So why is there such a wide divergence between the incredible power-filled life God promises and the struggling lives we see in so many regular church-goers?
Frankly, I don’t have a clear answer and I’m not judging. Truthfully, I’ve had more than my share of personal struggles.
But I also look back at my life journey and see over time growing closer to God and more into understanding how to live in his power.
For me it began from non-belief to believing God existed to anticipating the remarkable power-filled life he offers. And I’ve continued to seek out the answers for how to live it in that power.
Yes, I’ve chased down my share of blind alleys but never given up the dream.
From this vantage point though, I look back and see God with me through it all, the victories and the struggles.
If I could summarize it, for me it comes down to desire. Believing God’s promise is real and desiring it more than anything else.
It’s a clue I see in a parable Jesus told, “God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.”*
*Matthew 13:45-46 (MSG)