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Finished Work Power

Sometimes believers find themselves with a lack of overcoming power in their lives. The Romans 8:37 (2) mentality (of actually being more than conquerors) does not exist for them, and a sense of emptiness is living deep within their souls. They find themselves as the Apostle Paul in II Corinthians 4:8 (3), troubled and perplexed on every side.

But God has offered the ultimate provision for experiencing overcoming power with Christ. It is simply gazing upon the cross. We must not be distracted by looking at the being occupied with the pressures that surround us. God wants us to focus our view only on the cross and reckon on the reality of our position in Christ (4). The words “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2) and those of John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30) give us a glimpse of what it means to have a single eye.

Gazing at the cross gives us a terrific sense of dynamic power, strong conviction and the urgency of obedience. One cannot always put into words the power of a simple gaze at the cross. When speaking to another person, you have his attention and his eyes are focused on you. So it is when we look at the cross that the consuming eyes of our Savior gaze back at us with our very being in His heart. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:14a, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Let us take time for a simple gaze.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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