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Consider This: 5 Great Grace Power Packs to Use

By Dan Woodworth

Have you ever considered the quality of your inner life? We all deeply desire love, joy and peace. We were all created to enjoy life. Jesus speaks in John 10:10:

The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I came so that you may enjoy and experience overflowing real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed of.

How many of us experience this truth every day? A few years ago I noticed that my inner life did not match what Jesus speaks. I felt shame, fear, anxiety and depression during many times of each day. How many of you feel the same way?

We all have! Shame is a sinister feeling. When shame washes over us, the enemy will make sure we feel smaller, shrinking and less than. Grace makes us feel full and complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10) We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

I passionately asked and thanked our Loving Lord for His revelation to me about experiencing love, joy and peace instead of the torment I felt. My prayer was: Lord, I ask You and thank You for revealing to me how to be transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18) instead of being tormented by the thief.

He revealed to me His Great Grace Power Packs. The number five in Scripture means grace. Grace is the ability to Be and Become who we were created to Be and to Do what we were created to Do.

When we live in His grace we live from love (Being in Christ) and not for love (behavior). In other words, if we believe that we are worthy of His love, then we have the ability to experience His love, joy and peace as our constant companions. We no longer need to try and be good and behave, attempting to please our Loving Lord.

The attack of our spiritual enemy produces weakness, sickness, disease, poverty, lack, debt, shame, schemes, curses, destruction and death. Those experiences are the thief stealing, killing and destroying.

The first Power Pack that our Loving Lord revealed to me is Deuteronomy 31:6 in The Message in the first person:

Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought. I am your Living Lord. I’m striding ahead of you. I’m right here with you. I won’t let you down; I won’t leave you.

Our spiritual enemy wants us weak, fearful, intimidated and shamed. To combat those lies we must speak the promises of our Loving Lord with His truth of His strength, courage and confidence. His Living Word has eternal life and resurrection power to destroy the thoughts and feelings that the enemy dumps on us to shrink us.

Listen to His Living Words in Hebrew 4:12:

The word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword…

Jesus overcame the power of the devil’s words with the Word of God that He spoke in Matthew 4:1-11 when He was tempted in the wilderness.

The second Power Pack He revealed to me is Psalm 91:14 in The Message:

If you’ll hold onto Me for dear life, I’ll get you out of any trouble.

Jesus promised us overflowing real and eternal life, more and better life than we ever dreamed of (John 10:10).

He also speaks His Living Words in John 16:33 in the Greek:

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation (trouble), but take courage, I have conquered the world.

Do we see that Jesus promises us that He will get us out any trouble when we hold onto Him for dear life (totally trust Him) in Psalm 91:14?

I feel trouble many times during each day so I quote out loud Psalm 91:14 until I feel peace. His Living Words will work for me, you, anyone and everyone.

The third Power Pack He revealed to me is Romans 4:17:

You are the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being the things that do not exist.

We see Jesus raising three people from the dead (Mark 5:35-43, Luke 7:11-17 and John 11:38-44), Peter raising a woman from the dead (Acts 9:36-43) and Paul raising a young man from the dead (Acts 20:7-12).

Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He is still raising people from the dead. It happens frequently in Africa and Asia, but not too often here in the United States — yet.

In Romans 4:17 we see Abraham speaking the thing that did not exist (being a father at 100 years old) and then the miracle of Isaac being born from his 90-year-old mother Sarah.

All of us face impossibilities. Do we believe that our Loving Lord will graciously give us possibilities by the words that we speak? I have experienced calling into being the things that do not exist many times. So have you!

One particular instance is when we were building a mantle over a fireplace. The piece of wood was twisted and unattractive, but it was exactly the size and shape that the homeowner desired. I thanked Our Loving Lord for making the wood straight and level. I then checked the mantle with our level and it was perfectly balanced and level. Hard wood does not bend by itself. I called into being the piece of wood being straight, which did not exist. Everyone there saw that miracle!

The fourth Power Pack He revealed to me is Ephesians 3:20:

Now unto You, You are the One who is able to carry out Your purpose and do superabundantly above all we can dare ask or imagine, infinitely beyond our wildest hopes, dreams and prayers, according to Your resurrection power at work within us.

We see His Healing Heart for us. He deeply desires to graciously give us beyond belief whatever we dare ask or think.

Do we really believe and act on this promise? I speak this Power Pack several times a day. He does work mightily for us, in us and through us.

Even if we do not see the evidence, if we keep speaking this promise, the answer will come in His timing.

The fifth Power Pack He revealed to me is Colossians 1:9-11:

Thank You, Lord, for filling us with the full knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that we may walk worthy of You, fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work, increasing in the full knowledge of God, empowered with all resurrection power, according to Your glorious might unto all patience and endurance with joy.

This fifth Power Pack destroys all doubt, confusion, shame, lack, weakness, impatience, frustration and weariness. When I feel weak and small and lacking confidence, I speak this Power Pack out loud until I feel everything that He promises.

Our Loving Lord always has a solution to every problem we face. We easily forget that we are in a spiritual battle of life and death. The trick of the enemy is to make us feel and think that we created the problem and we need to solve it in our own ability.

We are in Christ and all of His authority and power have been graciously given to us to conquer any conflict.

I speak out loud these Great Grace Power Packs with My Most Beautiful Bride, Irene, our Sensational Spectacular Son, Chris, and anyone who desires to join us every morning and every night.

These powerful promises always work because He deeply desires us to experience victory in every area of our lives.

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory over shame, sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, since you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

Great Grace Power Packs

1. Deuteronomy 36:1

2. Psalm 91:14

3. Romans 4:17

4. Ephesians 3:20

5. Colossians 1:9-11

These Transforming Truths always work for me and I know they will work for you!

Dr. Dan Woodworth earned his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from the King's University in Los Angeles in 2009. His passion is to encourage and empower people with the transforming power of hope and healing to become all they are created to be. He and his beautiful bride, Irene, have planted three churches. They are in the process of creating a cross/cultural, cross/generational healing community solving pressing problems in Boise and beyond. He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit his website at www.danwoodworth.org.

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