Christian Living
The Pursuit of Power
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Feb 13, 2021

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Most people not only admire power, they crave and long for it. People pursue power—whether it is physical, intellectual, political, or financial power. The tragedy is that Christians have lost true power because they chase after temporary empowerments. Christians have failed to experience the unbelievable, indescribable, unconventional, and unexplainable power that belongs to them by their very birthright as sons and daughters of the living God.

Many of us have given up God's supernatural power for worldly power. We have exchanged supernatural power for fading earthly power. We have forgotten about the one power that will survive eternity because we have become so preoccupied with society's standards of power.

Have you exchanged supernatural power for fading earthly power?

But no matter what earthly sources we seek power from, whether in our circumstances or through false spirituality, none of these things is a match for the power of the Holy Spirit of God.

How do the worldly regard power? They view power as a way to control events, circumstances, and people. They use worldly power to manipulate others to do their will. They use worldly power to become self-sufficient and to view themselves as better than others. 

But this power is only temporary. God's Word says, "Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing" (Proverbs 11:7). The psalmist tells us, "Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous" (Psalm 37:16-17).

Prayer: God, thank You for Your supernatural power. Forgive me for seeking power from other sources. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Jesus replied, 'You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God'" (Matthew 22:29).

Learn more in Dr. Michael Youssef's sermon God Talk, Part 1: LISTEN NOW