As I sit down to write you today, I have that old song running through my head: “We’ve got the power, in the Name of Jesus; we’ve got the power in the Name of the Lord!” I love that song!
Don’t you love to hear about the power and authority we have in Jesus’ Name? But I guess the thing we should ask ourselves is: are we using that power?
Not long ago, I talked with a pastor who was in the middle of a church building project. He and his congregation had prayed, saved, raised money and believed God for a brand new church building in order to reach more people for Jesus.
There was such excitement as they began this project together! But by the time I talked to him, “real life” had set in. Dealing with contractors and financial challenges and all the logistics of building a new building were wearing on him, and he looked like a candidate for a nervous breakdown.
My heart went out to him, but up out of my spirit came the words, “This is your dream coming true, don’t miss the fun!”
Let’s face it: life is a marathon, not a dash. And lately I seem to be coming across people every day who are not pacing themselves!
In this sliver of time that we’re living in before Jesus returns, time seems to be speeding up. Is it just me, or does there never seem to be enough time to do everything? We find ourselves coming and going in a frenzy, wearing ourselves out with everything that “needs doing” in everyday life.
But God never meant for us to be run ragged in this life. I think it’s time we reevaluate and look at what God has to say about this vital topic of rest.
Have you ever had “the blahs?” A feeling of boredom, of not being excited or passionate about anything, not daring to hope for more because you’ve been disappointed before?
I’m here to tell you today: that’s not God’s will for you! In fact, Jesus died on the cross so that you may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]! (John 10:10 AMP)
It’s easy to get caught up in what is (or isn’t) happening in your life and focus on it until it gets you down. But if we’re going to call ourselves Bible believers, we’re going to have to believe the Bible, and stopped being moved by circumstances.
And the Bible says that Jesus came to give you an enjoyable, abundant life! It’s important that you realize that and make it part of your every day thinking. It’s part of your covenant to be living each day grounded in love, full of passion and excitement for life, and inspiring others to do the same.
And just like everything else from God, you obtain this life by your faith – by believing it. A good start would be to say out loud right now: “God wants me to have a vibrant and wonderful life, and I can!”