Key to Strength Is Found in Christ

Strength and Power in Christ

Do you feel powerless as a Christian? The way to change from one who can do nothing to one who can do “all things” is found in the juxtaposition of two verses from the New Testament. The first is found in the gospel of John, Chapter 15. Verse 5 says this:

“I am the vine, you [are] the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

The second verse is Philippians 4:13, it says:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13 NKJV)

Unless we abide in Christ, we can do nothing, but through Him, we can do it all. So how do we “abide in Christ?” What does that mean? Go back and read the entire fifteenth chapter of John. There are clues there to help you abide in Christ.

The first clue is in verse 3. Jesus tells His disciples that they are clean because of the word He has spoken to them. Paul also speaks of this cleansing power of the word in Eph. 5:26:

… that He might sanctify and cleanse her (the church) with the washing of water by the word, (Eph 5:26 NKJV)

So the first clue to cleansing, spiritual power is:

  1. Spend time daily with Christ reading His word.

By regularly reading the scriptures we learn of God’s purposes and receive His power to accomplish those purposes, or as Jesus puts it, “bear fruit.”

The second clue from John 15 is in verse 7:

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7 NKJV)

So as we are learning to abide in Him and reading His word, we must also learn dependence and submission to Him. This is accomplished through asking for our daily bread.

  1. Spend time daily with Christ in prayer.

We become powerful and strong by asking for that strength in a regular time of prayer. Again, Paul adds to our understanding of what Jesus says:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. (Eph 6:12 NKJV)

As we seek power for our lives, we find it not in our bulging biceps, but on our knees.

The third clue to spiritual power in John 15 is in verse 26:

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26 NKJV)

Since Jesus has ascended to heaven, he abides there. If we are to abide with Him, we must walk closely in the Spirit while we are on earth.

  1. Walk in the Spirit of truth and love always.

As we learn God’s purposes and ask for the strength to accomplish those purposes, we would certainly be remiss if we failed to do those purposes. Walking in the Spirit means, at least partly, doing the things that Jesus tells us to do. And the primary thing we are told to do is love one another.

So this is our conclusion. We can feel powerless to accomplish God’s purposes in this life. The key to gaining that power is abiding in Christ. We gain power when we abide in Him through reading His word, seeking his provision in prayer, and walking in His Spirit. Do these things and you will truly be “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

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