The Intentional Living Podcast
GOT POWER? 3 Forms of Power For Your Life

GOT POWER? Sometimes I lack power (energy, drive, passion, direction, perspective, etc.). And those days don’t go quite as well. Either something has hit or parked in my life, and that development requires extra personal power. Usually it’s some kind of unexpected power drain. Sometimes it’s a tragedy. Other times it’s simply the fact that things often don’t progress as hoped or planned.

When a power drain happens, it takes time to replenish power reserves. Just like it takes time to recharge your device, it takes time to recharge your inner and outer person.

I am reminded how important power is in a person’s inner life. It affects every detail all day. Perspective, assessment and judgment skills, problem-solving skills, perseverance, and more.

Your Power Supply

Have you noticed any power drain in your life? Perhaps finances? Career? Other people? Time? Perspective? Lack of discipline? Terrible losses? Health issues? So many things require application of your personal power supply.

I’m guessing whatever has slammed into (or parked in) your life, you’d give almost anything to have power to effectively navigate through to the other side of it.




You may also need practical resources like money, a job, certain relationships, more time, better perspective, more discipline, a new season with gains instead of losses, better health. But the first thing you need is power.

What Is Power?

Power is an interesting concept. It’s an essential resource . . . a critical force. When I think about power, I think of armies, great machines, electricity, strong muscles, great structures. But power, at its root, is a much simpler idea. Power is the force that makes things come to be.

For people, inner power happens when you exercise your “will” moment by moment. This is often called willpower, and it enables you to live your life and make choices that become habits and patterns with certain results. Willpower is a force that can function with or without feelings, desired circumstances, or hopeful outcomes.

What Do You Do With Your Willpower?

So how can you be sure you are using your will power well? And how do you re-charge when you are low on power?

God holds the entire universe – and your entire life – in place. Even while undesirable things happen. Scripture says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:17) Since He is the source of eternal power, it’s critical to plug into God.

Plugging into God’s power connects you with:

  • reality,
  • your inner heart,
  • resources and tools to help you live life more effectively,
  • the ticking clock so you can be more efficient,
  • healthy habits and energy so you can live better and longer.

Are you plugging into God’s power regularly? Are you engaging your willpower to connect with God each day – in His Word, in conversation with Him (prayer), and in obedience to what He is teaching you?

God’s Word Comes in Three Forms:

  1. Living form
  2. Written form
  3. Infused form

The living form of God’s power is Jesus Christ – the one original power. If you don’t have Him, you don’t have the source of power that was before all things, that created all things, and that holds all things together. You need this!

The written form of God’s power is Scripture, the Bible – power on paper. If you don’t have Scripture in your mind and heart, you don’t have the resource to help you navigate life, solve problems, make changes, know right from wrong, and move forward in your life. You need this!

The infused form of God’s power is His Spirit indwelling your life – the secret power that enables you to become like Christ. If you don’t have the Spirit of Jesus living in you, and if you have not given Him the “final say so” in ALL your choices, you put a lid on your personal power. You need this!

This third form, infused power, is real and constant! Yet, it is only a “working theory” for you until it is applied. Theory becomes power when you plug into Christ. Plugged in, you get – POWER to:

  • endure.
  • change and rise above.
  • sustain in hard times.
  • grow from suffering.
  • be disciplined.
  • love, show kindness, and be gentle with firmness.
  • praise and be thankful.
  • be an example of Jesus Christ.



Plug into Jesus Christ in all details of your life each day. Jesus loves you – so much! He has your best interests in mind and His sleeves are rolled up to help as soon as you turn to Him in faith. Get power. Plug into the Living Form, the Written Form, and the Infused Form of God’s power.





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