Experiencing the Power of God
God’s Power is Not a Feeling – Part VII
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT
That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
To wrap up our week’s discussion that God’s Power is not a feeling, I want us to study one of the many promises Jesus makes to us. In the Gospel of John, Jesus said:
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)
Stop and think about how wonderful this gift is that Jesus wants us to have.
It is a gift that the world cannot give us. It is a gift God reserves for believers of Jesus Christ only. If we do not enjoy this gift, we no longer have the abundant life that Jesus said He came to give us.
Here is the gift: peace of mind and heart that is not dependent on the circumstances of your life.
The world does have a kind of peace, but it is very dependent on the circumstances of a person’s life being tranquil and absent of problems. How often would this kind of peace bless your life? How many days or weeks have you had that you could describe your life as tranquil and free of problems?
Maybe most of us could say that during a long vacation we felt this kind of peace, but other than that, we know life just does not give us a lot of seasons without problems.
Believers in Jesus know that we cannot expect our lives to be without problems. Jesus made that very clear:
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)
I have said several times that God’s power is not something that we feel… it is not an emotion. However, we can sense God’s power when we realize that we have peace even though we face tough problems.
I know that I am going to have problems, even if I do not have any in the moment. But though I do not feel it now, I know that I will be strong enough and will be wise enough to handle all the problems that may come… and that gives me peace of mind and heart!
Even when I think about my death, I have God’s Word that gives me peace:
When Jesus went back to our Father in Heaven, He left us a gift of peace of mind and heart. Are you enjoying His gift? If not, read over these past couple of devotionals again and beforehand ask God to help you internalize these truths and trust in His Word.
You are not facing anything that is too hard for God to solve. He loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11). Trust Him and find rest for your mind and heart.
Father, I know Your Word is truth and that I can trust You. Grant me Your peace of mind and heart as I face my problems. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.