Colossians 1:11-12, "Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father…”
Do you need more of God’s power in your life? Do you need more of His power to help you mother each day? I have wonderful news for you. As you allow Him, God’s power is working in you mightily. Not ordinary power, but the dunamis power of God, the power of God in action which releases miracles. It is the dunamis power of God which was poured out upon the disciples when they received the Holy Spirit to take the Gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) This is where we get the word dynamite—explosive power!
How easily we become deadened to the knowledge of the truth, the truth of God’s power that works in us. Let’s read some other Scriptures…
Ephesians 1:18-19, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know… what is the exceeding greatness of his power (dunamis) to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead…”
Ephesians 3:16, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might (dunamis) by his Spirit…”
Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power (dunamis) that works in us.”
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power (dunamis), and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Peter 1:3, “According as his divine power (dunamis) hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…”
But we haven’t finished yet! It is not only dunamis power, but God’s glorious power. This is the Greek word doxa which means the perfection of God’s divine nature, the revelation of who He is.
People pray for power to witness for Christ, to heal the sick, and do mighty miracles in the name of the Lord. But let’s read Colossians 1:11 again. What is the purpose of God’s dunamis power working in our lives? To be patient and longsuffering! Wow! Do you have trouble being patient? Are you plagued with anger? You do not have to be defeated any longer. Jesus died on the cross to give you the victory. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did not die in vain. He died to not only save you from your sin, but to deliver you from your self nature and to change you into the image of His Son. His dunamis power is working in you mightily to reveal God’s nature and character in you and through you. To your husband. To your children. To the people you associate with in your life.
Let Him work in you. Allow Him to work in you mightily. Jesus’ blood has been shed to give you a new life. You don’t have to live according to the flesh any longer. You now have the life of Christ with all His divine nature living and working in you. This is the life you now live. Not your old life but your new life.
You can have patience because Christ lives in you and He is patient! You can have longsuffering, because Christ in you is longsuffering. He does not fly off the handle! He does not scream and shout! He has long patience and forbearance. And His wonderful life is living in you! Acknowledge it. Confess it. (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27)
And still we haven’t finished! Not only is Christ living His patient and longsuffering nature in you, but He enables you to do it with joy and thankfulness. Christ in you is joy. In the flesh you live in defeat. But in Christ you can bear your burdens with joy. You can put up and forbear with those who would naturally drive you mad. You can be patient with your children. You can endure as the power of God works in your mightily.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Father, open my eyes to see
Jesus living His life in me!”
The patience of Jesus is in me; therefore I am patient!
Many women like to save these devotions. They print them out and keep them in a folder to read over and over again. Some print them out and pin them on the fridge with a magnet to read through the week.