We have God’s power within us. When Jesus left, He sent the Holy Spirit to us. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would dwell with us and be in us (John 14:17). Since this is true, we can live empowered and therefore, fulfill the Great Commission.

Live Empowered: the Holy Spirit Moves through Us

We have God’s power within us. When Jesus left, He sent the Holy Spirit to us. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would dwell with us and be in us (John 14:17). Since this is true, we can live empowered.

What does living empowered look like? I don’t completely know. God might prompt us to action. Our job is to obey. As we obey, we will know when these moments in life take place that there is no other way to explain it, except God’s hand was in it.

And it’s not because of our strength; although, I do like to think of us as super-Christians extraordinaire. 😉

Unlimited Strength

Remember the movie The Incredibles? Mr. Incredible’s superpower was super-strength. There’s one part of the movie near the end when he’s trying to get his family to go back into safety instead of fighting with him in the battle. His wife wasn’t having it; she accused him of being all ego. Finally, he oxymoronically admits, “I’m not strong enough!” The truth spilled from his lips. He didn’t want to lose his family again because he thought they had died earlier in the movie. That’s where his strength failed.

God has empowered us whether we think we are strong enough or not. Actually, we aren’t strong enough. He sent the Holy Spirit to us, and we are filled with the Spirit. That doesn’t mean that we are the power, that means we are filled with the power. If we are Spirit-filled, then we are Spirit-controlled. God is our Source of Power, and His unlimited strength is at our disposal.

Use God’s Power

God calls us to serve Him in detailed ways, but sometimes we don’t budge from apprehensiveness. Here’s the thing: we have God’s power so don’t be afraid to use it! The devil’s not going to skin our hides like he did to the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19.

Instead of being afraid, we need to make adjustments. Have you ever noticed the way the trees bend and the leaves move when the wind blows? In the same way, when the wind of the Spirit is “blowing on us,” we will need to adapt our position to flow with what He’s doing.

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It might not turn out perfect. Recall the instance of the disciples not being able to cast out a man’s son who was being harassed by a demon (Mark 9:17-29). Jesus had already given the disciples authority over unclean spirits, but they were still learning (Mark 6:7). They couldn’t cast out the devil in the man’s son, but that didn’t mean they stopped walking in power.

We have been talking about the power of God in this series. Can everyone use God’s power? No. But we can because we are Believers and Followers of Christ. Authority given and correctly applied brings glory to God. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would testify of Him (John 15:26). Salvation came to 3,000 souls because Peter preached to them while being full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41). Wow! Do we want souls to be saved because of what we are doing for the kingdom of God? I sure do!

Jesus isn’t walking the earth right now; we are. There are people out there that need the Jesus in us. We are vessels in which the Holy Spirit will move through to touch the lives of those around us. Rely on God’s strength, make alterations when He leads, and let God take care of the outcome. Let’s move forward in fulfilling the Great Commission while living empowered.


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Don’t miss the other great posts in the Power of God series:

  1. Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power
  7. God’s Healing Power Is for You
  8. Live Empowered: the Holy Spirit Moves through Us
How to Thrive in the Workplace | by Kimberly Howey | KellyRBaker.com | 7 Ways to Thrive in the Workplace. | Nourishment is inevitable when a team thrives through humility, reliability, and submission. The entire business prospers, staff health improves due to the atmosphere of trust, and competitiveness gives way to collaboration.

How to Thrive in the Workplace

Kimberly Howey | How to Thrive in the Workplace at KellyRBaker.comToday it is my pleasure to introduce Kimberly Howey, a mentor, friend, and we share the same spiritual parents. Few people on this planet have impacted me the way she has, and I hope you will enjoy soaking up her words of wisdom. 


Have you ever wondered if God is in your workplace? If you’re there, then, yes, He is! As hard as it may be to believe, I have found that the glory of God can be manifested and experienced in a powerful way in the workplace, even in a non-Christian environment. In my experience, God’s love is unyielding when His people are willing to practice kingdom principles wherever the soles of their feet take them. His kingdom order can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone around you through your obedience to seek first His kingdom and righteousness at work.

Genesis 39:2-5 KJV “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.”

7 Ways to Thrive in the Workplace

1.) Be submissive and obey your leaders: When you remain humble in your service to your leaders at work, those who witness your daily submission will be emboldened to act with humility as well. This transforms your blessing into their blessing as well! Hebrews 13:17

2.) Manage your attitude and countenance and always be encouraging: Maintain a bright, positive attitude, and manage your countenance. If co-workers are complaining, discipline yourself to be the positive voice in the room. If others criticize you for having a positive outlook, stand your ground and remain un-opinionated about your co-workers. A great neutralizer for a negative attitude is to be a problem solver who repairs an issue without needing recognition for it. Your encouragement can be the key to unlocking a safe environment for your co-workers to reach their greater potential. It is a fact that when we feel safe and we trust the people we work with, we flourish to greater levels of creativity! 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 21-22

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3.) Be Discreet: Follow a strict “No Bully/No Gossiping” rule! No matter how badly you want to join the crowd in hating the co-worker/leader who irritates everyone, don’t fall into the gossip trap. You are well able to confront conflict with the intention of reconciliation without using passive-aggressive behavior or unforgiveness as a tool to manipulate a person’s bad behavior. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

