But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
—Romans 15:29, NKJV
This is a bold statement that Paul made! Paul had no doubt that he would walk in the fullness of God’s power. Do we believe that God also wants us to walk in His fullness and power? Paul believed it and acted by faith on it. According to our faith, we receive, Jesus said (Matthew 9:29). Are will willing to exercise this kind of faith?
Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit is something that doesn’t happen by chance. It is a choice to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. Some people believe the Holy Spirit turns on and off His power when He chooses. God is always available, and His power is always available. We are the ones who are on and off with Him. When we choose His life within us, we can be certain that the power of God that has been given to us in Christ will flow. Our responsibility is to stir up the gift that is in us (2 Timothy 1:6).
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
—Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV
God’s plans for us are only good. The evil that comes against us doesn’t come from Him. When we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can trust for good results. There is hope and an expected future. In Romans 15:29, Paul said he knew when he came to the Romans, that he would come in the fullness of God’s blessing of the gospel. It was what Paul expected. And according to what Paul believed and expected, he moved in the power of God.
Is it possible to believe and move in the fullness of the Holy Spirit like Paul? Of course! He was human, too, with a less than perfect life. But Paul believed in the unending Resurrection power that was always within him. The faith of Christ within him was alive and stirred Him to act on what he believed.
We don't call the power down. We stir up the gift we have been given—His life and power within.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
—Ephesians 3:20, NKJV
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