The Power Trip

August 20, 2007

I love flying and, fortunately, my recent trip to visit my brother and his family gave me that opportunity. My favorite part is take-off. It is so invigorating. I love the feeling of the engines revving up. The way I am pulled back to my seat as I feel the plane ascend. I am fascinated by the moment when I feel the plane lift up off the ground. I always think of I Thessalonians 4.

When Christ comes back to this earth He will descend with a shout and the dead in Him will rise first. Verse 17 tells us that we who are alive shall be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Each time I looked down over the fields and buildings I thought of this verse.

The power of that Boeing 757 lifting me into the air was a rush, yet it’s nothing compared to the power of my Lord and my God. His power exceeds that of any machine man could ever build.

Ephesians 1:19 speaks of the greatness and might of His power. A couple chapters over in Ephesians 3:20 we are told that His power works in us. Did you know that God can make us powerful? Even the phsically weakest among us have the opportunity to have His power working in them.

God’s power is limitless and abounding. His power protects and keeps us (I Peter 1:5). And if you own a copy of His Word then you own the most powerful book ever written. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that His Word, the Bible, is living, active and sharper than any two edged sword. God isn’t selfish with His power. He freely bestows it on His children.

Through God’s power we have the ability to pray.

As children of God we have the most powerful form of communication: prayer. A direct line to the Creator of the universe is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Through God’s power we have the strength to obey.

Even in times of the up-most temptation; God gives us the power to choose Him. No other can offer such.

Through God’s power we have the privilege to work.

In whatever situation we may find ourselves in, God grants us the power to work for Him. Maybe it’s something small or maybe it’s on a grander scale. Whatever it is, it is magnificent if we’re doing it for Him.

Through God’s power we have the influence to encourage others.

We have an obligation to encourage our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We have a responsibility to our Christian family to uphold our Savior and His Word in any and every situation.

Through God’s power we have the potential to reach the lost.

Nothing else could be more important that sharing what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for His children. How can we keep something so special behind closed doors? It’s time to get up off the pew and get out into the world (Mark 16:15). How can our light shine it if we refuse to come out from underneath the bushel?

Through the power of God we have the capability to:


With God’s power we are truly strong. Not only does He give us power, He showers us with peace, comfort, love, and mercy. What a wonderful Father we have.

True power isn’t found in the world. It isn’t found in a college classroom, in an office on Wall Street, or even in a pulpit standing in front of two thousand people. True power is found in Christ and it’s available, not because of what your last name is, how much money is in your bank account, or where your college diploma is from.

It’s available because He loves you.

Now that’s powerful!

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6 Comments Add your own

  •    Monalea  |  August 20th, 2007 at 4:44 pm     Reply

    Excellent examples. I had never thought about any of this when I have flow. Good points. And you are right about God’s Word and the power it has. I have seen over and over how it changes lives.


  •    preacherman  |  August 21st, 2007 at 4:59 am     Reply

    Excellent post sister.
    I totally agree with monalea that you make good points. Points that we should apply to our lives.

  •    laymond  |  August 21st, 2007 at 2:45 pm     Reply

    Paula, I have flown quite often and once in the air I enjoy it very much. But I can’t help but ask God for a little help on those takeoffs and landings. I ask for smooth takeoffs and soft landings, the in between I can handle.

  •    TREY MORGAN  |  August 23rd, 2007 at 2:44 am     Reply

    I loved your thoughts … but can’t get over the fact that you LOVE flying. Are you kidding me? There’s something so unnatureal about being up in the air at 30,000 feet in an tub going 700 mph.

    I’ll stick to driving…

  •    AncientWanderer  |  August 29th, 2007 at 3:59 pm     Reply


  •    Royce Ogle  |  September 1st, 2007 at 5:11 pm     Reply


    I love your writing style. I fancy myself as a sort of word smith so I appreciate good writing.

    And, this post, as usual for you, has a great message as well.

    Grace to you,
    Royce Ogle

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