Driving home from church late one Sunday night, the 1978 dark blue Ford Fairmont wagon began making a funny noise. I was traveling on the highway between 55 and 60 miles per hour with an elderly pastor friend and my youngest sister. The lights on the dashboard began to go dark. The headlights failed to light the road in front of us. The car seemed to move slower and slower no matter how hard I pushed the gas pedal.
I got Dr Cox to his home and continued home with Bethany, another 15 or 20 minutes. I pulled the car into the driveway and the car stopped. It just died. I didn’t know what the problem was, but found out later that the alternator had died on me. The car couldn’t generate electricity to keep the electrical system, and eventually the engine, running.
Have you ever felt powerless in your Christian walk? Ephesians 1:19 describes how the Apostle Paul prayed that the Ephesian believers would experience the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (NKJV). The only true and lasting power we can rely upon is that which comes from God.
We need His power for two reasons:
(1) We are weak on our own. Jesus said The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). No matter how much you may want to stand for Jesus, your own strength isn’t great enough to power you through the test. You will fail if you rely upon your own power.
(2) We are in a spiritual struggle against spiritual enemies who fight against you, whether you know it or not (Eph 6:11-12). These enemies have a plan for keeping you from experiencing all that God has given for your spiritual benefit. They are powerful, so don’t underestimate them; but God is more powerful!
Our weakest moments are actually opportunities for our greatest victories. As you rely upon the power of God, your moments of weakness serve as the training ground for learning to trust God.
The Apostle Paul faced spiritual attacks and physical weaknesses just like you and me (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Those attacks taught Paul to rely upon God’s power, and God’s power showed up most powerfully in those times of weakness. The greater our acknowledged weakness, the more evident Christ’s enabling strength revealed in us will be – if we seek His power instead of our own.