January 20

Power To Transform

“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves.” Colossians 1:13

What is the power to transform? And what is the dominion of darkness that Jesus rescues His people from? We receive the power to transform when we are born-again and receive the Holy Spirit. He is the power of God that transforms, works miracles and supernatural acts! It was through His power that Jesus was born, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, cast out demons and was resurrected from the dead. And it is the Spirit’s presence within, that enables us to be transformed into the image of Jesus and do whatever He commands.

The Holy Spirit is the Power to Transform! He is also our helper, teacher, counselor, guide and best friend and He is Holy. But sadly, some people out of ignorance, fear or false doctrine reject and disdain the supernatural, transforming gifts of the Holy Spirit declaring them to be void, passe’ and no longer needed, like “yesterday’s news.” How will Jesus respond to such persons?

Jesus taught that the dominion of darkness is the kingdom of Satan and hell. But thanks be to God, “for He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves!” Jesus’s kingdom is the diametric opposite of Satan’s kingdom. It is astoundingly beautiful and thrilling! Its atmosphere is filled with perfect love, effervescent joy, amazing wonders and indescribable peace. And Jesus shares it freely with all those who believe, love and obey Him. “Whoever has my commands and keeps (obeys) them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them.” (John 14:21)

Prayer for today: Holy Spirit, help us to eagerly seek and gratefully accept any supernatural gift You want to give us. Help us to trust You and never reject, offend or speak against You. You still perform miracles, and we need them now more than ever! Amen

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”