4.) Never compare: Never compare yourself to your co-workers/leaders. Nothing halts your ability to thrive in the workplace like an outspoken spirit of poverty. Poverty is relentless in its message to tell you that everyone else has it easier than you, that if you only you had what they had you’d be happier, and that you’re more than or less than your counterparts. The spirit of poverty loves to isolate and divide a team of people simply by engaging you in a dialogue that includes dissatisfaction, discontentment, and lack. You will discover that never comparing yourself to others will eliminate fear-based suspicions that arise in our minds towards people we feel inferior or superior to. Hebrews 13:5

5.) Be humble: Because the favor of the Lord is upon you, it is your duty to carry the blessings of God responsibly. God’s favor should never be used to diminish others. Your leaders’ compliments should never be bragged about and boasted before others as a trophy but revealed by others as a product of your hard work and effort. Be humble. Serve first. Meet the need first. Problem solve as a team and not as a one-man-show. 1 Peter 5:5, Genesis 39:2

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6.) Be reliable, on-time, and consistent: Consistency builds credibility. Allow your credibility for excellent work, punctuality, and reliability be the evidence of God’s order and favor upon your life.

7.) Manage your environment: An important contribution you can offer to your workplace is your ability to raise the level of order. Be clean, organized, and assign purpose to your things. Proverbs 31

Nourishment is inevitable when a team thrives through humility, reliability, and submission. The entire business prospers, staff health improves due to the atmosphere of trust, and competitiveness gives way to collaboration.

Kimberly Howey and family | How to Thrive in the Workplace at KellyRBaker.comKimberly is an adoptee from Seoul, Korea. She was abandoned at birth and adopted by an American family through Holt International Children’s Service. Kimberly is married to Pastor Mark Howey and together they have five children ranging in age from twenty-two years-old to eleven years-old. Mark and Kimberly have ministered together as pastors of Today Church and Kimberly is a periodic talk radio host for One Jam Nation Radio. They’ve homeschooled their children for more than seventeen years and Kimberly is a supervisor in the children’s program for Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club where she serves the needs of over seventy-five school-age children.
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The Foolproof Way to Abandon Temptation

Temptations can come when you least expect it. When a Christian electrician we know was done with the job at his customer’s home, the man asked him if he wanted to be paid or go back to the bedroom with the man’s wife. Say what?! He was presented with an opportunity to sin, but thank God He took the money he had earned instead.

We are all tempted from time to time.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Cor. 10:13 ESV

When temptation comes, God provides the “way of escape.” What was the way of escape for the electrician?

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When I was a kid I used to think the way of escape was God’s intervention by some physical means. I played up a scenario in my head:

What if I was innocently watching TV and suddenly a racy scene was about to be shown? The phone would start ringing, and I would go answer it in the other room. (This was before cordless phones. Yes, I’m that old, but I won’t tell if you don’t.) It’s Grandma, calling to have a long chat. When the conversation is over, I would go back to finish the show, but it’s already over. I thought, God, You sure provided a great way of escape! 

But then I would worry that the phone wouldn’t ring, and I would not have a route to abandon temptation.

I would pray and ask God to help me by making a natural way of escape available, yet no physical opportunity presented itself. After falling into temptation and sinning, I was becoming frustrated. I thought God wasn’t keeping His promise in that scripture.

But then when I was older I was studying my Bible one day, and I received a revelation. All humans deal with the same kinds of temptation, but what is unique to the individual is God doesn’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we are capable. Instead, He provides the way of escape. (See 1 Cor. 10:13 above.)

What exactly is that way of escape? We’ll cover that in a moment, but first let’s look at what is true about temptation according to the Bible.

Facts about Temptation

  • God doesn’t tempt us.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. James 1:13 NASB

  • The devil is the Tempter.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matthew 4:1, 3 NASB

  • Temptation isn’t sin.

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. James 1:14-15 NASB

The temptation itself isn’t sin, but when we give into the temptation it becomes sin. The verses are a metaphor of a man indulging in his impulses.

  • We aren’t tempted beyond our ability.

God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Cor. 10:13b ESV

Remember this. If you are being faced with a temptation, and you think you don’t know what to do, ask the Holy Spirit to bring a verse to your memory. If one doesn’t come to mind, then look one up. If God didn’t think you were strong enough to overcome it, He wouldn’t have allowed you to be tempted with it. The truth you have learned in the Word is for your benefit. Use it freely!

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The Way of Escape

We can certainly flee the room or situation, if we’re able. Take Joseph, for example. He took off running as if he was being chased by a nest full of angry hornets. He didn’t want to get stung!

She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. Genesis 39:12 ESV

That wasn’t the only day she was after him. After he was promoted to being responsible for everything in his master’s house, she batted her eyes at him and didn’t beat around the bush. She wanted to get intimate (39:7). He said no right away, but she persisted day after day (39:10).

Not only did Joseph need to flee the physical location of the temptation, but would have needed to respond properly to the daily, verbal bombardment from Potiphar’s wife. She wanted him; she probably fixed herself up fine and turned sultry. If he allowed himself to dwell on her suggestion, there may have been a different outcome to the story.

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The devil will also harass us with a mental barrage of tempting thoughts. We will need to respond with wisdom by utilizing the same strategy that Jesus did. He responded with Scripture every time the devil threw another temptation His way (Matthew 4:1-11).

The way to escape temptation is departure: flee physical temptations by using your feet, and abandon mental temptations by speaking the Word.

It’s foolproof.

What is your strategy against temptation?


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