This weekend began with a powerful thunder and lightening storm lasting what seemed like forever, unusual for our area. The storm’s explosions of noise and brilliant fireworks, lighting the darkness of the night and early hours of the day, was an epic display of the power residing in the atmosphere. I could not sleep for a short time, due to the raucous storm, so I enjoyed the party in the sky, thinking about how it mirrored life-storms.
I’m grateful to have anticipated, seen, and experienced the power of God breaking through life-storms. I can’t imagine how I could manage my life or encourage anyone in their life-storms, if, I did not counsel them to receive and walk in the power of God.
A few years ago, a couple came to my office at church after the wife confessed to an affair. The damage was extensive, the division apparent, the death of their relationship imminent; however, their marriage was healed when they stepped into a restorative process through the power of God. Everything changed when they asked God to be in their relationship. There are many stories of healing through the power of God. Even so, there are times I’ve not been able to see how people will get through raging life-storms, let alone be healed and whole. Only God.
It’s one more reason for the local church.
I believe one of the responsibilities of the local church is to open their doors to the world, actively believing God’s power will break through the life-storms, offering hope and healing through the leading of the Spirit of God.
And, yet, there are local churches who weaken their impact by moving away from forming the faith community in and through the power of God, developing an impersonal atmosphere, distorting Christ’s mission for the church, failing to reach out with a personal invitation, diverting their attention to things that really don’t matter in the end.
Those who rely on the power of God will break through life-storms with thunderous explosions of love and a brilliant light of hope and healing, illuminating the way for those who are in the darkness of the world. This is the call of each Christ-follower, every faith community–the Church. It’s epic:
Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, Voice).
Live in God’s power as an individual, faith community, and the Church. The world will change because of the power breaking through the life-storms.
I would love to see you on Sunday, August 3 at 10:45 AM (South Salem Nazarene Church 1661 Boone Rd SE Salem, OR 97306), an amazing faith community. We will focus on the blessed life, with an emphasis on healing and hope as well as refreshment for our soul–God’s will. God has something more for each one of us!
I will be preaching at SSNaz through the end of August, while Pastor Chris May is on sabbatical.
View of my JOYs:
Ellie is the signature of what the power of hope looks like!
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)