Pastor Jim Stultz
Updated: May 1
Hurricane preparation is a part of life in Southwest Florida. Making sure you have enough non-perishable food, and bottled water along with flashlights and batteries is part of that preparation. After the threat has passed and the damage was less than expected people usually have an over-abundance of supplies left over. They are in possession of much more than they needed.
I love those two words, “much more”. As a matter of fact, that phrase is used frequently in scriptures regarding our spiritual resources. We can enjoy the much more of salvation. Our guilt was overwhelming but the blood of Jesus was much more able to cover our sins (Rom. 5:9). Even though our sinfulness was overwhelming, Romans 5:20 tells us: “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”. Our weakness and insufficiency to live the Christian life is constantly confronting us. Yet we can rejoice that we can have the much more of the Spirit. Luke 11:13 reminds us: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Hurricanes and tropical storms may cause us to be without electric power, yet Jesus promised that we will never have to do without the power of the Spirit. We are in possession of the much more of salvation and the much more of the Spirit. However the Bible promises that we can have the much more of the Father’s provision for our needs. Jesus told about the birds and the flowers and asked that wonderful question: “shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” God’s children do not have to worry about running out of spiritual energy and victory to live their daily lives. The apostle Paul told us in Romans 8:37: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. We do not have to live on leftover strength or borrow help from others as our Lord have given us much more power to live victoriously in Christ.
You may run out of hurricane supplies when the next storm comes your way. But you will never run out of the Father’s much more that is found in Christ.