And he said, 1 “I love Thee, O LORD, my strength.” 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. . If something needs to be done for God's design to be realized, we can be sure that God has delegated the power—the capacity, aptitude, authority, and active effectiveness—for it to be done. First, let us turn our attention to Abraham. Is not our Father willing to provide these things for us? 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my stay. Sabbathkeeping (Part 1). 17 If it be [so,] our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But there were problems. . In this miracle, we see the incomprehensible sovereignty and glory of God in His comfort and healing of the sick through His Son Jesus Christ, our Savior. Many of us want to have numbers because we believe there is strength in numbers. Compared to God, men are so puny as to be nothing. In this way, men must give God the glory, and they must trust in Him and in His power, not in men: 20 Where is the wise man? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? He employed His power to heal in order to show that His power extended to the forgiving of sins (Luke 5:17-26; see also Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12). And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:21-26). 5 Holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these (2 Timothy 3:5). Nothing is too difficult for Thee, 18 who showest lovingkindness to thousands, but repayest the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God. Out of weakness they were made strong—strong in faith. They confessed that their deliverance proved God to be God alone, and the word of their deliverance would strike terror in the hearts of the other nations. Look, we will not match Christ as we are mere humans. To His regenerated children, though, He gives an extra, realized capacity to perform His will, just as He gives dunamis to the angelic host to carry out its responsibilities (II Thessalonians 1:7). MP3 | Podcast. It came through His apostles, who gave it to the church. In this vein, I Corinthians 15:25-28 transports us into the future, revealing the source of His powers: For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. They lay claim on God’s power by “faith,” by claiming certain possessions like money and healing. Sometime during the film, a policeman invariably comes running out with his gun drawn and aimed at the suspect, and he says, "Stop in the name of the law!" But do we know just how good? For instance, the power God gives to each of us to understand the Bible is on the level of the miraculous. By his own power or authority, no man can cast out demons. Abram did not believe God’s power was sufficient to enable he and his wife Sarai to bear a son because they were getting old, and Sarai was barren. The question is, “What type of person do I need to be for God to trust me with His power?” If you are going to learn how to walk in the supernatural, then you will need to learn to walk hand in hand with God. In verse 2, God is our rock, meaning our foundation and source of stability, who keeps us grounded and free from unreasonable anxieties. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you. You can respond to the questions below to journey with a mentor and receive prayer. Then his yoke will be removed from them, and his burden removed from their shoulder. 4 Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 1:4). 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). (1) The first thing we should do, in light of the power of God, is to fear, honor, and serve God and God alone. Yet, when we have put on incorruption and immortality, and have inherited the Kingdom of God, we will be the most magnificent masterpieces there are, far superior to what we are now. If we put our trust in the promises, we are putting our hope in the wrong place because they are just added benefits. . The power resides in the words, if we will only use them to live. How can God be and do all these things? He warns them that their lies will prove to be their undoing. Who has sufficient power to nullify God's doing of anything He desires to accomplish? Jesus means, in reference to God's purpose, that we could do nothing spiritually without what He adds to our labors. These remarkably high standards are possible because God is our strength. Psalm 18 praises God for His strength, strength in which he can take refuge (see verses 1-2). It may not be to the same intensity, but we have His faith. Nebuchadnezzar was soon to learn yet another lesson concerning the power of God compared to his own “power.” He discovered that his “power” had been given to him by the God of all power. Most of us have noticed and compared the barrenness of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq on television with the fruitfulness of our nations. 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). And we would not excuse ourselves from obeying the “impossible” commands like, “love your enemy.” We would live our lives much more dangerously if we really believed God is omnipotent. Verses 3-7 praise God for the deliverance He gave David from the hand of his enemy, Saul (see also verse 1). Martin G. Collins Martin G. Collins Through the “foolishness” of the message of the cross, men are saved. