As a follower of Christ, you have power. Power you may not be accessing fully.
What if you don’t have to struggle as much as you’ve been struggling? What if there’s a better way, and that way has been made fully available for you, you simply have to choose it. Would you choose it today?
Scripture is filled with stories of God’s spirit empowering his people to do supernatural things. Judges 14:6, “The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon Samson.” Through God’s spirit, Samson did things that were not humanly possible. He killed a lion with his bare hands, that’s not normal. He battled 1,000 men with only the jawbone of a donkey as his weapon. That is not normal! But that’s what God’s spirit does, it empowers us to do totally “not normal” things!
It’s normal to wake up tired, groggy, and generally grouchy … but honey, it doesn’t have to be that way. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. God’s spirit empowers us to do things that aren’t normal.
It’s normal to go home after a rough, exhausting day at work and be edgy and short, and want to bury your face in a bag of cheese puffs and a glass of wine … but my sister, it doesn’t have to be that way. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. Why? Because God’s spirit empowers us to do things that aren’t normal.
It’s normal to avoid hard things and opt for what is easiest and fastest. It’s normal to back down from the true desires of your heart when met with resistance, and settle for what you can have now over what you want most. But guess what, it totally doesn’t have to be this way. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. Why? Again, because God’s spirit empowers us to do things that aren’t normal.
If God can supernaturally strengthen and empower Samson to do things that are not humanly possible, don’t you think he can strengthen and empower you to wake up, show up, do the right thing, with the right attitude, and not quit this time? Don’t you think he can change what has always been normal for you and do something radically different in you?
Oh, I know he can.
In fact, I continually put myself in a position to experience God’s supernatural power to do things that really shouldn’t be possible, just so I can see the full effect of what God has offered me. The result is, I’m completely blown away by God time and time again!
But there was a time when I assumed defeat at the first sign of a challenge. There was a time when I assumed what had always been is what would always be, and what I had always felt would just continue. But then, God opened my eyes to the limits I had allowed in my own life which were holding me back from living all I could really live.
And honestly, that just ticks me off. It ticks me off that I’ve been tricked in the past. Tricked into assuming I couldn’t do hard things. Tricked into believing I couldn’t possibly be good enough or strong enough. I was blindly led into bad moods, poor attitudes, surrendered goals, and generally living a whole lot smaller life than I was capable of. All because I failed to understand God’s spirit strengthens me to do all things through Christ!
Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Through Christ, YOU CAN DO THIS!
Think about this, the power Samson experienced through God’s spirit was not constant. His strengthening was dependent on God’s spirit showing up in the moment. WE ARE NOT LIMITED LIKE SAMSON WAS. Because of Jesus, God’s spirit is a permanent indwelling within us now. We ALWAYS have his spirit, which means we always have his power. We always have his guidance. We always have his strength. We always have the ability to do things that shouldn’t be possible. Things that are totally not normal for us to be able to do, well that’s the stuff we can now do.
Romans 8:11 “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”
The unstoppable spirit of God LIVES in you. When you wake up, his spirit and his power is in you. When you go to work, when you go to school, when you drive with the crazy people on the highway, when you deal with jackwagons, when you are tempted, when you go to bed exhausted and sometimes wake up the next morning not feeling much better, God’s spirit is IN YOU. Constantly.
His power is ALWAYS in you to do what you shouldn’t be able to do. So, why aren’t you doing it? Why are you settling for less? Why are you assuming you can’t? Why are you giving up and giving in?
We’ve put human limits on a supernatural power. What would happen if you lifted your limits and tapped into the full power available to you through the constant dwelling of God’s spirit within you?
Here in Hawaii, with the time difference, I’m getting up at 1 am and hosting this devotional live each morning at 2. Y’all, I’m a morning person, but this is a whole other level of morning. Human limits say that should be absolutely miserable. Human limits say I should be waking up with dread. But I don’t live according to human limits because I’m a girl who carries God’s spirit and supernatural power within me. I tap into that power and show up with energy, clarity, and excitement!
Now, apply that to your circumstances. Take the limits off. Sis, you’ve got living to do and a purpose to step into.
Romans 8: 13-14 MSG “The best thing to do is give (your old do-it-yourself life) a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!”
My old do-it-yourself life would say I can’t possibly show up and do this. That would be miserable. Yuck. I would quickly dismiss myself from the commitment and present an excuse as to why I can’t. Well, I’ve buried that life. Those limits will not be my truth. God’s Spirit beckons me to the things he has for me to do and the places he has for me to go. So, I’m showing up counting on his power. And he’s never failed me yet!
Where have you been assuming it is just normal to struggle? Where have you settled for waking up with dread? Where have you played little? Don’t you feel God’s spirit beckoning you now? Reminding you of the things he has for you to do and the places he has for you to go?
With his spirit dwelling within you, continually strengthening you with the power to do everything through Christ, you can now remove the limits and do things that are totally NOT NORMAL!
It’s not normal for you to be filled with so much peace in a time like this.
It’s not normal for you to wake up in a good mood.
It’s not normal for you to show up to a job you hate with a positive attitude and energy.
It’s not normal for you to love and forgive, and be ridiculously kind to those who don’t deserve your kindness.
It’s not normal for you move forward with confidence, to take the next step when it’s all so uncertain, to keep going when you really want to quit, to dare to believe that you could actually win this time.
But you’re a girl who now knows the power within you to do things that are not normal! The power has always been there, now you’re using it!