Interview with Author Pastor Randy Frazee
After the last year, many are struggling to make their way and find hope. CSM had the blessing of being introduced to a new book by Kansas City pastor and national author Randy Frazee, written to help equip us to find freedom from things holding us back and to walk in the same power that lifted Jesus from the grave. We asked him a few questions, and here’s what he had to say!
CSpotlight: What was the catalyst to write this book and why is it so important right now?
I was studying the book of Ephesians and read a passage I had read many times before –
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead…(Ephesians 1:18-20)
On this occasion it dawned on me that Jesus didn’t raise himself from the dead. I guess in the past I was reading too fast through the passage to take notice. Turns out it was the Holy Spirit who pulled off this miracle of all miracles. Probing further, I came upon some ancient and current writing that proposed an idea as to why Jesus didn’t have the power to do this in his own strength. Here it is—when Jesus, as God, left the heavens to wrap himself in flesh, he voluntarily left behind his access to his full knowledge and full power. So as he walked this earth for thirty-three years, he had to rely on the Father for direction and the Holy Spirit for power.
Why is this important? As we come upon Easter and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, we are reminded that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. Talk about empowerment to get you through anything life throws our way…including a global pandemic!
CSpotlight: Many of us have hidden struggles, similar to your battle with clinical depression you struggled with while writing your book – how did you break free from the depression?
Not long after I started writing His Mighty Strength, I experienced a crisis that led me into a clinical depression. How ironic that I’m writing a book to teach people how to tap into the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, and many days I couldn’t even raise myself off the couch. God wanted me to prove out these truths through my own life. While it didn’t happen overnight, I ultimately overcame the power depression had over me through following the pattern Christ laid out during his time on earth. Three Steps:
- I emptied myself of the illusion of control over my life and turned it over to God.
- I aligned my life to the will of God knowing that the power of God is reserved for the will of God.
- I didn’t try harder but yielded harder to the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit within me. He went to work.
CSpotlight: In a “recovery year” from the effects of COVID on every aspect of our lives, what would you tell those who feel powerless right now?
I would give believers the advice Paul gave when he was sitting in prison – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) Don’t go it alone. Making fellowship with other believers who are serious about their faith a priority keeps you tethered to God who will guide you and give you the strength to “do all things.”
CSpotlight: How can our readers connect with you and grab a copy of your book?
You will find all the ways to connect with me and get a copy of the book at my website: Randy@RandyFrazee.com.