Advent Devotion - New Year's Day

“The Power of God”

 

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

(Eph. 3:17-19, NIV)

 We have journeyed through the Advent season, a time of preparation for and anticipation of the celebration of Christ’s birth.  We have exalted the name of Jesus, the Messiah born in a manger.  Now on this first day of 2017 may we seek to be filled with God’s power that we might live different so that others can see Jesus in us.  It is God’s Holy Spirit who empowers us to grasp the richness of God’s love and to know his love which surpasses knowledge. May the words from seventeenth century British Baptist, Gerrard Winstanley, help us to understand God’s power in this New Year. 

 

What is to be understood as the Power of God?

It is to have the same Anointing

that was upon the Anointed One,

indwelling and ruling within you.

The power of love in you is the power of God in you,

setting you free from envy.

The power of patience, and of gentleness in you,

is the power of God in you,

setting you free from discontent.

The power of humility in you,

is the power of God in you,

setting you free from pride.

The power of peace, joy, and stillness of heart,

is the power of God in you,

setting you free from sorrows

and inward bondage of mind.

 

 

Blake Burleson and Michael Sciretti, Jr., ed. Baptist Wisdom for Contemplative Prayer (Copyright 2012), pp. 94-95.

  Pastor Bob