Ephesians 1:19-20 (TLB)
“I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe in Him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…”
I think we all know that we have a power shortage. In our lives, we experience power shortages almost every day but we don’t have to.
Romans 7:18 (PHILLIPS) states; “I often find that I have the will to do good, but not the power.”
I have good intentions is what he is saying, I meant to do that; I knew I should have done that; I knew I should have witnessed to that person; I knew I should have ministered to that person. I know I should be in the word and praying. The apostle Paul said, I have the will to do good, I want to do good, but not the power.
Romans 7:19 (TLB); “…No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to but I can’t.”
Here Paul is describing his life in the flesh. His life living dependent on the old man. He is allowing his old man, his human nature, to come back and rule his life even though he has trusted Jesus as Savior, he is allowing his old man that is crucified to come back and dictate to him. Now he doesn’t have to do this, but that is what he is allowing. He said, “I can’t make myself do right.”
Jesus said, “…Without Me, you can do nothing (John 15:5).”
And Philippians 2:13 (PHILLIPS); “…For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose.”
Paul said, I have the will to do good, but not the power.
But here is the option in Philippians 2:13, “For God is at work within you, giving you the will and power.”
Paul said in my old man, I have the will but not the power, but God will give you the will and the power. Now if you put the will and the power together you have willpower but it is not your power or your will but it is God’s will and God’s power.
God will give you the will and the power to achieve His purpose. The psalmist said, “I am worn out O Lord; have pity on me! Give me strength; I am completely exhausted and my whole being is deeply troubled… (Psalm 6: 2- 3, GNT).”
It is not unusual for a believer to find themselves in this predicament, worn out, completely exhausted, and dull. Now is the time for a fresh infilling from the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 2:11 (TLB) moans; “But I looked at everything I had tried, it was all so useless, a chasing of the wind, and there was really nothing worthwhile anywhere.”
He said I looked on my life and what I was doing in my efforts and I had nothing to show for my life.
The good news is God can give us the power to renew our strength. Isaiah 40:28-29; 31(GNB) reminds us; “…The LORD is the everlasting God…. He never grows tired or weary… He strengthens those who are weak and tired… But those who trust the LORD for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.