"Now to Him that is of Power to establish you according to His gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.” Romans 16:25-26
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of [God’s] Vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” This statement was written by the late Poet Audre Lorde; I took the liberty of replacing her word “my,” with the word “God”. We have to assume when Ms. Lorde wrote this statement she was referring to her own vision for her life. However, the word powerful seems more profound and fortified with God in the text.
When we are given the power to step out of the ordinary to embrace the higher aspects of ourselves, we can opt to be fearful, or dare to embrace the possibilities of life and run with it. Throughout the Bible there are examples of those who chose to embrace God’s power in their lives, simply to find enough trouble to fulfill multiple chapters and verses. Yet endure they did, embracing the process and fulfilling their purpose. God never said it would be easy, He said, “My Grace/strength is sufficient unto thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
There are some aspirations you will have that, unbeknownst to you, are divinely inspired; times when you simply are not certain how you came to want a particular thing for your life, yet somehow the dream lives and burns in the depths of your soul, waiting to be fed, nurtured, and birthed in the reality of your existence. Do you dare to fulfill its calling, or do you simply fear its strength, cower into yourself, and vanish?
There will come a time when you are summoned to use your strength in the service of God’s vision, and you will have to decide whether you have one or the other; overwhelming fear immobilizing God’s vision for your life, or enough over-powering faith to conquer your fears and put the vision in motion. L.
Study Reference: Romans 16:25-26
From: "Power to Endure." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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