Wednesday October 31, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Utilizing God’s Power"

Have you ever become frustrated and overwhelmed by obstacles that you face? Have you ever reached the point that you felt powerless? How can utilizing God’s Power assist you to overcome the obstacles that you’re facing? Is there any special effort required from you in order for you to accomplish this objective? 

Handling obstacles will often appear to be an impossible task. You may even feel picked on and feel that life is unfair to you. Stop and think for a moment; God is always fair with you! He had a special purpose in mind when He made you and He desires your company.

Understand that handling obstacles is like passing a test. You desire is to past this test, however Satan is always there to add as many obstacles as you will allow. Your manner of dealing with Satan and these obstacles is the format that God uses to discover the real you; It’s His method of finding out who you really are. When you react to adversity by including Him, He sees that you’re choosing Him over Satan.   

Through the apostle Paul, Christ describes the role that both you and He play in this testing. He writes to you in 1st Corinthians 10:13 KJV:

“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.”

It is common and it’s also fair that you face adversity and you shouldn’t feel that you’re being picked on. God is fair and your testing is fair; He’s there whenever you need Him and He’s more than willing to help you face obstacles. You’re in charge and you can bear it as He always shows you a way to escape.   

By utilizing God’s Power, your solution becomes automatic…His Power is added to your power! Satan will tempt you for the duration which identifies him as your enemy. Luke 10:19 KJV describes your power, Satan’s power and God’s Power:

“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 goes by many names but it was in the Garden of Eden that he earned the name, serpent. Christ has made it clear that He gives you power over all the enemy. Satan is one of them; He’s your supernatural enemy and one that you do not attempt to handle alone! It’s when you ask in Christ’s’ name that Satan’s authority is reduced as God’s Power becomes your power.

Your Heavenly Father is there for the asking and you should always remember: He does not create adversity in your life; He helps you to eliminate it!  His desire is to be with you and you’ll never have a more willing partner.





Do you maintain a close relationship with Christ?

Do you seek God’s help when you’re dealings with the temptation of Satan?

Are you utilizing God’s Power, the power that is waiting to be added to yours?


Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at or viewed online at