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. He is our Creator, who ... With the aid of the Bible, we can experience God's power in our lives... a. (II Timothy 1:7). It seems Abram thought God’s power was sufficient to protect him only when he was in the right place and when the people of that place feared God. Abraham had a resurrection faith, just as we are to have (see Romans 10:9). There are many times in life where we operate on our own strength. Sometimes this means working only through a person's natural ability. He is “God Almighty” —a title indicating that he possesses irresistible power. Our hope is in Him. Verses 3-4 are said to David's attackers, who were attempting to undermine his reputation before the public while also seeking a way to assassinate him. When we do this, we step out of the remarkable power God … In some ways, David’s faith in the power of God diminished over time. God's word is what they ask for and need. And we offer “therapy” in a thinly disguised version of (poor) secular psychology and psychiatry, rather than challenging men and women to think biblically and to obey the Word of God. After having first displayed His power at creation, God’s second great demonstration of power is seen at the Exodus. In verses 5-7, David turns his attention back to himself, trying to encourage himself by resolving to wait patiently upon God as his only trustworthy hope. If it can be put this way, this is what we need to work toward. What a challenge to the power of God! Jesus commands the demon to leave, giving it a short, direct order backed by God's authority. Mankind, then, is given power, the Holy Spirit. One would consult an auto mechanic if the car needs to be repaired, etc. As many as receive Him, to them He gives the right and the power to become children of God. Why does my lord seek this thing? 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. God's Holy Spirit imparts to us His love, giving us the power to obey His laws in their full spiritual intent. We see this in the fact that people want to belong to something or serve someone or some cause greater than themselves. We have limited imitations of it. (1) All power belongs to God—“Thine is the power. Remember, Jesus says, "Without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). We tend to think of wealth in terms of material things like the size and location of our home, the cost of our automobile, or the fashionableness of our clothing. Sin is strong, but God’s power is always stronger! Of and by Himself, Jesus had no more power than any other human being. The King James Version reads "power." David was never stronger than in his weakness as a youth, when he stood up against Goliath in the power of God and not in his own strength. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. Christ shows that the power of the earthly elements is dwarfed by the mighty word of the Lord, and it stirs them deeply. Let us consider the issue of power with respect to Jesus Christ. (5) Even the unbelief and rebellion of men is used by God to demonstrate His power (Romans 9:17). 2 So David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, “Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan, and bring me [word] that I may know their number.” 3 And Joab said, “May the LORD add to His people a hundred times as many as they are! Ephesians 3:18-20 6. And so in the later books of the Old Testament, the creation of the world and the creation of the nation Israel (by means of the exodus) becomes a major theme. It is profound because this God—Jesus' God—is God, and He can fulfill His promises. Abram lived, and Sarai did not become another man’s wife. 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not [come to] know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. But David stayed at Jerusalem. Notice that Jesus says authority has been given to Him. . Thus God uses water to illustrate an aspect of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). (3) In a simple proclamation of the gospel (Romans 1:16). When David says in Psalm 62:11, "God has spoken once, twice . If the need is medical, seeing a doctor makes sense. who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end - then you say in your heart, "My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth." Through the “weakness” of a cross, God brought salvation to men. He restores our energy. When we preach, we employ the marketing methods of our day, proven to be successful in producing results. Deuteronomy 32:35-37 is the source for Paul's instruction. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH” (Romans 9:17). The gospel's power lies or resides in its words produce in our minds. The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Stilling a Storm, Miracles Of Jesus Christ: Stilling a Storm, The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Paralytic (Part Two), The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Exorcism in the Synagogue, The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Six), The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Nineteen). (4) By the exercise of spiritual gifts (Ephesians 3:7). 3 You shall have no other gods before Me. The Holy Spirit is described generally as the power of God, which is certainly correct, but power comes in a number of forms. Notice the response of Daniel’s three friends. 21 And Thou didst bring Thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders, and with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror; 22 and gavest them this land, which Thou didst swear to their forefathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. The gospel is "the power of God unto salvation" (Romans 1:16). Psa 33:3. 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and [yet] no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:38-40). Nothing is too difficult for Thee’” (Jeremiah 32:17). Do we begin to see that it is He who should be our hope? Martin G. Collins Power for the impossible. . It is as though He owns it; it is His to use and/or distribute as He alone sees fit. In fact, God was powerful enough to close the wombs of every woman living in Abimelech’s kingdom of Gerar (20:17-18). What they really needed was power. Similarly in Acts, Peter describes "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him" (Acts 10:38). .” (Matthew 6:13). I do not suggest to God that he keep his distance lest his beauty become irresistible and violate my neighbor’s power of self-determination. They do so because they speak of even greater events God is going to bring to pass, events which involve a “new creation,” and therefore require the power which only God, the Creator, has: 5 Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk in it, 6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, 7 To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, And those who dwell in darkness from the prison. Later, Moses would remind the second generation of Israelites of this great event and of the power of God to which it bore witness: 32 “Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and [inquire] from one end of the heavens to the other. That's why we are likened to a body - because what gets things done is unity in diversity. Why can we have absolute confidence in God’s promise of protection? 