Faith
Wednesday March 31, 2006
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"God’s Power Is Your Power"

Have you ever felt “powerless” or overwhelmed by obstacles you face? How do you include God in overcoming these obstacles? What does God require from you to receive this power?

It’s true that we all seemingly face impossible challenges as we go through this life. You sometimes feel picked on and may even question why life is unfair. It’s a good idea to understand that God has placed you here for a purpose. You’re very special to Him and He desires your companionship. You are however required to face obstacles and be tested as this is how God finds out how He stands with you. God will never abandon anyone however you must show Him by your actions that you choose Him over Satan.

The apostle Paul illustrates this “test in the flesh” showing the role God plays and the responsibilities you have. 1st Corinthians 10:13 KJV reads:

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

You see, it is common that we all face difficult times yet no particular person is being over tested or unfairly treated. God is always fair and always dependable. He is letting you know that all obstacles you face can be handled when you call upon Him. He provides a “way to escape” and with Him you can always “bear it”.

When you include God you automatically receive His power. As long as you’re in the flesh, you will be tempted by Satan and that makes Satan your enemy. Let’s turn to Luke and learn how we deal with our enemies. Luke 10:19 KJV states:

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Satan obtained the name (serpent) in the Garden of Eden and here Christ makes it clear that He gives you “power” over all your enemies which include the temptations of Satan. Nothing can hurt you if you include Christ when dealing with and handling your adversities. This means that you should not tackle your problems alone, as you must include Christ when going up against Satan and your enemies.

Always remember: You do have God’s “power” whenever you ask for it. God does not cause adversities, He eliminates them. He’s there for the asking and you’ll never have a more willing partner.

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com