Posted by: judyhitson | May 15, 2021

The Power of God’s Word

The Power of God’s Word
by Judy Hitson

Hebrews 4:12 New Living Translation For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Let us take to heart God’s word and the power available to us to apply His word to our daily lives.

One way God speaks to us is through His word. There are two songs on video that I am soaking in the lyrics, “Word of God Speak” by Mercy Me and “Word of God” by Brenton Brown. Check them out if you are not familiar with them.

When I came to know the Lord, the two most powerful ways God spoke to me was through Contemporary Christian music on radio and through His word. By the power of His word, He saved me from religion to a personal love relationship with Him. Thank You Jesus! I think of Hebrews Chapter 6  and titles in different translations that pierce my heart to mature in Christ. For example,
“The Danger of Falling Away,” “The Peril of Not Progressing,”  and “Moving on to Deeper Truth.”

The word  of God is alive and powerful.

Have you experienced reading the Bible and at times it is like the words are lifting off the page speaking to you? That to me is the power of God’s Word speaking to us by His Spirit. Thank God for speaking to us through His word for a time is coming that God will send a famine for hearing His word (Amos 8:11).

We are familiar with the term “Activities of daily living.” For spiritual application, apply: Ps. 119:105 NLT Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light to my path.

  An illustration of this verse was used by a former Sunday school teacher. He had us stand outside the classroom. Opening the door from inside, he had us file into a pitch black room. We could not see a thing. A sudden flash of light blinded me;  I had to close my eyes. When I opened them, the light was shining on the floor like a path to follow. He taught the importance of God’s word for our lives and how to share it with others, not to blind them like a flashlight in their eyes but like a lamp to follow God’s path for their lives.   

Prayer: Thank You God for Your written word, preserved through the centuries, for men to have opportunity to see You, to hear You, to know You. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | May 3, 2021

Transformational Power

Transformational Power

by Brenda D. Flowers

Since I was a child, I have been intrigued by amazing transformations in nature.  A tadpole changing to a frog, a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, and an acorn growing to be an oak tree are three examples of transformations that captured my attention.

 Innately, I knew these mysteries pointed to an Intelligent Designer. I trusted God as Creator at an early age.

The mysteries of creation still capture my attention.

Looking at an acorn and knowing it has the potential to become a massive oak tree is still mind boggling to me.

What is even more amazing is realizing God’s transformational power abides in me. God’s Word is clear:

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new…. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:17 & 21)

When we trust Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we become new creations. Think about His power that transforms us.

God intentionally designs us and empowers us for great purpose. His power transforms us through our life circumstances to become more and more like Jesus.

How is God’s transformational power evident all around and within you?

We can trust His Words to us regarding our transformation:

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3: 17-18)

What a beautiful mystery!

Posted by: judyhitson | April 21, 2021

God’s Power for Believers

God’s Power for Believers
by Judy Hitson

Ephesians 1:19 NKJV and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

Two car accidents, look at the contrast, one illustrates the power of God in my life, while the other displays a fleshly reaction.

It was a crisp, cool December morning in 2006, my husband was driving on the Natchez Trace toward Hohenwald, TN for an appointment. I was sitting in the backseat writing Christmas cards. Suddenly, the car was swerving, my husband fell asleep at the wheel. I shouted, “Jesus, Help!”

The car veered off the left side of the road down a steep, sloped hillside. Cards flew in the air as my startled husband attempted to maneuver the car in a safe position. Thank God there was no oncoming traffic as we crossed the lane of traffic that would be coming in the opposite direction.

Two men stopped to help us. As Jack and the men stood  with their backs to the front of our car discussing how they would get us back on the road, another man stopped his truck and came down the ravine to the driver’s seat of our car. Frightened at his presence as I was still in the backseat, he said, ”I can get your car back on the road.” He did! This was a miracle! Surprised, stunned and afraid, I looked at him as he got out of the car and said, “You are going to be OK. I have got to be on my way now.” He left in his truck.

