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A “spiritual life” consists in that range of activities in which people cooperatively interact with God – and which the spiritual order deriving from God’s personality and action. And what is the result? A new overall quality of human existence with corresponding new powers.

Willard, The Spirit of Disciplines, 67

Let us unpack that kind of new power a lively spiritual life entails.

Where this power is derived from:
The power of reconciliation (Romans 5:11)
The power of unity (Romans 15:5)
The power of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:4)
The power of God (I Corinthians 2:5)
The power of the cross (I Corinthians 1:17-18)
The power of grace (Ephesians 3:7)
The power of the resurrection (Philippians 3:10)

What this power allowed us to do:
The power to forgive (Matthew 18:22-23)
The power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4)
The power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ (Ephesians 13:18)
The power to know love that surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 13:19)
The power to stand your ground (Ephesians 6:13)
The power to be transformed (Philippians 3:21)
The power to love (2 Timothy 1:7)
The power to self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
The power to persevere (James 1:12)
The power to have your good purposes filled (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
The power to have everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)

The kind of power this is:
The power that is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The power that is like the working of his mighty strength (Ephesians 1:19)

This power is given to those who believe (Ephesians 1:19). And those who are faithful in that belief will receive the crow of life (Revelation 2:10). How do we have that faithfulness? By leading a spiritual life characterized by discipleship.

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