Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 25, 2015

February 25, 2015 “It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…”

“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Good Morning Redeemed of the Lord!

“Faster than a speeding bullet…more powerful than a locomotive…able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look! Up in the sky…’It’s a bird…It’s a plane…it’s Superman!” Like many kids of my generation, one of my daily treats was watching the exploits of the Man of Steel…“strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.” It’s even a bit surprising to me that I still remember, word for word, the introduction to that show, so ingrained it is in my mind. Evidently, I watched far too much television as a child! Superman was a hero to me. Those who followed the show will remember that he derived his strength from the earth’s closest star, the Sun. It was the sun that gave him his supernatural abilities. Bullets would bounce harmlessly off his chest, (but wasn’t interesting that he would stand there and let gunshots bounce away, but if a chair would be thrown at him he would dodge it…I wonder why? He did have one glaring vulnerability, however. The element Kryptonite, a meteor of his home planet, could render him weak and helpless if he were exposed to it.

Just like Superman, we, too, have available to us great supernatural power supplied not by earth’s star, the sun, but by the Son of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. We access that power by dwelling in His glorious presence as his faithful disciples, his followers, through prayer and supplication. There is no greater power in the universe. In fact, it is He that created the universe by speaking it into existence.

But also like Superman, we have a great vulnerability. the strangely compelling allure of the things of this world in which we dwell. Succumbing to its allure and withdrawing from the true source of our power, the Son, leads to our destruction.  Methodist minister Samuel Chadwick reminds us,

“Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”  

Through prayer, we are transformed from mere mortals into men and women of power, full of life, vitality, and supernatural strengthening, for it brings us into the Throne Room of the Most High God. Do not allow the mesmerizing glow of the world and its charms deceive you. Your power source is the Son. Your connection is prayer, so…let’s pray!

Mighty Lord; In You there is strength beyond imagining. We were not created to do battle with this world alone, but armed with supernatural power that only You can supply. Empower us through Your Holy Spirit to go from victory unto victory in this life, until that great day we see You in unveiled glory, declaring Your praise for countless ages. This we pray in the Name of Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen!

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