My husband and the two men must have been startled when they looked up hearing me call Jack and see the car back on the road.  The car made strange noises but we made it to the appointment and back home an  hour away. We thank God for keeping us safe that day and providing help in our time of need. There was extensive damage to the car but a mechanic repaired it that we still use it for short distances.

On February  2, 2017 Jack was driving us home from a visit with family in Sweetwater, TN. We were on the interstate in the left lane of traffic going 70 MPH. I saw from the front passenger side of the car, a car attempting to pull in front of us at a high rate of speed. I shouted, “Jack, he is going to hit us!” He did! He sped away after he slammed our car against the center, cement divide. As I prayed, there was a realization, it was a miracle our car didn’t flip over and that we walked away from the accident. The man with a tow truck came on the scene and told us the axle rod bent preventing us from moving the car away from oncoming traffic. I still wonder what would have happened had I first shouted, Jesus, Help!

The experience of these two accidents remain fresh in my mind with the profound lesson that God’s power is readily available for believers to access.

I close with Paul’s prayer and words for believers from Eph. 1:19 The Passion Translation,
I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! …..

Posted by: judyhitson | April 7, 2021

It is Finished

It is Finished 
by Brenda D. Flowers

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19: 28-30 NKJV)

Do we recognize the full implications of these words and the power hidden within them?

Our Heavenly Father loved humanity so much that He was willing to send His Son on a great mission to reconcile humanity back into right relationship with Him. But His Son had a choice of whether to accept the mission or not. Before coming to earth to take on human flesh, God counted the cost. 

Jesus willingly accepted the mission to be humanity’s kinsman Redeemer. 

His mission to save lost humanity involved great humility and sacrifice. He had to leave his heavenly Home, be born in human flesh as a baby and grow up in a sinful world, tempted in every way as we are …yet without sin. 

To restore humanity to God’s kingdom, Jesus had to fulfill the will of His Father. 

 Each word written of the coming Messiah had to be completed perfectly in His actions and words. Jesus knew he would have to diligently pray for guidance and strength. He had to depend upon Holy Spirit during His mission. 

Before the Son of God came to rescue us, He knew He would have to die as a perfect sacrifice as the Lamb of God. He had to take all the sins, sicknesses, iniquities of mankind in His body, suffering unimaginable agony and shame.

Jesus loved mankind beyond our comprehension to willingly accept this mission. 

It would have been an impossible mission for anyone but God. 

When we read John’s Gospel account, we gain the great revelation of who Jesus truly is, the Word of creation, fully God who became fully man. Jesus came to earth sacrificially for you and me. 

Did Jesus succeed in His mission?

The words Jesus proclaims on the cross were spoken with authority, the authority God the Father gave to Him. The Greek word tetelestai is translated “It is finished” but its root meaning is “paid and continuing to pay in full.” Jesus paid the full price for our redemption. He paid our sin debt.

Jesus’ life was not taken from Him. He gave His life willingly.

 Are we willing to lay down our lives and follow Him daily? 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for fulfilling Your mission on earth. Help us to daily take up our cross and follow You. We praise You for the power to complete the work you’ve called us to do. In Your mighty name, Jesus, we pray.  Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | March 22, 2021

Fire and Power of God

Fire and Power of God
by Judy Hitson

Matthew 28:18 KJV And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Quiet down a moment.
Consider now as a Christian, “Christ in you the hope of glory,” Col. 1:27.
Think about it. With Christ in you, all power is given to you through Christ in heaven and in earth.
Let that sink in.
Getting hold of this spiritual truth is powerful, for you and for all of us in the body of Christ.

Recently, I was startled to walk in the kitchen and find flames of fire rising from an iron skillet with burning bacon and grease. How foolish of me to think I could leave the room and return to turn over the bacon. I screamed out, “Jesus! Help! Fire! Have mercy on me!”

I heard the word, “Smother!” 

