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“Whoever Brings Blessing Will be Enriched” Proverbs 11:25
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THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
When you accepted Jesus as your lord and savior, the Holy Spirit came upon you. God’s Spirit lives in you. Your body became a temple for the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 says this:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”
You’re powerful in Christ! As long as what you’re fighting is fought in the name of God, your victory has already been won on your behalf.
You have a supernatural power.
You may be fighting anger, laziness, illness, addictions, gossip, insecurities, divorce, unemployment, self-doubt, inferiority, or hatred.
No matter what you’re facing, the Spirit of God dwells in you and gives you His power.
2 Timothy 1-7 says this:
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Satan wants you confused, disorganized, doubtful, disoriented, hopeless, and powerless.
I created a playlist of videos covering this topic. Watch these 6 prayers to find out what Satan is doing to take your power away from you and how to protect yourself.
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Armed with God’s power, you can conquer any adversity and affliction!
If you want to know how to pray to God, listen to this podcast where I share my exact prayer strategies: how to pray, where to pray, and what to pray about.
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DOING ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST
I remember the day I was served with the divorce papers by my Christian husband whom I married just 4 months prior to that.
I was at a Christian conference Harvest hosted by pastor Greg Laurie. A process server Jerry, who was hired by Michel’s attorney, served me with Michel’s divorce summons as I was walking into the house of God to worship with several thousands of people.
I remember Michel telling me that he wasn’t interested in being married to me anymore but instead he wanted to be an IronMan and complete in Kona.
It was a late evening. We already lived in two separate bedrooms at the time. I was in my bedroom wearing my grey Victoria’s Secret pj getting ready to go to sleep.
I heard a knock on my bedroom door. I opened the door. It was Michel.
I was sitting on the bed. He was sitting on the floor facing me. My heart was full of love and pain.
Here was my husband who begged me to marry him just a few months ago. Now, he was rejecting me as his wife.
I remembered walking down the aisle as Michel was standing there waiting for me with tears in his eyes. Our church friends and family were there to witness us being united in marriage.
I gave up my name as Anna Stevens, an award-winning author and speaker. And following Michel’s request to honor him by taking his name, the wedding officiant announced Mr. and Mrs. Szabo.
Here’s the video capturing all those priceless memories.
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Now, a few months after our wedding, Michel was sitting there in our marital residence saying how disinterested he was in me and how passionate he felt about his IronMan bicycle.
How could that be?
I felt devastated, betrayed, dehumanized, disrespected, humiliated, insulted, invalidated, misled, manipulated, cheated on, abandoned, and rejected.
Day by day, our marriage became more and more confusing. I was fighting the divorce, the mental cruelty, the narcissist, and the insecurities in my own power.
Very quickly, I became exhausted and depressed. Soon, I was severely suicidal, mostly staying in bed, feeling paralyzed by all the adversity and pain.
I was contemplating: to be or not to be.
I felt like there was nothing to hold on to. Anywhere I looked, I just saw lies, cheating, betrayal, hopelessness, and despair.
I was sick physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
All my life was sucked out of me.
I wrote 12 poems about the life I was living at the time and how I lost all my power, to whom, and why.
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I was exhausted and didn’t have any physical strength at all.
My laundry was piled up on my California king size bed leaving me Judy a few inches to sleep on. My dirty dishes were built up and bugs were all over my kitchen. My trash was full and the smell was awful. I just didn’t have any strength to do even simple chores. I surely had no strength to fight for anything big and important.
Philippians 4:13 says this:
“I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.”
The Holy Spirit began talking to me. God revealed to me where my strength was rooted and how to access it. He taught me how to pray. He showed me how to connect to the one and only source of true strength and power.
I learned who I was in Christ by studying what God said about me. That’s how the #52Devotionals book was born.
The reason why you have a free access to 52 Devotionals about your identity in Christ is because God gave them to me first to empower me and to help restore me.
I strategically placed Philippians 4:13 verse right before my eyes so that it was the first thing I would see and ponder every morning.
I soon got my laundry done. I then conquered my dishes. I was able to take out my stinky trash. I felt empowered and cleaned up my entire home. I finally organized my life. I slowly put my head back together. I built up my physical strength through regular exercise and proper nutrition.
And I was ready to get up and stand strong on my two feet and fight the good fight!
The power that brought me back to life and healed my suicidal depression was not natural. It was supernatural.
I didn’t do any of those things in my own strength. I did all those things through Christ. And I prayed without ceasing.
Here’s a poem I wrote about my entire journey from being powerless to being powerful.
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I was full of self-doubt when Jesus asked me to start a ministry. But when you know confidently that all things are possible through Christ, you feel empowered, capable, and effective just trusting God’s leadership on your path.
I realized this one truth that empowered me to fight for what matters. Christ sacrificed His precious life for me so I can be free from self-doubt and insecurities. He redeemed me at a high price so that I can be His and leverage His power to do good work in His kingdom.
With His death on the cross, Jesus issued a directive against my self-doubt because He proved, through resurrection, His supernatural power. Jesus conquered death and doubt and devastation.
When I accepted Jesus as my lord and savior, He gave me His supernatural power through the Holy Spirit who came upon me.
I am powerful because Christ is my strength.
What about you?
If you accepted Jesus as your lord and savior, His supernatural power is yours.
Do you believe that you are powerful?
If so, memorize the Biblical affirmation below to remind you where your power comes from and what you can do with it.
I am powerful.
I can do anything and everything through Christ.
To empower me, His precious life he sacrificed.
I am capable, competent, skilled, and effective.
Jesus gave me power and issued against my self-doubt directive.
How do you feel knowing that you’re powerful in Christ?
Let me know in the comments below.
If this devotional was helpful, download all #52Devotionals now.
Anna Szabo is the founder of Online Discipleship For Women, a Christian ministry committed to alleviating suicide among women globally by sharing hope in Christ. Anna teaches how to create a joyful life by embracing God’s word based on her own journey of faith and fortitude.
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