The Power of Jesus

You’re invited to sit a moment and be encouraged in reading Kristen’s heart of the power of Jesus.

Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Kristen Schiffman

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1, HSCB

Genesis 1:1 is the very first verse I remember memorizing. I can instantly recall practicing it on my flash cards in first grade. I went to a Christian school and so each morning we recited our memory work.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

I still recite this verse to myself a few times a week. It is just one of those things you never forget. Like how to tie your sneakers, or ride a bike, or order a grande, sugar-free, cafe latte with a hint of cinnamon, hold the whipped cream, please and thank you so very much. Once you learn these things, you just don’t forget them.

It is basic. A beginning. The foundation. Try reciting this verse throughout the next week. Unbelievable as it may sound there is life to be found within these words. Soul renewing, heart relieving, restoring life. Here within a verse fit for a first grader, we find all we have been searching for.

A Creator.

A Doer.

An action packed opening line.

A genesis.

A mission statement.

Purpose.

Power.

The promise of something more.

The offer of life.

His story.

Our beginning.

An invitation.

Zoom into verse 2 with me: “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:2, HSCB

In the Hebrew language two different words are used here for formless and empty. Both describe an absolute emptiness in relation to the earth. Job 26:7 HSCB says of God, “He hangs the northern skies over empty space. He hangs the earth on nothing.”

Some of the very first words God makes sure we read in the story of Who He Is tell us something we need to know:

God can make something out of nothing.

What joy that brings a girl who made forsaking the things of God her job for years. I don’t come to Him with much. Since the dawn of time, God has been taking nothing and turning it into something glorious. He takes what is empty and He fills it. He takes what is broken and heals it. He takes what is dead and brings it back to life.

John 1:1-3 HSCB says of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.”

And apart from Him? Not one thing is.

I wonder today, what do you consider yours? What things do you guard fierce for fear over what would happen if you surrendered them? What are you always putting off? What do you hope for late at night? What thing do you secretly believe Jesus is not big enough to handle for you?

Today, over that thing, He speaks what is eternally His to give. The power to make it – to make you – something. He can bring beauty from ashes, build a sure foundation from ruins, offer blind eyes the miracle of 20/20 vision, take wild storms to an absolute calm, and yes, redeem even the messiest past into a purposed and powerful future.

This power of God’s in Christ has been demonstrated, according to Ephesians 1:20, through the raising of Jesus from the dead. His power is far above every ruler who has ever had authority here on earth. It is above”every name named.” Every title, every dominion. Not only in this age, in this world, but in the one that is to come.

Apart from Him? Not. one. thing.

This week get before Jesus and hand over what you’ve been holding back. Entrust to Him your secret places and watch as He begins to take what was nothing and stitches it into the Great Something of His design.

Your Jesus is enough today. And His is a power that has been demonstrated and proven.

Let’s be women who trust in it.

 

KSchiffmanBioPhoto Kristen Schiffman is a Bible study writer and teacher who loves chai lattes and blank pages. She’s served on staff at multiple women’s ministries and is the co-founder of The Dinner Table Collective (set to launch in early 2015). You can find her online at KristenSchiffman.me and The Dinner Table Collective.

13 Responses to The Power of Jesus

  1. This is so powerful Kristen! I needed this timely reminder. I will repeat that verse each day. So simple and yet so profound. I love how you wrote:

    “Today, over that thing, He speaks what is eternally His to give. The power to make it – to make you – something. He can bring beauty from ashes, build a sure foundation from ruins, offer blind eyes the miracle of 20/20 vision, take wild storms to an absolute calm, and yes, redeem even the messiest past into a purposed and powerful future.”

    Oh yes, I agree. Nothing is impossible for our God. I will trust Him in ALL THINGS.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Debbie, My word focus for 2014 is “possible” and Jesus has been so faithful to meet me there. All things possible & nothing too large. Love walking & serving alongside you!

  2. Yes! Profound truth that speaks! God can make something out of nothing. He has and He will continue to do so. Oh, How I love Him So!!

    • Amen! He will – and He continues to do so! So funny, just this morning I was thinking about how God’s creation hasn’t stopped. It keeps being what He spoke it to be. Grateful that His powerful, life-giving voice speaks over us too!

  3. “God can make something out of nothing.”

    That says it all! I’m a witness!!!

    Thank you for your sharing your heart in walking with Jesus Kristen. Your words bless and encourage!

    Love you!

    • That’s my story, Lisa! He’s so worthy. Grateful to write her and serve under such excellent leadership. I learn so much from you & respect you deeply, friend.

      • tears…if there is any way that God is using me to bless you in leadership, I’m honored and pray to be a blessing to you for His glory. You’re an amazing woman with a tender heart for the Lord and He sees that.

  4. Such a powerful witness in this blogpost today Kristen! I guess what stood out to me most was something I already knew but is always worth reading again…”God can make something out of nothing.”

    I recall hearing a preacher tell of Mr. Charles A. Tindley……born a slave, Ju­ly 7, 1851, in Ber­lin, Mar­y­land.…was freed after the war…became a Christian as a teenager…felt led of God to become a preacher in early adulthood. When someone asked him if he was sure God could use a man from such lowly beginnings he replied, “God is everything and I am nothing! But if Everything wants to use nothing to make something, then that is up to Him!” And from an online bio I found that in 1902, he be­came pas­tor of the Cal­va­ry Meth­o­dist Epis­co­pal Church in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania, the church where he had ear­li­er been the jan­i­tor. At the time of Tindley’s death, his church had 12,500 mem­bers. The Tind­ley Tem­ple Unit­ed Meth­o­dist Church in Phil­a­del­phia was named af­ter him. Mr. Tindley wrote many, many hymns during his lifetime. The ones I am most familiar with I guess are “Nothing Between” and “We’ll Understand It Better By and By”.

    God bless you Kristen! I have been encouraged today!

    Marilyn

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