There are several different words in the Bible that are translated as “power.” Sometimes it is talking about strength, sometimes, energy, sometimes, authority, etc. In some instances, it may combine two of these or all three. Acts 1:8 may be a case in point: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Going over the record given, these empowered disciples appear to have been strong and energetic. They certainly spoke with authority and it made an impact! However, that was then; this is “now!” What about power in our lives? They had power to witness and used it. We have that power and it doesn’t seem to be drawn on very much. It is available when we bring God’s Word to bear on people and their situations, while we rely on the Holy Spirit to use it. If we only quote it like we might quote any other book, it probably won’t accomplish much. If, on the other hand, we let God use His Word through us, it will not return void. In John 6:63, Jesus explains why: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, (they) are spirit, and (they) are life.” When we cite facts, people may agree or disagree; when God speaks through us, it goes beyond the brain and touches the inner lives of listeners. Regardless of response, their hearts have been impacted. The chorus in “Teach Me to Pray,” a hymn by  Albert S. Reitz, conveys the way that we can rely on God to use His Word: “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! Let’s make sure we are “connected.” God will channel the power!    Ron

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