When we cave to selfish desires, we deny (reject) the power available to us

Finding the Power
Refusing Power – Part 2

Scripture Reading:  2 Timothy 3:1-9

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:5a

…having a form of godliness but denying its power.

As we continue our study of the Apostle Paul’s phrase, “having the form of godliness but denying its power,” let’s look at the word “denying.”  The Greek word arneomai suggests a rejecting—to refuse something offered.  In other words, God is making an offer and the people are intentionally refusing His offer.

            God is generous with His power.  He wants us to enjoy a fully charged spiritual battery.  In Ephesians 3:16 Paul prays for the Ephesians, letting us know that out of God’s “glorious riches” He will strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.  In Ephesians 3:20, Paul tells us that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us.  Finally, we read in Colossians 1:11 that we can be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might.  These verses make it clear that when someone is operating their life with a form of godliness but lacking power, it is not God’s fault.  That person is denying—intentionally rejecting—the power offered to them.

            As we face challenges to our faith—temptations to sin or accept “good” over the “best—lean on God’s power.  When we cave to selfish desires, we deny (reject) the power available to us.  Say yes to God and experience His power.

Father, remind me to rely on your power rather than my own.  When I feel weak, help me trust your strength.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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