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Sunday, January 3, 2016
How to Get God’s Power in Your Life BY RICK WARREN — JANUARY 3, Sunday
“God gives power to those who are tired and worn out, and he offers strength to the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29 NLT, second edition)
When you believe in Jesus, you get God’s strength for daily living.
I used to think this wasn’t a big deal. But I’ve realized that for most people the number one problem in life isn’t worry or fear or guilt or bitterness. Their number one problem is weariness.
I talk to people all the time who say, “I’m just so tired all the time. I can’t get it all done. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
The reason why you’re tired all the time is you have a power shortage. And the reason you have a power shortage is because you’re not plugged in to God’s power. You’re trying to live your life on your power alone.
There’s no way you can fulfill your purpose in life without being plugged in to God’s power. A toaster unplugged is worthless. A blender unplugged is worthless. A vacuum cleaner has no purpose if it’s not plugged in to the power source.
Isaiah 40:29 says, “God gives power to those who are tired and worn out, and he offers strength to the weak” (NLT, second edition).
You need God’s power in more ways than you realize. Paul says it like this: “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me” (Philippians 4:13 TEV).
This is not positive mental attitude. This is not self-help psychology. This is not pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps thinking. No. This is supernatural power.
What are the “all conditions”? The power to handle loneliness when you’re lonely. The power to handle stress when you’re under pressure. The power to handle guilt and fear and boredom and bitterness and rejection. The power to handle financial disaster. The power to handle health crises. The power to handle a relational predicament.
Where does that power come from? It comes from God — when you believe in Jesus Christ.