The Path to Powerful
During a recent and somewhat lengthy power outage in my area, I realized something. After about the eighth time I walked into a room and flicked on the light switch only to see nothing happen and suddenly remember, “oh yeah the power is out…” it became massively apparent that power, or lack thereof, affects every area of my life. Even though I can muster up a few alternate ways to create light or heat for a while, eventually I will need some form of power to carry on life as normal.
David was a man in the bible who, once he was finally crowned King, had great power and influence. He had the ability to do almost anything he wanted whenever he wanted. His numerous and valiant victories in war are recorded for all generations to read about and wonder at. His wealth, fame and talents are displayed throughout a good chunk of the bible. The interesting thing about this man though is that David, always one to speak what was going on in his heart and mind, makes many precise claims regarding his power and influence. For example in Psalm 28:7 he says,
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts.” (ESV)
The word “strength” in this verse is the Hebrew word “oz” (Strong's) and it means “strength in various applications.” This word is also often translated “power” as David exclaims again in Psalm 62:11,
“Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God.” (ESV)
David repeatedly asserts to his listeners throughout his Psalms that the great strength and power he may appear to have has come from God who is his “fortress and strength”.
In the New Testament Paul talks about “power” as well in terms which seem to echo David’s sentiment. As Paul is encouraging his young co-worker, he assures Timothy that all the “power” he will ever need comes from something within him.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Tim.1:7)
This Spirit of power is the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), God’s Spirit which indwells everyone who puts their faith in Christ receiving salvation from His finished work on the cross. For the Christian, power is not some illusive force to try and find or create. The power to overcome fear; to love well; to make good decisions; to heal, bless and encourage, lives and dwells within us. There is never a Holy Spirit power outage! Our ability to walk in the power He supplies relies upon our recognition of need for Him and submission to Him.
I am continually learning that every venture on the path to becoming powerful (power-filled) is one of humble surrender towards God and His Spirit. You wouldn't think surrender would create strength but in Father God's "upside-down" kingdom, it actually does. When we stop trying to do it all on our own, He is able to pour His strength into us, and His strength is strength like no other! Just as David did, I want to be able to exclaim about my life,
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” (Ps.62:1)
No matter what “power” you need today, your Father who is the God of all power, comfort, hope and wisdom has made all His power available to you through His Spirit. I pray as you lean on Him today you will find all the strength you need to live the life He desires for you to the fullest!