The Power of Heroes

Author: JW Yearsley

"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" - opening of Superman

Superheroes are very popular right now. All the big movies for at least the last ten years have been the exploits of people wielding mighty powers. Some of us ponder what superpowers we might want - speed, like The Flash? Strength, like the Incredible Hulk? The Mighty Thor's thunder-hammer, Mjolnir?

The truth is, though, if we are saved; if we are believers, then we have the Holy Spirit living in us, and that means we have a super power. We are given gifts by His presence in us, and they are abilities that are beyond human. Paul says they are "divinely powerful, for the destruction of fortresses," - and those fortresses are the ones that do not fall to artillery or bombs. They are dark fortresses of man's failings: things like guilt, pride, temper, and despair. They are lies and deception. They are every fallen thing lifted up against God - but He chose us to wield His might against these enemies.

These gifts of the Spirit allow our God to accomplish His powerful will through us. He uses those with faith to strengthen those around them, making them endure what would break others. He uses Christians who have a gift of service to help people in need. He sends evangelists to push back the darkness of the world.

The best way to discover your gifts is not just by reading or hearing about them, but trying them out - by serving, and teaching, and giving, and demonstrating faith. We often see early in a superhero movie the hero learning to use his powers, and failing somehow. But they try and try again - and then they discover what they can do. God wants you *active*. He wants you involved in His plan. He's given you the power.

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