3: The Essentiality of God in Power

What power rules the world? Men and women like to think they have power. Many influence others to a limited degree but no finite person has power over all things. Some are given power in human governmental affairs. Some have power in companies over employees and the manufacture of certain goods. But they do not have the power to control time and events.

Only one person has claimed the power over all things for all earthly time and eternity. Blessed are those who believe the claims of Jesus Christ who was given this power by God, His heavenly Father, Creator of the heavens and the earth.

Anyone who has said the Lord’s Prayer has spoken His words, giving all power to His Father ~ “for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” (Matt. 6:13).

When God created the heavens and the earth, and man in His image, He did so according to His plan and His power. Since Jesus came to earth, was crucified for the sins of His people, rose from the dead, and descended back to the Father, He has been given “all power in heaven and earth,” (Matt. 28:18) “upholding all things by the word of His power” as He sits at “the right hand of the Father” (Heb. 1:3).

For us, as His people, to have any hope and power over our enemies, we must acknowledge His power over all things. It is His power given to us that enables us to triumph over His enemy and ours.

I had thought I might use only a few references in each category but His Word is so rich in the revelation of Himself and His promises, the following list could serve as verses for memorization, devotions, and meditations. Copy and save them until later if you cannot read them now.

 “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all.” 1 Chr. 29:11

 “Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.” Ps. 21:13

“God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.” Psalm 62:11

“He is clothed with power;” Psalm 65:6

“He rules by His power forever;”  Psalm 66:7

“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power,” Psalm 110:3

“Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.” Psalm 66:3

“Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” Ps. 147:5

“They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;” Psalm 145:11

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1 Cor. 4:20

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Heb. 4:12

Power in Jesus Christ

“Jesus saith unto him, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Matt. 26:64

“Christ is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:10

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Rev. 12:10

“For both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24

Power Given to His People

“But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.” Ps. 59:16

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Lk. 24:49

“God gives strength and power to His people.” Psalm 68:35

“Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.” Ps. 71:18

“He giveth power to the faint;  Isaiah 40:29

“Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. Isaiah 50:2

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” Jn. 1:12

“As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” Jn. 17:2

“our faith is in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:5

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Cor. 4:7

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” Eph. 1:19

 “of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.” Ephesians 3:7  

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Eph. 3:20

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Eph. 6:10

“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” Colossians 1:11

 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Pet. 1:5

 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” 2 Pet. 1:3

“Stephen was given power for miracles among the people.” Acts 6:8

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Acts 16:18

 “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Rom. 15:13

Power Given to the Enemy

“When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Lk. 22:53

“Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:” Jn. 19:11

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“To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
Jude 1:25

“And after these things I heard a great voice
of much people in heaven,
saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour,
and power,
unto the Lord our God.
Rev. 19:1

Gracious Father in heaven, no words are sufficient to thank you for the precious promises that assure us of your power over all things, the power of Christ, the power of your Holy Spirit, over us, in us, and through us and all to your glory and for our joy. We praise you in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
© 2020 Fran Rogers

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Passion and Compassion

 

Sharing another thought in the process of our newest book Filled with Grace ~ Wrapped in Glory.

What is the result of “Christ in you ~ the hope of glory?” Colossians 1:27

When we understand the dynamics of a supernatural relationship with Jesus Christ, we live with a passion for Him. That heavenly, spiritual relationship has an effect on our earthly relationships with others.

His passion for us and our passion for Him ~ Filled with His Grace ~ causes an overflow. Passion turns to compassion for others. It is all initiated by the Lord ~ from our head to our heart and through our hands, others know of Him.

It is the power of His Spirit and Word through us that draws others to HIm.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer to every man
that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear:”

1 Peter 3:15

“As every man hath received the gift,
even so minister the same one to another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 
1 Peter 4:10

Dear Father, whose name is to be hallowed, whose kingdom is continually coming and your will being done in us as your children ~ pour out the Spirit of Christ upon your people; draw us to Him through your Word and speak to others through us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

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Weakness and Meekness

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

When I began this article, there were seven young boys and their soccer coach still trapped in a cave in Thailand. They knew that they could not save themselves, to get through the water that had blocked their passageway. Four were brought through the waters by an international team of rescuers, but the others waited. (As we publish, all have been rescued.)

Could they have shared their thoughts as they waited, no doubt they would admit their weakness in saving themselves and their total dependence on anyone who could save them.

In our natural state, human pride pretends to be strong, rather than admit its weakness. It is in cases of despair that men will admit their weakness, and in meekness, cry out and accept help from anyone who can save them.

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10

The apostle Paul followed in the footsteps of the Master as he endured the hardships of the Christian life. He admitted his weakness, but rather than let his weakness keep him from his work of the gospel, he endured in meekness as he counted that “the power of Christ rested upon him.”

As a disciple of Christ, he suffered in his “infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, and distress” (2 Corinthians 12:10) for the sake of Christ. If the only result of his suffering was endurance, we might not be impressed, but he understood the reason for his weakness, so that he would experience the “strength that is made perfect in weakness.” His pleasure was through his suffering as he experienced the strength of Christ in his weakness. When the little “I am” is submitted to Him, the great “I AM” proves His strength.

Beyond a mere Christianity, the sum total seems to be: weakness plus the power of Christ equals pleasure in the presence and power of Christ, no matter the circumstances. No wonder Paul lived a life of meekness, in total dependence on the Lord.
He understood the Master’s words in John 15:4,“without me you can do nothing.”

 This “power of Christ” that rested upon Him was the humbling of the Lord in his weakness, enabling him to submit in his weakness to the strength of Christ. Even in prison, he and Silas worshipped; prayed and sang praises unto God.

“I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

Paul understood the role of the creature in relationship to our Creator. He made us weak, so that we would need Him. When He left our first parents alone to their free will, He proved they were unable to take care of themselves and to fulfill their purpose. It is only when we come in our need to the Savior, in weakness admitting our nothingness and need for Him, that He can save us and be all to us that our Father planned for Him to be. We must in meekness, in true humility, come to Him and experience the difference He makes in our lives. If we mumble through, thinking we can accomplish anything on our own, we miss the true nature of the Christian life. To be humble is the only means of going beyond a mere Christianity to discover the power of Christ and His abundant life within us.

“It is the indwelling Christ who will live His life in us, meek and lowly. We must long for this, above everything, seeking this holy secret of the knowledge of the nature of God as He works all. We must set aside our ordinary religion to secure this, the first and chief of the marks of Christ within us. And begin to praise God that there is opened up to you in Jesus a heavenly humility of which you have hardly known, and through which a heavenly blessedness (which you possibly have never yet tasted) can come into you.” Andrew Murray ~ Humility, the Beauty of Holiness

Dear heavenly Father, how blessed we are that you call us your own, having saved us in Christ, your Son. We praise you that even meekness is the work of your Holy Spirit within us. Enable us to see and admit our weakness and our need for you, so that we can glorify you even when we are afflicted and in distress, taking pleasure in your presence and power with us always. In Jesus’ name we pray and praise you. Amen.
And the Lord Said Unto Me ~ Scripture Tunes
(Suggested Reading: A Broad Review of Andrew Murray’s Humility
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