In a flash, I placed the closest thing, a plastic plate, to cover the skillet. I reached in the cabinet under the stove to get a lid big enough to cover the skillet. The plastic plate was burning, flames were escaping.

This experience was frightening and a challenge to smother the fire with a lid while pulling out the burnt plastic plate. All the while I drew close to the Lord, crying out for His guidance.

Smoke filled the kitchen and went through the house with the foul odor of burning plastic and grease.

Praise God for His mercy and power to help me and spare us of a house fire.

My husband and I cleaned the mess and cleared the air with fans and open doors. In a few hours the smoke was gone. However, our grandchildren arrived to spend the afternoon with us and asked what smelled so bad.
We didn’t notice it, but realized the foul odor lingered for others to notice.

It came to mind that we may have spiritual fires to put out. Examples in my life are fires of anxiety, fears, doubts and anger. Each time, by faith, I call on the Lord for His peace. He answers by His Spirit of power, love and sound mind to put these fires out.

By the Holy Spirit, we can experience the power of God in our lives day by day, moment by moment. Let us keep our focus on our Lord and God, Jesus Christ. He hears and answers our prayers.

Prayer: Father in heaven, praise and thanksgiving to You in Jesus name for Your power to put out fires in our lives by Your Spirit. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | March 8, 2021

Power Perfected in Weakness

Power Perfected in Weakness
by Brenda D. Flowers

During this past year from March, 2020-March, 2021, we all experienced new and very challenging circumstances in our world. We had to navigate uncharted territory. It hasn’t been easy facing the unknown.

We needed strength to persevere.

For many years, I have journaled. I love writing my ideas, creative thoughts, and special memories. I enjoy keeping prayer journals, too, where I record my prayers and the answers I receive from the Lord.

But this past year, my journaling was different.

God encouraged me to express my honest questions and struggles…to be real with Him.

This is what Paul did as recorded in 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 (NKJV):   

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.   
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

My Prayer Journal this year was a safe place where I recorded my prayers and what God was teaching me through difficult circumstances and times of waiting. It was also a place where I listed the ways God met my needs and blessed me.

I daily expressed my heartfelt thanksgiving in a special section of the journal.

When I am willing to honestly write down my struggles or questions, giving them to God in prayer, I discover the truth of God’s leading. He provides comfort and answers in the scriptures.

I am impressed by the timeliness of God’s words to me.

 He prepares me to face today’s challenges by His guidance.

In the natural or physical realm, we often gain power by what we do. For example, when we exercise, we strengthen our physical bodies and build our stamina. We grow in the ability to tackle physical challenges through discipline and exercise, gaining power in our physical bodies to accomplish greater feats. Exercising our bodies improves our physical strength.

Daily spending time in honest communication with God is key for building the strength or power to overcome. As I am willing to humbly express my weaknesses, casting them on Him in the pages of my prayer journal, I grow spiritually.

Recently, I asked this question, “What have I learned this past year through the difficult circumstances I experienced and what have You taught me, Lord?”

He showed me… I learned to depend more and more on Him each day and not on myself. I  learned when I am weak, He gives me strength. These are not just words I read in the scriptures, but they are words I experienced. God gives me power to carry on with joy in my heart. He is transforming me to be more like Christ.

Prayer:  Thank You, Lord, for Your strength as we trust You with our weaknesses. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | February 26, 2021

Rivers of Living Water

Rivers of Living Water
by Judy Hitson

John 7:37b-39a NASB ……..37b Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” 39a But this He said in reference to the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive;

The power of the Spirit with Rivers of Living Water are words the Lord confirmed to my heart to write. A visual contrast came to mind of a river with a constant flow of water and a Colorado lake with a standing body of water. This gave a perspective of the Spirit flow in and through us who believe in Jesus Christ.

How can this be except by the power of God in us?

Jesus said, “for apart from Me you can do nothing,” John 15:5c.

