Today’s Scripture: The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. PsalmĀ 119:130-133

A Christian who is on fire for Christ is like a powerful steam locomotive. According to Kate Eaton in the Chicago Tribune article “All Aboard!” some of the old steam locomotives were more powerful than the combined force of three modern diesel locomotives. The key to the incredible power of a steam engine is steam itself. Kate writes,

You may think you see it above your whistling tea kettle or on your bathroom mirror, but that’s not it. Steam is the clear vapor between the hot water and the visible mist. As it forms at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, it expands to take up much more space than its liquid state. This explosive expansion, harnessed in a giant locomotive, is what powered 250-ton engines pulling 20 or more railcars through the Blue Ridge Mountains, across the Great Plains, and over the deserts of the west.

The key to a strong Christian’s power is reading the Word of God and spending time in prayer. Practicing these things will soften our hearts so God can mold and direct us. It will also energize us to do the work He has for us to do each day. On the other hand, neglecting these things will harden our hearts and slow us down.

Do you want to have power in your spiritual life? Then concentrate on the basics: set aside a little time each day for prayer and Bible reading. As you spend time alone with God, He will start working on your heart. He will show you how to apply the truth to your life. Strongholds will be torn down. Burdens will become lighter. Most importantly, your life will be filled with power.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder