Many years ago when our two youngest were still at home, we took a vacation in Wisconsin. When Sunday came, we decided we’d drive around and stop at some church we saw. Our jaws dropped at the freedom we saw in the singing at the church we stopped at, and I remember longing to have that freedom of expression. The pastor there left an impression on us, not because of his sermon, but because of His actions while singing.
We were singing, “There’s Power In the Blood,” and he was walking up and down the center aisle pumping his fist and emphasizing with his voice every time he sang “POWER.” On the way home our sons were in the back seat imitating him. I still see that picture every time I hear that song. A special memory. 🙂
Some antonyms of “power” are weakness and inability. Exactly the way we can feel sometimes, isn’t it? So weak and weary. No ability to change what’s happening in our lives. No power to continue on.
It’s in these very moments, when we are in that weakness, that God shows us His power. If we always have our own strength to depend on, we don’t need His. But when there is nothing left in us, His power bursts forth.
But He said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you,
for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Yes! There is POWER in the blood of Jesus!
POWER to marvelously create you and me.
POWER to raise Jesus up from the dead.
POWER to bring people out of their graves.
POWER to wash us clean from all our sins.
POWER to release us from all condemnation.
POWER to free us from the chains of any kind of abuse.
POWER to reach and embrace that hurting child within us.
POWER to stop the accusing finger of shame and make us guilt-free.
POWER to release the bonds of bitterness and give us forgiving hearts.
POWER to free us when legalism swings its swords.
POWER to lift us out of the deepest, darkest pit of despair.
POWER to keep us from drowning in troubles and losses.
POWER to boot out the fear that chokeholds our lives.
POWER to sweep away our insecurity and give us security in Christ and who He says we are.
POWER to stamp out Satan and all his lies and believe in the Truth of God’s promises.
POWER to lift us up again out of any situation or circumstance that has knocked us down.
POWER to give us wings to fly in the freedom and fullness of the love of Jesus.
POWER to supply us with all our needs for this time and for eternity.
I heard an example once of faith. Consider a light switch. The electricity is there, but it will not give power to light the room unless we flip the switch. The POWER in the blood of Christ is always there waiting for us to tap into it. But we need to turn it on. It can be hard when troubles get us down, but may we lift up our weary souls and plug into the ultimate Power Source, Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank You for shedding Your blood for us. Truly, there is POWER in Your blood. You know the hearts of each of us, how hard it is sometimes to plug into Your power. Give us strength to lift up our discouraged hearts and have faith in You and Your power. In Your strength we can do all things. Please stamp out all that keeps us from believing in Your power to do what seems so impossible from our side.
May the Lord give us strength
to lift up our weary arms
to embrace the power in Jesus!
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