This week begins our VBS at Wellandport. Excitement is in the air. And theme decorations are adorning the classrooms, thanks to the creativity of Sherry Stephens and her helper husband, Mike.
The keyword this week is power. The children will be studying the theme WOW: Did Jesus really do that? They will learn about Jesus’ power over needs, nature, problems, sickness and Satan. They will learn about his miracles, ministry and mission on earth.
In the adult class we’re going to do a spin-off with a study entitled “The POWER that Works Within Us.” It is taken from the text in Ephesians 3:20. “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.”
This word “power” is used 119 times in the New Testament. In the gospel accounts it is sometimes translated as “miracle” or “mighty works.” Thayer says it refers to “inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.”
That person is often Jesus. Jesus came to earth with power over His creation. Power to heal. Power to raise the dead. Power to change lives. And the power to forgive sins. By the power of the Holy Spirit He was raised from the dead. And one day He will return in power as the world comes to an end.
However, His power is not limited to just the miraculous works that cause us to marvel.
The gospel is God’s power to salvation (Rom 1:16). Jesus can take the vilest of sinners and cleanse them through the wonder-working power of His blood. Belief, acceptance, and obedience to the gospel message transforms lives. Heals hearts. Mends marriages. Restores relationships. And offers hope.
God’s power works within the Believer. Through his power we gain strength to turn away from temptation, shun sin and defeat the devil. The Bible exhorts, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Eph 6:11).
In a world fraught with personal problems, political uncertainty, and unpredictable perils, we can muster the strength and tap into the power to prevail. We don’t have to be afraid. We are provided this comforting assurance. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7).
Peter promises that through faith we are protected by God’s power, even through trials, until He comes again (1 Pet 1:3-9). Because His “divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3).
Furthermore, God’s power that works within us supplies us with spiritual strength (Col 1:11), provides us the ability to overcome infirmities (2 Cor 12:9), and empowers us to use our God’s given gifts (Eph 3:7; I Pet 4:11).
While the world is enamored with physical power, political power, military power, and economic power, we can be assured that the spiritual power of the Lord that works within us is far greater.
We know that God is able to know your needs. He is able to hear your cry. He is able to Help. He is able to answer. He is able to comfort. He is able to lift you up. He is able to offer grace in time of need, just when you need it.
Yes, He is able to provide for our every need. And we can’t think too big. Or ask too much.
I’m excited for the kids to learn about Jesus’ power this week in VBS. But maybe even more enthused to share with the adults this wonderful blessing and promise of God’s Power working within us.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman