Thursday, February 4, 2010

Daily devotional: Live by God's power

Scripture
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power.
1 Corinthians 4:20 NLT

Observation
The Kingdom of God is God reigning and living in the lives of believers here on earth. When we choose to believe in and follow Jesus, He doesn't just leave us to figure out life or have us live through our own power until we die and enter His eternal kingdom. Rather, He gives us His Spirit to live in us. The Kingdom of God is not about intellectual knowledge or just going to church to listen to theological spiel; it is about God living in and ruling our lives. There is nothing more powerful or effective than God's power, and He has given it to us as we live in Him!

Application
Get out of merely intellectual and theoretical talk about God to actually live by God's power manifest in my life!

Prayer
Lord, let your power be visible in my life, just as Paul expected to be able to discern against in the lives of the Corinthians he addressed. Let me not get stuck in the intellectual and theoretical but rather walk closely with You, relying on and experiencing life by Your power. I don't want to quench You or miss out on the full extent of the Kingdom You offer and have in store for us. I love you!

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