Power Up, Stand Up

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 18:25-36

The Bible emphasizes our weakness and God’s power, which is available to us if we really want it. David says, “It is God who arms me with strength” (v. 32a). Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches . . . without me you can do nothing.” As Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Since Pentecost the Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer, giving us the strength to do what God wants us to do. Every time I go into the pulpit I pray, “Empty me of self and fill me with Your Holy Spirit,” because I know that only then can my preaching be effective. How good to face life with that confidence.

David says, “he enables me to stand….” (v. 33b). After Pente cost, Peter, who had previously denied his Lord, preached a sermon so powerful that 3,000 were converted. I was voted second most bashful boy in my large high school class. But for almost 50 years I have been standing in pulpits almost every Sunday preaching the Word. If I can do it, you can do it! God may not ask you to preach but He has commanded every Christian to be a witness for Jesus. Witnessing is done by both word and deed. Mahatma Ghandi is reported to have said that he was very impressed with Christ but Christians gave him such a bad impression that he never became one.

PRAYER

Father, empty me of self and fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may stand up and be a good witness for You in both word and deed. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.