Dr. Paul Perkins

Following In The Way of Jesus

Power That Moves You

Do you know what happens when you plug in an electrical cord and one of the frayed ends is touching the metal bench you’re working on? I haven’t felt that much energy coarse through my body since...let’s just say a long time. My arm ached a little as well as my chest. Even my Apple Watch was smoking (just kidding). You would have thought I’d be a little more careful, since minutes before I created a small electrical explosion and tripped the breaker switch. I think I will take a break from the lamp for a while.

My prayer is that God’s Spirit will come on me with that kind of power. The kind of power that makes your heart pound, your chest hurt, and fills you with more awe and wonder that you know what to do with. Jesus promised that kind of power to his disciples. 

  • “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

And it happened, at Pentecost, the disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, were driven into the streets, where they preached the gospel of Jesus. We have that power, you know. Sometimes the Spirit hits you like a ton of bricks, but definitely He enters quietly at the moment of Salvation. Either way the power is ours. 

  • “That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph. 3:16).

We, also, have regular access to the power of God, but most of the time we turn away from it. We’re afraid of it, and hope that He will pass us by.  Fear grips us because we don’t know what he will call us to do. The power of the Spirit might drive us into the streets or send us around the world. 

  •  “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control“ (2 Timothy 1:7).

That’s the kind of power I want. I want self-control, so I can order my life and serve God better.  Then I want to love in such a way that lives will be touched and people healed. I want a Spiritual jolt of electricity that might not be pleasant, but it gives me new insight into my world. Let’s pray that God will give us an understanding of our faith that is electrifying and will awaken a desire to deepen our lives in Jesus. 

I am bound and determined to finish that Ohio State lamp/clock. This time I’ll be more careful. I’m just saying... 

 Waiting for the face. 

Waiting for the face. 

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