Superpowers!

Superman is pretty much indestructible. Flash is kind of fast. Wonder Woman has some major skills. And Ironman, well who knew money could be a superpower.

Wouldn’t it be cool if God gave us superpowers? If we had some special gifts that could be used to ward off fear, darkness and protect us from our enemies, that would be great! Of course that makes me think…

Friendship with other Christ followers often changes our outlook for the better. Of course, the word the Bible uses for this is “fellowship”.

Acts 2:44 NLT And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Friendship with another disciple of Jesus can help maintain proper perspective in difficult times. It will definitely encourage faith in seasons of doubt. We simply need other believers in our lives – and close. It is too dangerous, particularly to our faith, when we wander away from those relationships during busy or stressful periods of life. So, I would certainly account friendship with other believers as a superpower.

Giving to other people, needs, and to your church opens a huge avenue of blessing. “We will never lack in the things we learn to give away.” – Unknown. God’s Kingdom doesn’t work like the world in which we live. In the life that we experience with our five senses, people hoard and store things. They try to save for a rainy day, and of course that is wise in regard to temporary things.  But in the Kingdom of God, the more we give away, the more we have to give away. It is like the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. The disciples had so much left over after giving away their borrowed and very meager meal. But if you recall the story of the manna that God used to feed the Israelites in the wilderness, when they tried to save it for the future, it was ruined. The most important things in life are given to be shared. The gift of giving is an amazing gift.

Luke 6:38 NLT Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

Witnessing shares your blessings with others and increases the blessing! Really, witnessing is just another form of giving but it is so rewarding and so powerful for our own experience. When we share our story, especially regarding Christ’s work in our lives, we get to relive the trials and the victories. We get to experience the blessing all over again each time we tell our story. And, We also bless those we tell. It cannot be known how often our story gives someone else the courage to be free. That is powerful!

Proverbs 14:25 NLT A true witness delivers souls.

Praying makes impossible things possible.  There are at least as many testimonies as there are people to have them of the times that prayer has accomplished what nothing else could. The marriages that have been restored, the children that have found their way, and the stories of recovered health will never stop being shared because of this divine gift we call prayer.

Matthew 21:22 NLT You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.

Worshipping not only moves us into God’s presence but somehow moves Him into our circumstances. It is not hard to think of prayer when we are at the end of ourselves, but we often forget the power of worship.

Isaiah 30:18, 29a-30 NLT So the Lord must wait for you to come to him; so he can show you his love and compassion. 29 But the people of God will sing a song of joy… 30 And the Lord will make his majestic voice heard. He will display the strength of his mighty arm. It will descend with devouring flames, with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones.

What a sobering thought that God is waiting on you to come to him so that he can show you his love and compassion. God wants to spend time with you. He wants to give you the love you so desperately desire. He wants to enter your circumstances. Granted, he may not change your circumstances. He may change and strengthen you so that petty circumstances are no longer feared. Yes, worship is a mighty superpower.

So, maybe we possess greater powers than we realize. Have a great summer. Don’t forget you are a Christ follower first. So get to church often. Stay close to your faith friends. Tell your story, pray, and worship every chance you get. In short… Since you actually have superpowers, be a Superhero!