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    Unleashing the power within

    What would happen today if I fully uncorked the power that resides within me?  What if you did the same?  Just imagine if women of God of all shades stopped today and really lived Philippians 4:13 without doubt and fear. What would happen if African American women, some of the strongest women created by God, unleashed their spiritual power in the world? Not their intelligence, their beauty, their cunning (or conniving), their mother wit, their earning power or their political power- but their spiritual power?

    If we really believe that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us, what would we do to make a difference in this world, in our communities, our homes? How would we build up God’s kingdom on earth?  

    Or  what’s stopping us if we believe what Matthew 17:20 says: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

    Maybe we don’t believe. Or just not enough.

     All weekend I heard messages about God’s power and how He wants to work through willing vessels to accomplish His will. At a women’s symposium Friday night at a church in Silver Spring, MD, the speaker talked about women standing firm and being obedient to God’s word. We can become conduits of God’s power, she said.

    Donna Partow talked about the importance of praying, trusting God and seeking His peace for our lives. “The time is so critical we can’t afford to be women in turmoil,” she told the women.

    On Sunday, I attended two services where both ministers expounded on allowing God’s power to be at work in our lives. At the early-morning service, the 20-year-old minister talked about getting past the things that distract us from doing what we are suppose to do for God. The other preacher entitled his sermon, “OMG” (Oh My God in text shorthand) and used one of my favorite Scriptures, Ephesians 3:20-21, to bring home the message that we must stay connected to our power source . Which goes:

    “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

    For those of you who are already using the power within to do God’s work in the world, may God bless you to prosper as you glorify Him. To the rest of us, let’s fully uncork the bottle of our potential and let the power of God lead us to do some amazing things this week.

    A final thought from this quote, which I have also used over the years to spur me on:

     “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  – Marianne Williamson

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    1. Jesus told us to have the Faith of GOD, not Faith IN God. He told us to pray believing we already received. He said everything he did we can do and greater things. As a Death Survivor, I know that we need to drop three things, what we eat what we wear and what is our gender, and for many what shade of skin covering we have, as no shade of skin or culture or religion, or gender is greater or better then another. These are the things humans use to keep each other controlled or down. . If we are to rise up we start by dropping these things and truly KNOW we can do all things because the same mind that was in Christ Jesus in in us also.

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