John 19:11 No Real Self Power Over You

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Power is something that a lot of people think that they have in and of themselves. Controlling people is what they love to do. Many will use their positions to control people, while others will use physical force.

With both of these ways of controlling people, the feeling that they are the ones who have the authority and power to do so is true for both.

Pilate asked Jesus if He realized that he had the power to crucify Him. Jesus told him that the only power he has was given from God.

God is the Creator who created everything and every person on this planet and in this universe. Since He is the Creator of everything, then He is also the only one with real power.

In and of himself, man does not have any abilities or power at all, and neither do the demonic powers of this earth. Every ability, whether good or bad, is given by God.

It is common for many believers to have struggles with other people on this earth. Those who are in ‘authority’ make life difficult for believers, trying to tell them what they can and cannot do. Since this occurs, many believers get angry with God because of these people.

God uses every person and every situation for the building up of His people. This may mean that a difficult leader is in the life of a believer causing problems. God has allowed that person to do something to build His follower up.

Instead of fighting back, the believer must trust in God and do what He says. God used Pilate to crucify Jesus to save the world.

You have leaders in your life that are difficult to be around. They appear to make your life miserable. One thing to remember is that person in your life only has the power and authority that God has given him.

Seek to understand how God is using that person in your life. Also seek to know how you can be a witness to that person. Outside of the authority that God gave that person, he has no real power.

Do not fear that person, but trust God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the control God has in this world; that you will understand the authority God gives all people; and that God will help you remove all fear of people.

John 12:15 The King Is Coming

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:15

Most people have days that are filled with struggles and complications. They are not sure how to deal with various situations in their life and are looking for guidance to help them through it.

People are always looking for a victorious leader to come in and save the day. Some want to be that leader, but most are looking for someone else to do the job, because they don’t really know how to do it themselves.

As Jesus was riding into town on a donkey, Zechariah was quoted. Jesus was seen as the king coming in on a donkey’s colt and that the people were not to be afraid.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, it was a time when Rome was the major power. It appeared as though the Israelites were losing and God was not doing anything.

In the same way, believers are looking around them today and seeing all kinds of turmoil and distress. It appears as though the world is falling to sin and God is losing the battle. The enemy appears to be stronger than ever and winning the war.

God is ready to ride into the life of every person who chooses to believe in Him and trust Him with his life. He has the power to overcome any sin and difficulty in the life of a believer.

One does not need to fear the enemy or what the world is doing. Jesus will ride in to help the believer in any and every situation. Some day Jesus will come riding in on a horse as The King to finish the battle started in Garden of Eden.

Until then, every believer must trust God and not be afraid in the day to day battles.

You have an enemy that is out to destroy you. The enemy wants you to be afraid, very afraid. However, as a believer, you have a king who is riding in to take control. God is willing to lead you to victory.

Jesus rode in to go to His death to be able to gain victory over sin and remove sin from your life. Trust that He will ride in again today to give you the needed victory. He is not riding in to condemn or destroy you, but to build you up.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God riding in to strengthen you and win your battles; that you will see God as your Victor; that God will help you overcome fear of the enemy; and that you will have victory in Jesus.

Matthew 8:26 Are You Afraid?

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26

Fear is something that most people have to deal with in their lives. What a person is afraid of can be unlimited number of things.

Often people are afraid of something that is occurring in their lives that they cannot control. This becomes especially true when the thing that is not controlled can be physically dangerous in some way.

No one wants to be injured or hurt in anyway, so they become afraid of something. Jesus and the disciples were in a boat, when a great storm came up, threatening the capsizing of the boat. Out of fear the disciples woke Jesus. He said they were of little faith, then calmed the storm.

Just as many in the world get afraid of events, believers take their eyes off of God and become afraid. They are quick to forget all that God has already done in the past and in their own lives. All that is seen is the immediate danger that is looming right in front of them.

Faith in God requires that one believes what God has said and then acting according to what God has said.

