Jesus is the Common Denominator 

I constantly say the wrong thing. I consistently am weak when I ought to be strong. I have no power to speak of. However, I take great comfort and confidence in the common denominator of the following 2 verses:

(My wife would be so proud of that Math term!)

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts – Zech. 4:6

And:

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, – 1 Cor. 2:4

It’s God’s gift of the Holy Spirit that empowers us. Anything we do that is even moderately successful is just a small demonstration of this power. When I mess up (which is often), it is because I am relying on my own strength and power (which we already established is dreadfully deficient). Relying on the Lord and the Holy Spirit dramatically increases the successful outcome of any situation.
If you are facing a crisis and feel overwhelmed, take comfort in the knowledge that a child of God can rely on the power that Zechariah and Paul relied on. It wasn’t their own, I can tell you that much. It was the power of the Spirit!
Not a child of God? He’s just waiting to adopt you! He’s got the paperwork ready. He’s got the car outside running. Sprint out of that orphanage into the mansion!
You can take that one all the way to the bank.
Do me a favor and chew on this “solid food” (1 Cor. 3:2):

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. -Rom. 8:11

We sort of gloss over that verse, but it’s implications are crazy amazing: resurrection power resides in us! Is there anything more incredible? The power to raise the dead? Dwelling in our bones? Come on, now!
Imagine if we really believed that.

Spoiler Alert!

Spoiler Alert • Matt. 24 • mrpatvincent
Spoiler Alert • Matt. 24 • mrpatvincent

We love a good twist, don’t we? Don’t you hate it when someone tells you the ending first? “Ahhhh! Don’t tell me! I want to find out for myself!”

I’m big on keeping the lid on spoilers. So, I cannot with a clear conscience allow you to read on without the following disclaimer: The next sentences are classic twist endings… of REALLY OLD MOVIES.

There, I feel better. Proceed…

It’s a cookbook. Rosebud’s a sled. Ape City is actually Earth. Bruce Willis was dead. Verbal Kint is… ah, I can’t do that one.

I’m going to go ahead and give you the SPOILER OF ALL SPOILERS. I’m going to give you THE END. The for real END. The end of it all. The end of the end. Ready? Here goes: God wins. The enemy is defeated.

There are no surprises. The devil doesn’t pull a fast-one on God at the last second. Jesus reigns supreme. This old world bows and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord. Sorry to ruin it for you, if you didn’t already know.

We are so lucky. And by lucky, I mean fortunate. We are so fortunate to have, as Paul Harvey would say: “the rest of the story.” When all the prophets were around, they didn’t know what we know today. They’ll be like: “What was it like to live knowing all the answers? You had all the mysteries right there at your fingertips? I mean, they were collected, printed neatly, and pocket-sized?! You knew the beginning, middle, and end: how cool was that? You had the Holy Spirit? Wow, man. You were so lucky!”

With this knowledge, fear should melt away. With this knowledge worry should disappear. We know the ending. There are only two sides: God’s and Not God’s. There can be only one winner. We know which side wins! Are you on the winning side or the losing side?

It couldn’t be more simple.

God Bless!