Where’s The Power

If Christ is in the boat, it's not going to sinkThere is power, power
Wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb
– Excerpt from the song Power In The Blood by Lewis E. Jones

“Never allow a person to tell you no, who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Eminence: “a position of prominence or superiority” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Recently I saw a video of a cat playing in a bathtub full of water. It’s not unusual to see videos like that anymore. But it is unusual for cats to like water. I guess that’s really what makes videos of cats in water all the more popular. But just in case, I thought I would see if my cat liked water too. Nope! We filled the bathtub with water. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too deep, but not too shallow either. Nothing we could do could get our cat to like a bath of water. Everyone knows that cats don’t like water. Well, most of them anyway. It’s a very unusual cat that likes a bath or a good swim. No matter how bad they need to be cleaned. And isn’t it kinda like that with us at times? Isn’t there something good for us that we just can’t handle. The thought of brussels sprouts to most six year olds is nauseating. Working out just doesn’t sound appealing to many 35 year olds. And how many times do we have to be reminded before we finally get busy on that task we’ve been putting off? There are so many things that just don’t seem appealing. No matter how good we know they are. They’re different for everybody. We all have strengths and weaknesses. However, no one is perfect. No one likes to do everything they know they should. No one has it all put together. Fortunately our salvation, our relationship with God, isn’t determined by how well we’re doing. Some people like going to church. Some are literally afraid of crowds. And while it’s a good thing, we’re not saved by going to church. Some people like to pray. Some people have no idea what they could say to a perfect God who knows everything. We’re not saved by praying either. Some people love to read the Bible. Others have trouble understanding it. The Bible alone can’t save. Only Jesus can save. He came to die for everyone who would accept His sacrifice. Not just the people who like to go to church, who feel fulfilled in prayer, who love His Word. Everyone! Everyone who’s made a mistake. Everyone who thinks they’re perfect. Everyone who can’t stand religion. That’s the power in the blood. That power has the ability to change. It has the ability to heal. And it’s the only thing with the ability to save. Lewis E. Jones starts his famous hymn Power In The Blood, this way. “Would you be free from your burden of sin? There’s power in the blood, power in the blood; would you over evil a victory win? There’s wonderful power in the blood.” The power is not with us. It’s not in the church. It’s not in the Bible or on our knees. While those things are all good. And a life lived for Christ will have those things more often than not. The power is eminently in the blood.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

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