…That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness – Colossians 1:9-11
It’s God’s will for us to be strengthened; that is, empowered with ALL might (miracle-working) power in our spirits! Ponder on that for a moment. He wants us filled, not with some of His power, but with all of it. He’s dealing here with “δύναμις, dunamis (Greek) “; inherent power. He wants this power working in you.
This shouldn’t be difficult for any Christian to comprehend at all, because the one who’s born again, and has received the Holy Spirit, has received the power of God; for the Holy Spirit is the power of God. Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you….” The question now is, how can you make this power you have inside you, work for you?
The first thing is to recognize that you have it in you. You don’t need to ask God for more power. The power of God is in you. That means you can’t be disadvantaged. Acknowledge this about yourself always. In Philippians 4:13, Paul didn’t say, “O God, I pray you’ll give me power to do all things.” Realizing that all the power he needed was already in him, he declared, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Secondly, know that the power you’ve received works with attitude. Yes, you’ve been empowered with all might, and can do all things, but you must balance it with good character: love, patience, joyfulness, meekness, and humility. Observe that the latter part of our opening verse says, “…Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”
Some people endure with anger when they face certain situations. But we’re admonished to endure with joyfulness; patient and hopeful that the righteousness of God will be established in that situation. Therefore, in exercising your power to do anything, and effect changes in your life and in your environment, do so with patience, longsuffering (endurance), joyfulness, and humility.
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I’m strengthened with all might by God’s Spirit in my inner man. I have the right attitude of humility in the face of staggering opposition. Glory to God!
Further Study: 2 Corinthians 3:5; Ephesians 3:20