This past Sunday our Gospel reading was from Luke 24:44-53, and I loved how it was written in the Common English Bible version.
“Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. He said to them, “This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Look, I’m sending to you what my Father promised, but you are to stay in the city until you have been furnished with heavenly power.
He led them out as far as Bethany, where he lifted his hands and blessed them. As he blessed them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. They worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem overwhelmed with joy. And they were continuously in the temple praising God.”
With Christ’s death and resurrection, we are furnished with heavenly power! How powerful is that – to know we have the strength and the power that comes from Heaven, from God himself!
When you are doubting yourself, feeling timid, weak, or lacking confidence, just remember that you are strong because you have that heavenly power!