Exhortations

Power is a Gift

Power comes in many ways.

Power is the ability to do something or act in a particular way; it also means the capacity or ability to direct or influence people or the course of events; it could also mean a supply of mechanical or electric energy or great speed. When we hear this word, we already think of the excellent capability of the person possessing this ability.  

Power of awareness, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power of the mind, and the whole nine yards are gifts from God. The gift of inspiration is a powerful force towards our goal. When we use the power righteously given to us, it will please the giver of life. God is our all in all, and when we abuse the power given to us, there is no doubt that it will lead to destruction. We should not be distracted by the influence of people to continue the goodwill of our actions of their misdeeds, slander, or backbiting, but instead, continue to use the power to encourage them to draw back to God.

When life is a struggle, use the power of calmness, the power to think and turn the feelings of struggle into winning by conquering the root that caused it with the help of the Holy Spirit within. Sometimes there is no quick solution, but we need to be resilient as the Bible says in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Joshua has been reminded in 1:9 ESV—“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” These are the anointed men of God, and being human sometimes needs to be reminded. We are succumbing to our weaknesses and forgetting the one that brought us here with a purpose.

Why will God give us power if we cannot use it? Why will He promise us and don’t get it? Freedom of will is so powerful that we often ignore it, the same as the law mandated by the human government. Free will is our response to God when we are in a situation where we must choose whether or not to do the forbidden action. Like in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve used their Free Will against the Will of God, we can feel the outcome of that choice today.

There was one time in the history of humanity when people had one language, culture, and tradition, and they worked with one mind and one spirit. The power of being one drove them to build a tower, later called the Tower of Babel, to protect them if there was a second deluge (flood). The power of being united can lead to the human desire to reach and be equal to God, and God went down from heaven and scattered humans with diverse languages, causing the tower not to be completed.

Suppose power is given to a specific human race. In that case, there is a tendency to abuse it to gain territorial expansion, practice slavery, and wrongly treat the less fortunate. This abuse of power would develop into a usual way of life. God wants us to use power, not against the powerless, but to equip the kingdoms under God. The literal adaptation of the kingdoms will be achieved coupled with knowledge and understanding,

Power in the Bible has a more profound and broader meaning than we can imagine. Physical, mental, and spiritual power is embedded in the human body. It’s the human strength to communicate and do something for a living, the strength of the mind to seek and acknowledge the spiritual gift, and the power to protect our faith through him who strengthens us.

As Paul wrote to Timothy, “For God gave us a spirit, not of fear but power and love and self-control.” If this is not enough, read what Isaiah 40:29-31 said—“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.” Let us be a blessing to others, and the power of God will bless us. God promises that “He will bless those who bless thee.”

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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