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DAY 18: Empower Yourself

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. – Ephesians 6:10

Pull out your Bible with me and turn to Ephesians 1. I want you to read the first 13 verses and each time you see the word “in” I want you to note it (if it were me, I’d circle it). How many did you get? I hope you came up with nine different times. In verses 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 (twice), 11, and 13 (twice), Paul says we are in Him, in Christ, or in the Beloved. Translated, this means we have been actually placed inside Jesus Christ. He has become our realm of existence and the place of our habitation. It means that even though you live on the earth, according to the spirit realm you live in Christ. It’s really important that you understand this so that you get my next point. If you live in Christ, then you have access to everything He does. The same power that lives in Him is residing in you! Paul straight out says it in Ephesians chapter 1. Jump down to verse 19 and 20. Go ahead and read it out loud! Listen to yourself say the words.

Did you hear that? “…exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe!” The King James Version reverses the order from the original Greek. The Greek says, “according to the power of his might.”

Let’s take a closer look at what “power” means here in our text. The word “power” is taken from the Greek word kratos, and it describes a demonstrative power. It means that it’s not just a power that we think about or can imagine but it’s actual power with demonstration.* It’s not a hypothetical power but power that comes with an outward manifestation — one we can actually see with our own eyes. The reason I noted the difference in Biblical versions above is because it’s the identical phrase used in Ephesians 6:10: “power of His might.” With that understanding we see that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power residing in us, or rather that we are residing in.

* Renner, Rick. Sparkling Gems (Page 347) Published 2003. Print.