Excuses | Devotion 1: “I Have the Power”
Pastor Jayson Combs
I am an eighties kid. I would turn on the TV and watch “StarSerach.” I would watch shows like “Double Dare” and “You Can’t Do That On Television.” Girls wore banana clips in their hair, and I had one of those cool wrist bands that you could slap on your wrist (that was until some kid cut himself with it and we lost them all). My favorite show though was “He-man.” If you come into my office today, you will see my childhood He-man figures on a shelf. He-man would transform from a cowardly man when he would say the words “I have the power,” while holding up his sword. He would change into the great superhero that I loved.
At the beginning of Exodus, Moses has been told by God to go save the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. Moses basically turned to God and said I do not have the power to do that. In verse 1 of chapter 4, Moses says, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” Moses felt powerless.
Through the next few verses, we see God showing Moses who actually has the power. I know in my walk with Christ there are times I have been scared and felt powerless. However, it is in those times where we can really come to understand who has the power. God has called all believers to go into the world and preach the Gospel. There have been times when I have felt so powerless when giving the Gospel. God clearly tells in His words that it is not through the words that we have but through His power that people are saved. In 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (NIV) it says, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Salvation was not because Paul was an amazing man with words. Salvation was and is because God moves with power. In 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV), it says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
I am so glad that God reaches down and through His power and uses me. I only have that power because of Jesus. Today when you feel powerless, remember to tune to Christ and ask Him for the power to live the life that He has called you to live.