That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
When I was little, I remember seeing the super-heros and the like, wishing that I could be like them with their powers. If only I could fly, walk through walls, have x-ray vision, super-human strength. If only there was some greatness that set me apart. If only I could be recognized for that greatness. If only I was feared!
That was one extreme of the little boy's dreams. The other extreme was what I knew to be 'true'. I never would amount to any of that. I never would be able to fly. I never would be able to walk through walls, etc. I never would be admired for any of those things and certainly NEVER feared. In fact, according to some people, I never would amount to much of anything. Some would say I was useless; powerless and worthless.
Then came Jesus.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
So now, I have this power. Only to use it.
The power to heal the sick; see the lame walk; open deaf ears; call forth wealth; open blind eyes and raise the dead.
The power to actually BE victorious.
I don't need to fly or walk through walls; I can go places in the Spirit.
I don't need to have x-ray vision; I can see in the Spirit.
Super-Human strength is unneccessary when you have Holy Ghost Power.
Now there IS a power that sets me apart from the world.
Now, I am recognized ~ by God.
Now, I am feared! - By the devil.
Thank God for His wonderful plan to empower His children with His Spirit.
Now, let's use that same Power to proclaim good news to the poor, liberty to the captives recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
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