Wednesday September 15, 2010
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 in overcoming obstacles? Is any special effort required for you to accomplish this objective?

Handling obstacles can appear to be an impossible task. You may feel picked on and you may even question why life is unfair. Stop and think for a moment; God is fair with you! He has a special purpose in mind when He made you and He desires your company very much.

Understand that handling obstacles is like passing a test. Your desire is to past the test but 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 the way that He finds out who you really are. When your reaction to adversity includes 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.”

You see, it’s both common and fair that you face adversity without feeling that you’re being picked on. God is fair and His testing is fair; He’s there whenever you need Him and He’s more than willing to help you face obstacles. You can bear it because you’re in charge and He will always show you a way to escape.

By utilizing God’s Power the solution becomes automatic…His Power is added to your power! Satan will tempt you for the duration and this qualifies him to be your enemy. In Luke 10:19 KJV Luke 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.”

It was in the Garden of Eden that Satan earned the name, serpent. Christ has made it clear that He gives you power over all your enemies. 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 read God’s Word with clarity?

Do you ask for His help in your dealings with Satan?

Do you desire to keep close company with Christ? Do you seek the added strength that comes when God’s Power is added to yours?


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