Power is an energy that can be harnessed and directed to achieve an end or purpose. It may also be an influence that has the capacity to alter a sequence of events or a person's behavior and life. Power can be good or bad, helpful or harmful. Individuals may either delight in its arrival or shudder at mention that its coming. No doubt, power causes effects whenever someone unleashes it. It alters the status quo and, often, changes trajectories and establishes a new state of being. Power can take control of anything when it exceeds other influences.
In 2 Peter 1:3, the Bible speaks of God's divine power. As such, it serves his purposes and exceeds all other influences. The true scope of such power is humanly inconceivable. Only God can dispense or withhold it. He's in complete control. Imagine the possibilities that a person could harness, control, and direct infinite power. Such a person would have to exceed infinite power to control it. God hold such power and authority.
God's divine power is infinitely and endlessly influential upon the human race, individual lives, and the course of human events. History itself bows to its influence. The arrival and influence of such power in a person's life is a game changer. "His divine power has granted us everything related to life and godliness."
The scope and greatness of divine power highlights the significance of free choice and the might and disaster of Satan's ability to distract, deceive, and tempt us away from such a treasure.
Consider this. When satan is described as a person who has come to steal, kill, and destroy, these words describe no petty theft, minor injury, or minor destruction. His theft is great. He steals our opportunity to experience and interact with divine power. it's the heist of the century. If carried out successfully, spiritual death is total, separation is infinite, God's glory departs, and the remaining rubble bears no resemblance to God's plans and designs. The destruction is thorough and complete. What's even more, afterward, Satan deceives us into thinking that this aftermath is the "good life," quenching our yearning for anything better. We become truly trapped in sin, rather than empowered by God.
In life, we may go on a hike and look down over a cliff, afraid of falling and meeting our death. In reality, we should look upward, spiritually, toward God, and both realize and lament where we have fallen from. We are already crumpled at the bottom of the fall into sin.
If God unleashes this kind of power, divine power, into the lives of believers - on their behalf. What, then, holds us back? What lack hinders us? When we hear God's call to proclaim His name and His works, what drags us down? From where do hesitation and fear emerge? Certainly not from God's great repository of divine power. Shrinking back is an action of fallen humanity influence by sin and evil. It is the devil's work.
"God, today help me and my fellow believers to live charged by Your divine power, not drained by the devil."
Crossing the Lines
The ideas behind this blog emerged from my study and preaching of a message I titled "A Single Step." It was an unexpected message out of Philippians 2:12-18. I'm the one who was surprised. I had a whole different idea of where the sermon would go. Then, I got into the text and followed it. That led, eventually, to the response by individuals after the message. God worked in me and in our congregation. He's still at work.
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