Last year I
gave my six-year-old daughter, Amanda, a small, decorative box. Inside it I put
a small piece of jewelry that she had been wanting for a long time. When she
unwrapped the gift and saw the box, she squealed and remarked on every detail.
“Oh, Mommy, this is so beautiful! Look at the pink roses and the painted
ribbons, and see how tiny the gold lock is. This is the prettiest box I’ve ever
She was about to put the box away in her room when I said, “Amanda, open it up.”
“Oh, thank you, Mommy! The pearl necklace I wanted!” she squealed as she ran off to put it on.
I sat there thinking, She would have been happy with just the pretty box. And then I thought of how our heavenly Father gives us gifts, and often we don’t unwrap them or possess all He has for us because we don’t see them or we don’t realize they are there for us or we don’t ask for them. We let His gifts sit unopened.
power is a gift for us to use, among other things, for the healing of our souls,
and anyone wanting emotional health and restoration must have access to it.
God wants you to know the “exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19), so He can “strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Ephesians 3:16 niv). You can’t conjure up, take, or demand God’s power; you can only receive it from Him. Oswald Chambers says that God’s purpose for me is “that I depend on Him and His power now.” By depending on God’s power instead of your own, you are fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.
If you feel powerless and weak in the face of your circumstances, then thank God that even though you are weak, He is not. He says,
My strength is made perfect in weakness. — 2 Corinthians 12:9
Just as Jesus was crucified in weakness and lives in all power now, the same is true for us if we come to Him in weakness. Our power comes from the Holy Spirit working in us. Jesus told His disciples,
You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. — Acts 1:8
We are always in need of a fresh flow of the Holy Spirit. Ask for one daily. Every morning, say, “God, I need a fresh flow of Your Holy Spirit power working in me this day. I am weak, but You are all-powerful. Be strong in me this day.” This is a power-full prayer of blessing.
What good is God’s power to you if you never receive and use it? Open the gift of power and blessing He has given you. Your life depends on it.