17 Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ 18 But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as [it is] this day” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 17-18). We can trust in God and find in Him a place of refuge, because He is the one true God whose power includes the control of all the forces of nature.13. Yet, most find no … The answer to this question is crucial, and the answer of the Bible is clear and unequivocal: 3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3). It emanates from Him and thus can be said to be "poured out" (Titus 3:5-6), "breathed" (John 20:22), and used to "fill" (Acts 2:4) and "anoint" (Acts 10:38). 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power (Ephesians 3:7). The resurrected Son is the channel through which the Father's every purpose and plan are being worked out. 18 For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ (Romans 15:18-19). . 24 Behold, the siege mounds have reached the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, the famine, and the pestilence; and what Thou hast spoken has come to pass; and, behold, Thou seest [it. (For the choir director. And He personally brought you from Egypt by His great power” (Deuteronomy 4:32-37). God's power in creating is evident; because he needs no instruments to work with; he can work without tools; because he needs no matter to work upon; he creates matter, and then works upon it; and because he works without labour; He spake, and it was done.' They waxed in valor, which means they "increased" or "grew. Five times in this brief, twelve-verse psalm, he exhorts himself or instructs us that God is the only sure place of refuge and of help in times of need. There is far more to God being the Source of the powers that we need to serve Him and become prepared for His Kingdom. This truth transformed the lives of men in the past, and it can transform our lives today. Here, Abraham was set to obey God, and the New Testament tells us clearly how he could do so—he was convinced of the power of God to resurrect his son from the dead: 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten [son]; 18 [it was he] to whom it was said, “IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED.” 19 He considered that God is able to raise [men] even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type (Hebrews 11:17-19, emphasis mine). 15 Then the channels of water appeared, and the foundations of the world were laid bare At Thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Thy nostrils. The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Nineteen). He gives it to us as a gift of His grace. . The people are not only astounded but also fearful of God's power through Jesus. 2:13). But without the power of God, His love will be useless. (14) God’s power and those who oppose God and His servants. When combined, these verses show that the Holy Spirit gives a person the effectiveness for God's will and God's work to be done through him. What does God do here through Jesus Christ? John W. Ritenbaugh We can stand by the power of the eternal God in those very areas where we used to fall in sin again and again! God is omnipotent whether we believe it or not. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego refused to bow down to this image, infuriating the king who made this threat: 14 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? (Part Five). The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. Power of God In Psalm 62, David suggests that, when we need help in time of trouble, why not just go right to the top? 33 Has [any] people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as you have heard [it], and survived? But His ability to insert Himself into and affect events anywhere in His creation is contained within the power that emanates from His mind. We must humble ourselves, never forgetting that we are created and that we live by the gifts He provides. So too David instructed Joab and the princes of Israel to number the troops of Israel. Are we using them, and if not, why not? And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. That wealth is power is an easily recognized concept. But God has not only saved us by His power, He also works in us to sanctify us by His power: 8 And those who are in the flesh cannot please God. There is healing and nourishing power, so God uses oil to symbolize His Spirit. In Him resides the power to save in a right and good way. 18 [I pray that] the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Unity (Part 5): Ephesians 4 (B). 14 The peoples have heard, they tremble; Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia. Similarly, dunamis is also translated "miracles" a few times. It begins to open an awesome thought to consideration: Nobody has power unless God provides it for his use. I discuss why we need God’s power at work and what happens when it is unleashed. 2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. God tells us clearly that the Holy Spirit is given to convict us of sin (John 16:8-9). 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