English Standard Version (ESV)
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
New Living Translation (NLT)
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk. It is living by God’s power.
I believe God works with three main powers, each of which is specifically designated to each of his selves—the Son, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. The Son uses the power of saving, the Father uses the power of loving, and the Spirit uses an unexplainable power.
The saving power of the Son is what gives us life. The life He gives us is separated into two kinds of life—physical life and spiritual life. The physical life he gives us is a life worth living. Although we often treat our lives as if they are not worth living, or we simply don’t realize how precious our life really is, our lives are worth more to the Son than His own life. His saving power is the power that we long for every time we have on an epiphany like in the song “On My Own” by BarlowGirl.
Oh God You have to save me
You’re my last and only hope
All my right answers fail me
I can’t seem to make it on my own*
I don’t know about you, but those are the very words I cry out every time I realize I’m a rock and a hard place. Sometimes we need a hero to save us now,** and all we can do is cry out for God, confessing we’ve tried doing things on our own, and of course failed in the process. But you know what, God’s okay with that, in fact He wants us to cry out to Him, because He knows we are human, and He wants to show us just how powerful He is.
The Father’s loving power is the power that is often most talked about in a Christian’s life. His loving power is the power that heals us when we are broken, comforts us when we feel worthless, and loves us when we feel unloved or unlovable. He is the Father to the fatherless, the bridegroom to the lonely, and the King to all the lost princesses (or princes). Similar to the Son who is always waiting to pick us up when we fall, God the Father is always waiting for us to cry out for Him, singing the words He loves to hear most, “I need You to love me, and I won’t keep my heart from You this time.”*** When we become vulnerable, admitting that we are broken, hurting, and in need of true love, that is when we truly and completely meet God the Father.
Finally, there is the power of the Holy Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit is the least talked about power of all, because it’s the power we least understand. The Holy Spirit is the one who has the power to work through us to perform miracles, change lives, and live a life of passion and purpose. He is the one who convicts us when we know we’re doing something wrong, or not doing something right. He is the one who puts a burning passion in our hearts that won’t be tamed until we have fulfilled that passion. The Holy Spirit is the reason we get up every morning, hopefully, with a desire to change the world and make a difference. The Holy Spirit is power that makes Christianity so much more than a religion, but a true and full-blown relationship with God the Father and God the Son.This is the first song I ever heard from BarlowGirl, because it’s the first song on their tracklist, and I immediately fell in love their music! ❤
We all need a hero!