For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NASB
As we look at the world, it is hard not to notice massive problems. It can be easy to become discouraged and overwhelmed. Even to feel complacent. In this environment, the words we speak are important. But we must never forget the importance of God’s power.
Paul urged the Corinthians to realize that God’s power is central to His Kingdom. The demonstrations of this power provide proof that God is still on His throne and actively involved in human affairs. They prove that the Gospel is true that our faith is not an empty religion or a set of rules, but rather a relationship with the living God.
The early church grew when God’s power was manifested. When the sick were healed and there were extraordinary miracles. No one could argue with supernatural power like that. It challenged the skeptics and changed the destiny of nations. It gave hope to the desperate, peace to the troubled, and joy to the weary.
When the Kingdom of God comes in power, we experience a realm that is supernatural, beyond human understanding. It’s a kingdom where the Spirit of God is demonstrated in action. The Bible promises that God’s power is as real today as it was in the early church, and you have full access to all of this power. Yet to be empowered in this way, you need the Holy Spirit flowing in your life.
Right now, cry out to God for His power. Seek to be filled with His Spirit. Be ready to step out in faith. Be ready to let that power flow through you to people around you. Prepare to bring more of His Kingdom to your world.
PrayerFather, I seek more of Your power. Fill me with Your Spirit. Give me boldness and opportunities to exercise my faith. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Extended Reading1 Corinthians 4