Power: KNOW AND CLAIM THE POWER OF GOD

Power: Do Not Lead Us Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil

Know and Claim the Power of God

Dear Children,

From my last letter, you learned Satan is powerful, and he is the “ruler of this world.” However, may your heart also listen to this truth as well: God is the Author of power, and He has overcome the world! May you never be without hope.

Now, I have the awesome privilege of trying to explain the power of God. To do this, I want you to close your eyes and take yourself back in time as I remind you of a few Old Testament Bible stories. I have chosen these particular ones simply because I would have loved to have seen, for myself, God’s majestic power displayed in these particular ways:

1. Creation. Can you imagine watching God forming the waves of the sea, or giving the moon and stars their light in the vast universe? Or can you imagine the Creator of life knitting together the intricate details of the first human body; and then, God Himself breathing the first breath of life into him?
  • God’s power still breathes Life into us today.
2. Noah’s Ark. Don’t you think Noah wondered a time or two how he and his family would shut that huge door to the Ark? It had to be heavy and stable enough to hold two of every animal on the earth! Well, God Himself shut the door for them. I would have loved to see the massive ramp go up . . . gently, smoothly, tightly, securely.
  • God’s power is a refuge to us as well.
3. Parting the Red Sea. Think children, what if you were there? What an amazing display of the power of God . . . and to walk between walls of water!
  • If he can divide the Red Sea, can He not divide the sin from a mud-caked heart?
4. David and Goliath. God’s power was in that faithful young boy, and God’s power sailed with that stone?
  • Remember, in the end, the righteous One will always be victorious over the Enemy.

Now, children, I want to turn our focus to the power of Jesus, the Son of God, who is One with God. Keep your eyes closed and imagine you’re with Him. These are some New Testament stories that, again, I would have loved to eye-witness:

1. Feeding the five thousand. An awesome event! How could the five loaves and two fish multiply without the power of Jesus? No way at all; but with Him, nothing is impossible! (Matt. 19:26) They went away full, and satisfied---with twelve baskets left over!
  • Believe Jesus can make you abundantly full of life. He gives, and gives, and gives. . . .
2. Calming the Sea. If I were in the disciples’ boat during that storm-infested night, I would have been absolutely terrified, out-yelling these panic-stricken men (and “losing my lunch” in between screams)! But, Jesus calmed the violent storm with just three words, “Peace, be still.” And immediately, the wind and the waves obeyed Him; they became perfectly calm. Would you not fall at his feet and worship Him after witnessing such amazing power?
  • Believe Jesus has the power to calm the “storms” of your heart today. He will, if you cry outto Him in faith.
3. One Healing Miracle. There were so many great miracles, but I possibly would have chosen to see the healing of the blind man----the one where Jesus spit on the ground, made clay, and put it over the man’s eyes. Jesus then told him to go wash his eyes in the Pool of Siloam. The blind man obeyed His voice and received his sight, seeing life for the very first time.
  • Believe Jesus has the power to make a spiritually blind man see true Life for the first time.
4. Easter Morning. What if you were walking with Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary and you heard with your own ears the greatest truth ever spoken to mankind: He is not here, He is risen! Would your heart have leapt for joy? It can now.
  • Believe Jesus has risen for you today!
I want to end by focusing on the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s power pertains directly to us, the believing Christians, living right now. When Jesus left this earth, He did not leave us as orphans, but He sent The Helper in His place. And His Spirit is one of the Trinity, so He has all the incredible power of the Holy Father, and Christ the Son. He asks us not to quench His Spirit, but to use it. What do you plan to do today with the power He has given you? Here are some things I always hope for in my life:

1. To have the power of His unconditional love. I want to love you, my children, and your daddy, and my parents, and my friends, and my “enemies” the way Jesus Christ loves me.

2. To have the power of self control in all I say and do. So much of the time, I push Him aside and rely on myself. (That, by the way, is quenching the Spirit.)

3. To have the power to speak boldly for Christ. I want my lips to be a fountain of praise, bringing honor and glory to His Name as long as I live.
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4. To have the power to endure all things. I want to run the race with endurance, and to fight the good fight of faith, never losing my hope, no matter what comes my way.

Can I do these things? Can you? Yes, we can! But only if we allow the Holy Spirit to reign in our hearts. Remember, His power is perfected in weakness (II Cor. 12:9), so don’t think you have to have it all together first. That’s a lie from the father of lies, himself. Let God’s awesome power, dear ones,

form you

protect you

remove sin from you

carry you

feed and satisfy you

quiet you

make you “see”

and give LIFE to you forever.

I challenge you to compare the list above with the list of what Satan wants to do to you with his power (from my previous letter); and then, my dear ones, choose your Commander.

I love you
Bold

Teaching Suggestions for “Know and Claim the Power of God”:

1. Talk with your children about the power of God using any of these stories above (or there are many more where those came from!)

2. Represent His power by using your own breath:

fill a sink with water and blow a small “matchbox” boat all around

blow bubbles blow up balloons and keep them in the air together


Continue to talk about the freedom that is found in His power.


3. Now, go back to the previous letter, and repeat Satan’s tactics of captivity by putting the ropes around the child’s wrists (gently, of course---remind them Satan is not so kind!) Ask your child to choose which powerful Commander they would rather have.


Dear Heavenly Father,

May You forever be exalted and praised because of Your awesome power! You are truly so much greater than our Enemy. You have promised to overcome the world with Your presence, Your peace, and Your plan. Thank You, O Holy King of kings.

I pray my children would become completely confident in this mighty power of Yours, dear God. Remind them of the incredible displays of Your authority existing all throughout Your Word:

You can make water pour from rock,

You can cause the sun to stand still:

You can shut the mouths of lions;

You can crush Satan under Your feet.

May this give my children the assurance that when they have you completely reigning over their hearts and minds they too can fight Satan and be victorious. For You, Ruler of Life, are all they need in order to defeat the devil, ruler of this age. You are their Holy One, their Creator, their Redeemer, their Master, and their Friend. May they be assured, You will never leave them nor forsake them as they confront the evil one! May Your truth and Your power make them strong and courageous.

Also, dear Father, I pray my children would become even more confident when they realize Satan is just the opposite of who You are. You are truth, but he has nothing to stand on but lies. And these lies can, and will, come crashing down beneath him if he is attacked by the power of Your Word. May they use this mighty weapon to behead the great serpent of old, I pray. You are the Savior of this world, dear Lord Jesus. May my children claim Your power and be forever victorious in You.

Amen


Your Heavenly Father’s Letter of Love

Genesis 18:14a

Is anything too difficult for the Lord?

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

I John 4:4, 14-15

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. . . . And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

I Thessalonians 5:19

Do not quench the Spirit.

I Chronicles 28:20

Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.

Romans 16:19-20

For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is evil. And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.


Going Deeper Into His Love

Scripture references in letter:

Matt. 28:18; John 16:33; John 20:21-22; Luke 10:19-20; Ps. 62: 5-8; John 11:25-27; John 14: 15-18; I Thess. 5:19; I John 4:4

Scripture references in prayer:

Ps. 89:11-18; Gen. 18:14a; Rom. 16:19-20; James 4:7; I Chron. 28:20; Heb. 4:12-13; I John 4:14-15; John 8:31- 32, compared to John 8:43-47

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