Your Source of Power

What made a Carpenter think He could tell religious experts they were in danger of God’s judgment? Or that they didn’t know God at all? Where did a Bachelor get off encouraging men with wives and children to attend, businesses to operate, fish to catch, and taxes to collect to leave everything behind and follow Him? What gives a Man from sleepy backwater Nazareth confidence to say, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.”?

How does a 30-year-old say, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”? How could He do miracles? Where did He get courage to tell a leper, “Be clean!”?Or a paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven. Get up and walk.”? Or a crowd of mourners, “The girl is not dead but asleep,” then take her by the hand and bring her back to life? What were His credentials? What schools did He attend? What were His degrees? Where were His letters of reference? Where was His Source of power? On His knees alone with the Father.

Before Jesus set foot on history’s stage, He spent 40 days alone in the wilderness waiting upon God, fasting and praying, measuring His strengths, dealing with His vulnerabilities, and counting the cost. Torn between the two cosmic forces of the universe — the LORD God Almighty, who was calling Him to a life of sacrifice, and Lucifer, the devil, who was luring Him toward a life of plenty, prestige, and power — He unswervingly turned toward God, becoming Satan’s sworn enemy for the duration of His life.Time alone with His Father became His pattern for life, His source of strength. Throughout His ministry, He withdrew from His disciples and clamoring crowds to wait upon the LORD. Some of His greatest miracles — feeding the 5,000, walking on the water, and more — were performed after He spent a season alone with God. The Garden of Gethsemane was not the first time He prayed, “Not My will, but Yours be done.” It was His constant prayer, spoken in a variety of ways. How did He do what He did? He prayed. He asked the question of God: “What do You want Me to do?”

He sought for the right path and became the Way. He asked for answers and became the Truth. He wanted the meaning of His existence and became the Life. Although the Son of God, He found it necessary to wait patiently for His Father’s instruction. He received authority, inspiration, power, and guidance — whatever it was that He needed — by waiting on God. If we want God’s power in our lives, we must diligently do the same.

Copyright 2008 by Rebekah Montgomery

Rebekah Montgomery, author/speaker/teacher, is a gifted, dynamic communicator. She is the author of more than five books and has penned 1,100 articles. She shares tough real-life topics and biblical application in a simple easy to grasp manner. To book Rebekah for your next event visit Rebekah is also the editor of Right to the Heart of Women and a publisher at Jubilant Press .

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