may 29

Power Within

By: Pastor Jim Schoon

KEY PASSAGE: I CORINTHIANS 6:19-20

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, 

whom you have received from  God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price…”


Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying, “What lies behind you and what lies

ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies within you.”


Mr. Emerson is making the point that who we are is more important than the road

we have traveled, or the horizons we will reach. We cannot change the past nor

can we live in the future, but we do have within us the power to make a difference

in life today.


The Bible defines the power within us as the Holy Spirit which came into our lives

when we accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is the very

presence of God with us, and it is that presence that gives us the power to live a

meaningful life.


This power of God within us enables us to cope with what comes our way. To

cope, not just to hang on, but to cope from a position of strength, knowing that God

is our partner in life, and He has given us the Holy Spirit to live within us.


This power of God enables us to live life with confidence, because it is God

Himself who resides within us.


This power of God enables us to conquer both challenges and problems, because

“with God, all things are possible.” As we find ourselves immersed in life, we live

knowing that God is “immersed” in us. “Your body is the temple of the Holy

Spirit, who is in you.”


As today unfolds, may you be strengthened in knowing that “You and God can

handle whatever happens.” His power is within you.


Prayer: Lord God Almighty, thank you for equipping me to deal with life

situations in a spirit of confidence and hope. I do not know what I will encounter

today, but I know you are with me and have given me your power to help me deal

with anything that comes my way. Thank you for being my partner today. I need

to walk with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.