The Two Faces of Power

In Scripture, we find a lot about power. Sometimes, the word in the original language has the idea of great energy or explosive energy. Another word is used which means authority. Whichever word is used, how is power manifested? We assume it’s power only when it is dramatic and/or sensational. We expect something visible, something startling and exciting. Power, however, can be invisible such as in the electricity in our homes and businesses. Saul provides an example of a dramatic display of power. In Acts 9:3-4, this dedicated religious man was on his way to Damascus when, “….suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutes  thou Me?” We read or hear about others who have realized their need of salvation and have quietly prayed and received Jesus as Savior and Lord. These are not as visible but, nonetheless, their conversion has been just as powerful as the exciting, visible ones. No matter how the power is manifested, it is always the Spirit of God, using the Word of God, that provides the impact and authority of God’s work in human lives. The Bible’s content is the voice of God speaking to the hearts and minds of men. That voice is powerful when He thunders and when He speaks in a “still, small, voice.” When we use the Word of God, depending on the Holy Spirit to use it, God’s power and authority works in others. The chorus to Albert S. Reitz’s hymn, “Teach Me to Pray,” sums it up well: “Living in Thee, Lord, and Thou in me — constant abiding, this is my plea; Grant me Thy power boundless and free — power with men and power with Thee.” Selah! Our use of the Word of God is spoken of in II Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” Let God use His Word through us and His power will work.    Ron

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