Read with me, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” Romans 1:16-17
“What does Romans 1:16-17 mean for us today? What stands out to me in these verses is that faith and power are two gifts that operate together. The power of God is not dependent on our faith, but faith is required for us to carry out the works and purposes of God. We have been required to put our faith in God’s power to accomplish His purposes. The power of God also accompanies the entire Christ nature, being manifested alongside and in conjunction with joy, peace, strength, doing good and healing the sick, godliness and life. These are the traits in which the Kingdom of God becomes manifest. When we are kingdom minded, we are Christ minded, and that means we are powerful and effective at accomplishing that which He sent us to do. Righteous living is Kingdom living, righteous living is demonstrating His kingdom and reign on the earth, in us. It is important to remember the power we carry. If we understand that He has given us His power freely, we can wield it effectively. If you have been saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, then you have been filled with power, also. God has given us a spirit of power, along with love and self control. A person living a life of love and self control is a powerful person, and a powerful person is the opposite of someone plagued by the victim mentality. We have received the power of God so that we can overcome, we are not left without options or destitute, we have been given power and authority over he works of the enemy. Luke 10:19 reminds us the the prayer of a righteous person has great power. When we come into agreement with what God says about us, we are in right standing with Him, that means our faith pleases Him, this is when our prayers become powerful.
Pray with me, “Lord, forgive me for areas where I have allowed a victim mindset to steal from me, where I have surrendered my power. Please help me live from a place of victory and power. Please remind me that Your power is perfect in my weakness, and that I have received all that I need to overcome. “