 Years ago longing to walk and live in the Spirit, John 15:5c was part of my Bible reading. I said, Jesus apart from You I can do nothing? How can I abide in You for a fruitful life in the Spirit? Many times I feel my words are void of Your Spirit. I come to You, my Lord and my God, for You also say,” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)

From that time until now and beyond, I continue to learn of our vital need of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is powerful.

A river needs a continuous flow of water for nourishment. Yet, in seasons of drought, there can be dry river beds.  As a river needs a continuous flow of water, we need a continuous flow of the Spirit from the river of life to nourish our spirit and soul. There can be spiritual seasons of drought. If we fail to come to Jesus and drink when we are thirsty, the river of life will not flow through us by His Spirit. 

 We need God’s word, His Spirit and fellowship in Christ. Think about the following lyrics from the hymn, Spring Up O Well by Phil Wickham:

“I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see
Opens prison doors, set the captives free…. “

These lyrics reveal how the river of living water can flow through us by the Spirit’s power resulting in  miracles.

Prayer: Lord, give us words of life to speak with those we encounter. May the rivers of living flow from our spirit to their spirit. We long for the evidence of Your miracle working power. In Jesus name. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | February 2, 2021

Superior Power Hero

Superior Power Hero
by Brenda D. Flowers

“Look at me, grand-mommy, I’m a superhero and I have superpowers,” announced my five year old grandson as he jumped out of bed wearing his superhero pajamas. Later in the day, I hear my three grandsons describing their Lego creations as “bases” or “kingdoms”, with each “base” protected by an army clothed with super power capability. Scrolling through video and movie options for an afternoon break, many titles catch my grandsons’ attention with their superhero themes. Even in the children’s section of the library, books abound with characters who have super powers. 

I challenge you to look and listen for how many times you see or hear the words, super power, this next month.

Recently, I was driving and listening to the radio. I happened to hear a brief news report warning that America may no longer be considered a super power nation because of our dependence upon other nations who are claiming this title. 

More than child’s play? 

God, what are You saying to us through our personal and national struggles? What do you have to say about super powers?

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 ESV Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 

I believe the circumstances we are facing in our personal lives and in our world are being allowed by sovereign God for greater reasons than what we may fully understand.

 There is a Superior Power Hero who reigns and is in control.

Do we fathom the greatness of Jesus’ completed work on the cross and the power that was exhibited there?

 Do we realize the powerful gift of the Holy Spirit and His Kingdom life?

Lord, I don’t want to just pretend or play my faith, with one foot in your Kingdom and one foot in this world. I want to be Your Kingdom Ambassador, announcing to the world, “The King of kings and the Lord of lords reigns.”

 Your word is going forth…

Yes, we, who trust Your word with our whole hearts, are being granted authority to reign in life. The gift of Your Spirit is full of power to overcome. We are clothed in Your righteousness, Jesus. 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for helping us learn to see with our spiritual eyes, maturing our understanding of Your Superior Power. When things seem out of control here on earth, may we remember Your Words of direction and hope. In Your mighty name above all names, Jesus, we pray. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | January 18, 2021

My Power, My Witnesses

My Power, My Witnesses
by Judy Hitson

Acts 1:8 ERV (Easy to Read Version)  But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me-in Jerusalem, in the rest of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”

Wait, Jesus said to His disciples, until you receive what the Father promised to send, Acts 1:4. This was the promise of the Holy Spirit. The same way these disciples in Acts were told to wait to receive the Holy Spirit, we are to wait for the Holy Spirit as well. We cannot go in our own strength to tell people about Jesus. We need the power of the Holy Spirit on us, in us, flowing through us. The Holy Spirit gives life, the flesh profits nothing, John 6:63.   

It takes time to learn about the power of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you have learned this in your own life as I did in mine.

When I was first born again, I was overzealous to share Jesus with everyone I met or worked with. It didn’t matter if I was at the grocery store check out or at work in the O.R. Those who knew the Lord appreciated Scripture I wrote down to tape on their lockers to share God’s word with them. Those who did not know the Lord were offended, saying I was pushy. One co-worker broke my heart when she said, “I can go to hell if I want to. I will have a lot of friends going with me.” So sad! So troubling for anyone to choose hell as their eternal destination.

After coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, I wanted everyone to know Him and about His great salvation for all mankind. It was alarming to me that not all people want to know Christ. With this particular co-worker there was no evidence of a heart change for me to share Christ with her. I continued to pray for her heart to be softened and her spirit teachable that she might come to know Christ as her personal Savior and Lord and leave it in the hands of God, who alone can save.

Prayer: Lord help us as Your disciples to learn like Your early disciples to heed Your words Jesus, to wait until we receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be Your witnesses in all the world. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | January 5, 2021

Power from Morning Light

Power from Morning Light
by Brenda D. Flowers

Several weeks before Christmas, I bought two Amaryllis bulbs at our local Trader Joe’s. My main reason for buying them was to do a science experiment with my three grandsons. I planned on placing one of the bulbs near the front window so it would receive the morning light and the other would be placed near the sliding door where it would receive indirect afternoon light. Together, the boys and I would discover which setting was best for the bulb to grow to its fullest potential.

When I got home with the bulbs, I asked my grandsons to consider which place would be best for the bulbs to grow and to predict which one would grow faster, taller, and bloom first. We each made our prediction or hypothesis statement.

Most of us predicted the one receiving the morning light would grow the best. I think the boys were disappointed that it would take several days before they would see any signs of life.

The boys lost interest in the Amaryllis experiment during the waiting period. (The wait seemed long to me too, but I’m sure it seemed even longer to them.)

 I can assure you, though, when the first sign of new life appeared, it was well worth the wait.

It was such fun seeing my grandsons’ eyes of wonder as they discovered the stems popping out of the bulbs. After that day, with their interest restored, they checked regularly (even without my prompting) to see which one grew taller and to see if their prediction was correct.

As the stems grew taller, we had fun measuring them to compare the heights. After several weeks, we looked with awe when the flowers bloomed. Their blooming was extra special since it was near the time of our Christmas celebrations.

This year, we are going to be exploring the topic of power in our blog posts on this site. I can honestly say I am feeling childlike excitement about what God is going to show us. Like the boys, however, I’m having a hard time waiting.

I feel like I am beginning a treasure hunt in 2021. I hope you will come along with me on this journey to discover what God has to say in His Word.

For this first post, I was praying and seeking God’s guidance specifically on what to write related to the topic of power.

This thought came to me:  Share what you learned from the amaryllis experiment.

When we ask Jesus to be our Savior and Lord, believing God is who He says He is, we become new creatures in Christ. Like the Amaryllis bulb, we are enveloped in protection deep inside and we are full of the power of God to become who He has created us to be. His full potential for us is dormant, waiting to grow and bloom.

As immature Christians, we may not appear to have changed or to be growing spiritually. Yet, we are who God says we are just as the Amaryllis is fully an Amaryllis in that bulb form.

The power for us to grow and mature, blooming into who God has made us to be, comes from both inside and outside. Like the bulb, we need light to grow, sunlight…yes,  but also “Son-light.” God’s creative life-giving power and the power for us to give Him glory come from God’s Spirit, our faith and our position in and near Him, abiding. Spiritual growth takes time.

Does the morning light matter for us?

It seemed to matter for the amaryllis. At least that was the conclusion from our experiment.

Searching scriptures, it does seem that the morning “light” of abiding, may be a factor in helping us to grow spiritually. Is it possible that by starting our day with God and in His word, we will gain greater strength to reach our destiny? 

By abiding more in His morning light will we “bloom” for Him in 2021, giving Him the glory?

Each morning in 2021, let’s meditate on God’s word, seeking His powerful revelation and direction. May we “bloom”  together this year and in turn may there be plants springing up everywhere. (Isaiah 61: 11b NLT)

Psalm 143: 8 (NIV)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you, show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

Thank you, God, for the power You are giving us to “bloom” in Your Light and Life in 2021. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen

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