Zechariah 4:6 – “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of armies.”
Samuel Chadwick was a Wesleyan Methodist preacher (1860-1932) who wrote a Christian classic The Way to Pentecost. In his book, Chadwick reminds us of something we must cling to in 2021: ‘The Christian faith begins in the power of the Spirit, is developed under His guidance, and sustained by His presence.’ From beginning to end, the Christian life is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit of Christ dwelling within Christians. So, how does one live by the Holy Spirit?
In John 15, Jesus teaches that if His words remain in us, we can ask anything we wish. The Word of God is spirit and life (Jn. 6:63), it is living and active (Heb. 4:12), helping us see clearly where we need to grow in Christ-like love. Our faith can only come up to our knowledge which is why we are to let the Word of God richly dwell in us (Col. 3:16). Christ says if we keep His commands we will remain in His love and that His commandment is to love one another as He has loved us (John 15:7, 10, 12).
In 2010, Apple trademarked the slogan: ‘There’s an app for that.’ Today, I want to remind you that whatever you are facing, ‘there’s a Scripture for that.’ When we pray in accordance to God’s Word, the promises of God are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20).
“Prayer is the test of faith and the secret of power. Is it not true to say that Deity gained new experience of humanity in Jesus Christ? Because Christ touched the feeling of our infirmity, He sympathizes and is mighty to save.” – Samuel Chadwick
May we continually come boldly to His throne of grace to receive power to walk in Christ-like love in 2021.
Thank you heavenly Father for access to you anytime I need grace to walk in your love. Help me to make your Word a regular part of my life in 2021. In Jesus’ name, Amen.