“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Who wouldn’t want to live a more powerful life? Power is part of our inheritance! But Godly power is not about having power over people. After all, God is all-powerful, yet Adam sinned. Jesus was given all authority in heaven and on earth, yet not all choose to follow him. Part of the Biblical definition of Love is “it does not demand its own way”.  So what does Godly power look like? Here are 3 attributes of power found in the way Jesus lived:

Power Over Sin. 

Sin steals freedom and breaks relationship. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.” The Apostle Paul said it’s like this: “In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” But, “The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord… Because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death… God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” (Read Romans 7-8 for the full version)

Power to be Humble.

Have you noticed how humble the King of kings and Lord of lords is? He gave up all his rights to live among people as a working-class carpenter. Even though he was perfect, he did nothing to distance himself from scoundrels and notorious sinners. He didn’t self-promote or defend his reputation. With all the security that comes from being the Son of the Creator of the universe, he lived free from the opinions of others. He invites us to be that free too! As one preacher said, “the Gospel sets me free from me, so I can be free from you.”

Power to serve and empower others.

Jesus was the miracle-maker, and he says through him we can be too. But we need to know supernatural power is not about building our ministry or becoming “important.”  Jesus, motivated by compassion for people and love for his Father, performed miracles to serve and empower people in need. Sometimes he even said, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” When his disciples were competing for rank in the ministry, he told them they had it all backwards and to knock it off because “Even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

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