No Power

Last week, we had a tree limb fall and take out our power line. It took about 4 days to get everything up and running again. But during that time, I was at home with no lights, it was quiet, it was uncomfortably warm. It was like living with no power!

You never realize how important something is until you go without. First, I want to say I’m thankful that I live in a place where power is easily accessible! Secondly, I hope I never take it for granted either!

As much as we need power in our daily life, we need power in our spiritual life. Yet, so many Christians go through life in the dark, it’s quiet. They don’t have the power of Christ on and in their lives!

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭KJV
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“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭KJV
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“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As a Christian, we have God’s power in our lives, we just fail to use it! Most of the time we try to do everything on our own, even when it comes to serving God.

It’s time that we flip the switch on when it comes to using God’s power! We have to be plugged into the Word of God, have a relationship with God if we want to use the power of God.

As a Christian, we all have access to the power of God but few of us use it and use it to its fullest extent! It’s like having power in your house but deciding you’re not going to turn on the lights, unplugging the fridge, turning of the air and just not using any electricity; we are the same way with God’s power! We have access, but decline not too use it!

Don’t live life without using the power of God that you have available to you.

Truth In The Twaddle

Although the story of the Resurrection seems crazy, it’s 100%, absolutely true!

While reading through Luke’s account of the resurrection, I noticed two words that stood out, “idle talk.”

I had to look up what these words meant exactly. Translated from the Greek word léros, they mean twaddle. This word twaddle means silly talk or nonsense, incredible story.

If you haven’t noticed, I like looking up definitions of words because it gives a stronger and deeper meaning to something if you know what it means. I’ve heard people try to give a definition of a word and you can tell they are making it up or saying what they think it means, not what it actually means. Definitions and uses of words are very important in our language.

“It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭24:10-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The women mention here in these verses had gone to the tomb with their burial spices to take care of the body of Christ. When they arrived, the stone was rolled away and they were able to go inside the tomb. They looked and there was no body of Jesus! As they stood there wondering what was going on, two angels appeared and told them that Christ had risen again according to the words that He had spoke. They were amazed and went and told the disciples what they had seen that day!

The disciples heard their story and thought it was just idle tales, nonsense, twaddle! They didn’t believe what these women were telling them! How could Jesus come back to life? How could the grace be empty? Who took His body? Why were these women making up these ridiculous stories?! I’m sure the disciples were thinking about all these different things as they listened to the women talk excitedly about the empty tomb and the angels they saw!

The first disciple to act upon this story they just heard was Peter. I’m sure that as Peter was sitting there listening to this crazy tale, he was thinking about the time he had spent with Jesus. I’m sure Peter thought about the people he had seen Jesus heal. The raising of Lazarus and the widow’s son probably flashed through his thoughts. Watching Jesus walk on the water, all the other miracles were in Peter’s mind. I’m sure as he sat there, he was like, “maybe, just maybe, what these women are saying is true!” Peter got up and ran, I’m sure he ran as fast as he could to see that tomb!

Peter arrived at the tomb, saw the stone rolled away and walked inside. He saw the linen garments laying there and he walked away wondering. He was probably wondering why he ever doubted that Christ was the Son of God. Peter was probably wondering where Jesus had gone. He was probably wondering if He would ever see Christ again.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ to some is just a ‘twaddle’ or a form of an ‘idle tale.’ To many though, it is the greatest event to happen throughout time! Without Jesus rising again, we wouldn’t have salvation!

Though the disciples thought these women were just telling a ‘twaddle’ there was truth in it. Truth that Jesus Christ did rise again and that the tomb was empty!

I’m thankful for the amazing and wonderful event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

The Love of God

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It is February, the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’m not going to get into the history of it and all that, but it is a day that we now celebrate to show people in our lives that we love them. It is a pretty commercialized holiday in my opinion.

But during this month so far, I have been thinking about the love of God quite a bit. Just stop for a moment and just think about God’s love for you.

It’s amazing. I don’t know how else to explain God’s love. His love was pictured for all eternity by Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins, and rising again to conquer death. That gift of God is so amazing and it started with God’s love for us.

I texted a buddy the other day with this quote/question I had heard: “Do you realize that God would rather die than live without you? That’s how much He loves you!” God loves us so much that about 2,000 years ago, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Christ paid that sin debt we owe with His blood and ultimately by dying. But the greatest of all miracles is that He rose again for me and for you, because He loved us!

One of my favorite songs about God’s love was written by Fredrick M. Lehman. The third verse and chorus contain my favorite lines in the song:

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

God’s love is so amazing and so wonderful, we could sit here all day and try to explain it and would never come close to describing it all!

Why do we as Christians, take the love that God has shown us and take it to our fellow neighbor and those around us. Not just to those that can help us in life but to those that are helpless and hopeless, those are the ones that need to see God’s love through us!

Just as we are called to be a light to this dark world, we are called to love others.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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