Prepare for Worship | Our Response to God's Power
Last Sunday, Pastor Jason Finley preached from Matthew 22:23-33 and showed us that Jesus promises glorious resurrection life for all who believe in Him.
Read: Genesis 46-47
This Sunday, Ken Lewis will preach from Genesis 46-47 and will point us to be in awe of almighty God. As you prepare for our Sunday gathering, be encouraged by this devotional from John MacArthur.
Reflect: “Our Response to God’s Power”
“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength…. They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Relying on God’s power gives us confidence to live as Christians.
What should be our response to God’s power? First, we should worship Him. Our response should follow what God told Israel: “The Lord, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice” (2 Kings 17:36).
Understanding God’s power should also give us confidence: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). Because of His strength, we can live the Christian life each day with confidence. God “is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Eph. 3:20).
Our eternal hope rests on the power of God. His power saved us and will “raise [us] up on the last day” (John 6:40). That day should be the great hope of the Christian, because whatever troubles we have on earth, our heavenly destiny is still secure.
When I’m tempted to worry, I’m comforted to remember that God’s power is greater than any problem I have. The psalmist says, “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1–2). The God who made everything can certainly handle our troubles!
God’s power also gives us spiritual victory. Paul instructs us to “be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might” (Eph. 6:10). When the adversary comes and you’re on guard, you don’t fight him; you go tell the commander, and he leads the battle. God will bring about the victory because “greater is He who is in [us] than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Satan may be powerful, but he’s no match for God.
Finally, understanding God’s power gives us humility. Peter exhorts us, “Humble yourselves … under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6). Apart from God’s gracious power we are nothing and can do nothing (John 15:5).
Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for each of these ways He uses His power for our benefit.
For Further Study: Read Psalm 121. In what ways does God demonstrate His power to us?
“Our Response to God’s Power,” February 14th Devotional, in Strength for Today, by John MacArthur.
Sing: Song List for Sunday
1. “All Creatures of Our God and King,” Arr. Sovereign Grace Music
2. “All Sufficient Merit,” by Shane & Shane
3. “The Lord Is My Salvation,” Arr. Shane & Shane
4. “Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me,” by CityAlight