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The Same Power

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms… - Ephesians 1:18-20

Lord, I am freaking out!

It was thirty minutes before the woman’s conference I was speaking at was going to start. I was so nervous I was physically ill, wondering what in the world I had gotten myself in to. I was the first of four speakers. My weakness and my total dependence on God were very clear in those moments. I felt desperate and fully realized that if He didn’t show up, I was in really big trouble.

The other women who were speaking and I went under the stage to pray. The time of prayer was awesome and I felt so much better after we were done. I felt the Holy Spirit calming me.

But as I stood there singing in the front row of the auditorium, about one minute before I was going to speak, the fear in me rose up again. I made the mistake of trying to think of a funny comment to say at the beginning of my message. The problem was that my topic, spiritual insecurity, is NOT funny. There is no joke that fits.

As I heard my name, I walked up on the stage in a fog. I looked down at my note cards, but couldn’t read the blurry words. My mouth was so dry I couldn’t get the words out.
Jesus help…

Tammy, do you believe your own message?

My mind flashed instantly to the part of my message God was asking me about.
Do I believe that the same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives inside me? (1)
Do I believe that the Holy Spirit of God lives in me?

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. – Romans 8:11

For a few moments, I had let fear win, and had forgotten who I was, and Who I belong to. I am a child of God and a daughter of the King of Kings.
YES, I did believe my own message!! I believed it with everything in me.

And then the fog cleared.

I took a deep breath, and with courage and clarity that comes only from Him, I spoke the message I knew He wanted me to share.

I sat down in my seat when I was done, grateful beyond words. Our God gives us so much grace and He is so faithful. He was faithful to me, and He was faithful to all three of the other women speaking that day. Their messages were powerful and full of truth, because they chose to let the Holy Spirit inside of them take control. Amyschlicter.com Lorissasweet.com Monicaboyer.com

I love this quote by Christine Caine: “The giant in front of you is never bigger than the God inside of you.”

What struggle with fear and insecurity is happening in your life right now?

I encourage you to remind yourself that the same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives inside of you!!

If we truly believed this, every moment of every day, there would be NO fear, no spiritual insecurity, no missed callings.

Lord, we are so grateful for Your mercy and patience with us. Forgive me for being so afraid and forgetting for a moment that I belong to You. I am so grateful for the gift of the Holy Spirit inside of me. I am never alone. I never have to do anything on my own strength or power…When we take a step of faith, you fill us with courage to carry out the mission you have for us. Hallelujah!! Amen.

 

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Source:
(1) “Same Power” by Jeremy Camp – Album called, “I Will Follow” 2015

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If you are an imperfect wife, mom, daughter, or friend, struggling to stay focused on God in the craziness and find joy in the heartache, then we have something in common. I am a recovering perfectionist and daughter of the King, slowly learning to fully trust the One who sees me just as I am, and is already pleased. I’m so glad you are here.

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