For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT2)
Lot Of Talk
I have seen and heard far too much of that. You seen and heard far too much of what? I have seen and heard far too much talk. I have seen far too little power. What do you mean by too much talk and too little power? Let me clarify something before I go too much farther. Go ahead. When I say that I have I have seen far too much talk and far too little power I am talking both about in my life and in the world around me. I am commenting just as much about myself as I am about the world around me. What kind of power are you hoping to hear and see far more of your life and in the world? I am hoping to hear and see far more of your power at work in and through my life and in the world around me. Let me be clear, I am hoping to hear and see your power at work so that your purposes and plan will be accomplished, and glory will be brought to your name. I have no desire to make a name for myself. I don’t want to be the center of attention. I don’t want anyone to be drawn to me. Self-interest is not driving my desire to see you powerfully at work in my life or in the world around me. I want your power to bring you glory and draw a multitude of people to you. I want to see a rich harvest for your kingdom. That is very good.
Why do you think you have seen far too little of my power working in and through your life and in the world around you? There could be any number of reasons. Name a few. I could have something in my life that is hindering your power to be at work in and through me. I could be asking amiss or not asking at all for your power to be at work in me or in the world around me. I could be relying far too much on my own thoughts, wisdom and ideas. I could be praying with wrong motives. I might not be praying according to your will. You might want me to be more fervent and persistent in prayer. You might want to draw me far deeper in my relationship with you. Could all of these be true at one time or another? Yes, that is a very distinct possibility. Could you go wrong by drawing nearer to me? Could you make a mistake by being more fervent and persistent in your prayers? I doubt it, certainly not. Will I show you if you are praying amiss? Will I help you to see and remove what is hindering your prayers? Without a doubt. Will keep on coming to me? Will you keep on praying to me? Will you rely on me rather than on yourself? Yes, I will. Then you will see my power at work in you and in the world around you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I have seen and heard far too much talk and too little of your power at work. Remove anything from my life that will hinder your power to work in and through me to accomplish your purposes and bring you glory. I will come to rely on you and your power. Amen
Key Question… What prayers are you now praying for God to be powerfully at work in a situation?
Living It Out… Rely on the power of God to work in and through you to accomplishes His purposes and bring Him glory.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you can rely on the power of God to work in and through you for His purposes and glory.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group when the power of God has been working in and through you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you rely on God’s power to work in and through your life.
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