May 23 Overcoming Power

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:14–32

Key Verse: John 14:16

I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.

Luke told the story of two people on their way to Emmaus after the Crucifixion. They were greatly dismayed and discouraged by what seemed to be the end of their dreams. They had thought Jesus would free Israel from Roman rule. Now that He was dead, all hope appeared lost until their eyes were dramatically opened by the risen Savior.

All of us have known the crushing feeling of disappointment, especially when we think God is leading us a certain way and things turn out differently. However, the death of Jesus Christ was not an ending but a wondrous beginning. His disciples as yet had not been empowered with the Spirit of God. Therefore, their spiritual perspective was limited.

No one, including the disciples, could grasp the power available to them until after pentecost had come. Only then were Christ’s followers fully clothed with power from on high.

The powerful message of the Resurrection is that God now inhabits the hearts of His people through the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit. The next time you feel doubtful or discouraged, remember the power God gave to you through His Son. It is overcoming power from on high—over all the power of the enemy—and it is given to every person who places faith in Jesus Christ.

Almighty God, thank You for the power of pentecost, which surges through my spirit today. I praise You for overcoming power from on high that triumphs over all the forces of the enemy.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 150). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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