veins of Jesus’ dead body and caused it to resurrect from the grave is the Spirit that lives in you and empowers you to get through whatever stresses you out or causes you worry.  

Maybe life’s problems are so heavy that you don’t believe me.  Perhaps you’ve been buried by a burden for so long that you can’t see how it’s possible that God’s Spirit is strengthening you.  Even if you don’t feel the power of the Holy Spirit, He is with you.  And one of the ways that He empowers you is He prays for you.  

Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

Take courage, for the Spirit of God lives in you and He daily wants to give your faith more power.  Believe Him and trust Him.  

In Christ, 

Ashton 

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One Response to “Beyond Sunday”

  1. Nancy perry says:

    Thank you. It’s a pleasure to go to church now.You not only preach from the Bible but also from your heart. If I didn’t know any difference I would think you were Dr Stanley son. I watch him 3 times each week. Keep up the great work and I will be their every Sunday if Lords willing
    God Bless you and your family.

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