For a person to become a believer in Jesus, he must have some faith that Jesus has risen from the dead and has the power to forgive and save him. If Jesus can raise from the dead, then He has the ability to do anything. To deny that Jesus can meet a need in one’s life, is to deny that He rose from the dead.

When a dangerous situation arises, all one has to do is have faith in what God can do, rather than live in fear of the situation.

Think for a moment of all the things God has already done in your life. Take another moment to think about what God has already done in history. If God can do all these things, He can continue to take care of you in every situation.

Instead of living in fear, trust or have faith that God will take care of you in what you may be going through right now.

God may rebuke the winds and calm your storm. Or He may bring you safely through the storm in your life. Either way you will win with God on your side.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God can do for you; that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will not fear any situation in your life; and that you keep your eyes upon God and not the storms in your life.

Revelation 11:17 Give Thanks–He Reigns

saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Revelation 11:17

Over time there have been many different people rise in power to reign as leaders over a nation. Some of those leaders were good leaders that the people enjoyed having. Others were tyrants that the majority of people feared.

Although there have been many different leaders, none have lasted forever and none have complete absolute control. Nor have any of them been able to control the entire world at once.

In John’s vision he sees the elders bowing down and worshiping God. As they did this, they were giving thanks because God had taken His great power and began to reign.

Looking around the world, a believer may wonder sometimes if God is really in control. The amount of sin that is rampant and being promoted makes it appear as though God has left the earth and the believers on their own. Evil appears to have the upper hand in all the nations.

God is patient and allowing the world to run its course. There is coming a day when He will end His patience and begin to judge the world. At that time there will come destruction greater than has ever been seen upon the earth. Every person, believer or non-believer will know and see the hand of God working it all.

Until that day, every believer needs to allow God to reign in his own life. Then he can give God thanks that He is reigning in his own life.

As God reigns in the personal life, one will see that He is reigning in the world also. This can give a peace that passes understanding and strength for the days to come.

God has a plan for your life, but He must be given absolute control. He has to be the reigning authority in your life, not your boss, yourself or anyone else. Do not fear the temporary powers that appear to be in control but are not.

When God reigns, you will see Him do great and mighty things in and through you for His kingdom.

As you see God reigning in your life, give Him thanks. Thank Him for knowing what to do and how to do it. Thank Him for the control and power that He has.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to reign in your life; that you will allow God complete control over all that you say, think and do; that you will give God thanks for His reigning power; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life and this world.

Revelation 1:8 He Just IS

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Throughout the history of the earth there have been people who thought that they were the most important. Some would act as if they had absolute power over everything and everyone. Others would act as though they are the best at what they do.

Regardless of how much they did, every one of them had eventually died. They only existed for a short time in light of history.

As John opens his letter of revelation of what God shows him, he quotes God. God says that He is the Alpha and Omega and that He always was and always will be.

With the finite mind of mankind, people try to put God in a box. They cannot comprehend that God always was and will continue to always be. With God saying that He is the Alpha and Omega, He is saying that He was at the beginning to start everything, and that He will be at the end to end it all.

Although this is beyond full comprehension of people, it can give the believer a comfort and peace beyond anything this world can offer.

In knowing that God was at the beginning and started everything, can give the believer a peace that God has a purpose for his life. He can see order in everything, rather than just chaos or random chance, as the world sees it.

Along with knowing the beginning, he can also know that God will be at the end, Jesus will return. There is an eternal life to look forward to after all of the momentary struggles this life on earth offers.

Knowing who God is can give the believer strength, hope, peace and comfort during this troublesome life on earth.

As you are going through your days, you may wonder why you are here or who is in control. Step back a moment and realize who God is. Notice that He is and always was and always will be.

God created you with an eternal purpose that starts here on earth in this life and goes into eternity. He started everything and will end it all at the right time.

Trust God with your whole life and see what He can and will do in you and with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know who God is; that you will know that God is in complete control; that you will know the peace God provides; and that you will know what God has for you to do with your short life on this earth.