I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32)
I love this little phrase, “by the power vested in me.”
Like they say at weddings. “By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife.”
It means you didn’t have the power, then someone “vested” the power in you.
That’s the way it is in our Christian life. There are things God wants us to do, but we can’t do them faithfully in our own power. We need His power to work in us.
For example, it’s not easy to forgive people like God wants us to forgive, but we can do it…by His power vested in us.
It’s like we’re saying, “I can’t forgive you for that, at least not in my own power; but by the power vested in me...I forgive you.”
God’s power is vested in us through His Holy Spirit inside of us. God puts His Spirit inside every believer when they are born again, and He begins His good work in us, exercising His power to bring us to maturity.
So when Jesus says, “Love your enemies,” and you really do have an enemy? In the flesh, in your own carnal power, you just can’t do it. You can’t really love them like God wants you to love them, except by the power of the Holy Spirit vested in you.
How can you “count it all joy” when you go through trials? You can’t really do it...except by the power of God vested in you. But with that power, you can literally “rejoice in the Lord always.”
So you’re a believer, and you know the Holy Spirit is inside of you, but maybe you aren’t really enjoying the full fruit of the Spirit. You’re not really feeling His power vested in you. Now what?
Maybe you need to waste some time with God. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? But that’s what a Christian counselor told Pastor Paul Westbrook when he was going through some problems. He said, “Paul, do you ever waste time with God?”
As a pastor, of course he SPENT time with God, he studied and prayed and whatever; but WASTING time with God, that’s different. It means hanging out with God, and talking to God, and listening to God and generally just being in the presence of God, or as the counselor said, “Wasting time with God.”
Time with God helps you stop blocking and quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit. It helps you get tuned in to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.
And as we do that, we can feel the power surge, and God can enable to do all those things that He wants us to do...by His power vested in us.
May God bless you, today.
I’m Doug Apple.
(See the interview with Pastor Paul Westbrook here: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/healing-our-hurting-marriage-pt1?_ga=2.196215396.914203855.1544012371-1157135065.1543493115