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‘For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.’– 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

A recent talk with my daughter has inspired my desire to post reflections from the content of those words shared. As I consider how to organize the thoughts in a context to be read in this post, my mind’s eye envisions me hearing from God in conversation with me on the subject of power, as I communicated these same thoughts to my daughter. As it is important to me my daughter takes ownership of the concept of being ‘powerful’ in who God created and intended for her to be in walking by faith, I understand it is His desire for me to take possession of this concept too.

When you hear the word ‘powerful’ in the context of walking by faith, or in association with being a child of God, what comes to your mind? How does one exemplify what it means to be powerful? Being powerful, from the perspective of Scripture, means I have power to do what? Why is it important to see one’s self as powerful? Does it really make a difference?

In reflection to the final two questions I posed in the previous paragraph, I will say this. In conclusion to the Bible study and discussion my daughter and I had on the subject of what is written in 1 Corinthians 7:34 regarding a ‘single woman’ being devoted to the LORD in body and spirit, her take away from the lesson was the reality of being powerful. The reading, reflection, and discussion from the Scripture left her feeling empowered with a sense of purpose and significance. Ever feel that way after spending quality, quiet time alone with God and His word? That Bible study and discussion led to a later extended conversation that, together, led me to consider posting those reflections.

Understanding the ‘why?’ behind my desire to post content on the subject of ‘powerful,’ I close with a story I shared with my daughter that aptly summarizes the theme of this content. I have a former student, I’ve known since she was in 7th grade, who is now a happily married mother of 3 darling daughters. She is a professional, who works from home, and enjoys being a wife and parent. As we were concluding a recent phone conversation from catching up on how life was going, she affectionately referred to her 3 daughters, one newborn, as ‘amazons.’ We laughed discussing how she had 3 minime’s to prepare for the world when she made the affectionate declaration of how she saw her daughters that resonated with me.

My explanation to my daughter was that conversation was inspiring to me, as often my talks with this former student have consistently been throughout, because it is a reminder and reinforces how parents should be preparing and training their children to go out into to the world. Empowered to go out and live, thrive, and conquer (be victorious). To make use of their god-given power to affect positive change and make the world around them a better place. To adhere to God and the power of wisdom and self-control, to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel and walk worthy in the calling of being a child of God. I passionately translated that dialogue with my former student, in conversation with my daughter, on the subject of the upcoming release of the movie Wonder Woman. An amazonian princess, born of the gods, who comes to earth and makes use of her ‘power’ to make the world around her better.

The discussion of Scripture with my children is a most enjoyable moment for me. Engaging them in dialogue about the principles of faith and learning to encounter an intimate, personal relationship with God is inspired from my personal faith walk I seek to leave as a legacy for them to pass on to their children. Even so, I am reminded of how much God desires for me to take to heart what I seek to pass on to my children so I may live, thrive, and experience the power of Christ in a way that allows me to be powerful as I desire for my daughter, my children to be.

Father, grant us the courage, wisdom, and self-control necessary to allow the power of Christ to manifest in, through, and around us in a manner that allows us to be powerful in the way You intended and created us to be.

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‘Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”’ – Exodus 33:18 NIV

What would it take to go in a way that is unfamiliar to you? What would be required to help you summon the courage to take a path that is filled with uncertainty and instability? What source of inspiration would help galvanize sufficient resolve within you to step out into dark circumstances believing light will manifest?

This is what is at the heart of the dialogue between God and Moses in the book of Exodus in chapter 33. In your faith walk, have you ever felt compelled to be direct with God about being assured He is present with you and His presence with you will result in what He promised? Ever felt within yourself the determination to be distinguished as one who lives for God? Has the thought ever entered your mind, or your dialogue with God in prayer declared, ‘Unless it’s of God, I don’t want it?’ All of this is involved in this intimate conversation recorded for us to participate in reading that occurred between Moses and God.

If you can identify with any of the inquiries proposed in this post, then rejoice in knowing you are in good company. During his sojourn with God in walking by faith to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, Moses was willing to disclose from his soul what was most important to him in experiencing the fulfillment, reward, and outcome of what compelled him to follow God versus going his own way. In his final public speech, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, ‘It doesn’t matter what happens now. I just want to do God’s will.’ In the gospel of John, chapter 4, Jesus stated, ‘My food is to the do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’

At the core of these two statements by Jesus and Dr. King, I hear the sound of passion. The same passion I hear when I carefully read and inspect the intimate conversation had between Moses and God. All 3, Moses, Dr. King, and Jesus, had a resolve that what walking by faith would allow them to encounter was of greater value, significance, and importance to the fulfillment they desired to see manifest in their life than anything else. They were driven by a passion greater than themselves to fulfill a purpose beyond their capacity to accomplish on their own. The journey towards the extraordinary, impossible, and the miraculous requires us to be fueled by a passion and filled with a purpose greater than our capacity to initiate in our strength.

My previous 5 posts involving the lives of Joshua, Gideon, the 3 Hebrew Boys, the sick woman, and Peter all share a distinguishable commonality. Each were in a context of improbability that, by outward appearances, would not have resulted in encountering something extraordinary, rewarding, or fulfilling. To move towards, experience, and encounter something greater, better, new, they each had to summon courage and demonstrate a resolve that did not waver in unbelief, but was established in confidence that God will do it.

What is God challenging you to be courageous in walking by faith to act, believing He will do it and show you His glory?

Father, grant us the courage, resolve, and passion required to continue our journey of walking by faith believing You will do what You promise to move us towards the fulfillment of experiencing something greater, better, new with You.

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