Posted: September 2, 2016 in Art, Books, Christianity, Education, Encouragement, Faith, Family, History, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Photography, Politics, Quotes, Success, Travel, Uncategorized


‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ – Acts 1:8 NIV

Reflecting on the subject of power in relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, my mind’s eye visualizes  Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey. What would you do if you were endowed with all of God’s power? How would you make use of unlimited power and resource? The movie, Bruce Almighty, pokes fun at the reality of how our selfishness would get in the way of taking advantage of such a tremendous opportunity and great responsibility. What is most interesting about the movie, is the irony that in all the power and ability Jim Carrey’s character had, he could not possess the one thing he desired most. Jim Carrey’s character, Bruce, could not influence his girlfriend, played by Jennifer Aniston, to love him. His selfishness in making use of his power to amass, attain, and negotiate things to work out in his favor caused him to lose sight of what mattered most.

‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ – Uncle Ben, Spider Man Question? Power from God is power to do what? What is the purpose of that power? Uncle Ben’s words to his nephew Peter Parker were a foreshadowing of what ultimately led to his destiny in donning the blue and red tights after a ‘moment of selfishness’ disabled Peter from using his powers to catch a criminal who later became the culprit in the murder of his Uncle Ben. Peter’s remorse and grief in not capitalizing, in that moment when it mattered, is using his powers for a greater good than to serve his own pleasure compelled him to transcend beyond his individual concerns to the broader concerns of humanity in the use of his power.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. highlighted in his sermon, The Drum Major Instinct, as well as other famous speeches, that the Good Samaritan was a good man, if not great man, because instead of asking what would happen to him if he stopped to help the man on the side of the road, he pondered, ‘What will happen to this man if I do not stop to help him?’ This sermon is inspired from the passage of scripture that involved the dialogue between two of Jesus’ disciples, with jesus, about having the privilege of sitting as his right and left side of his throne when Jesus establishes his kingdom. James and John were thinking about what they could gain from being in a powerful position, or status, as followers of Christ.

When I discuss with my children the notion of their purpose at this stage in their lives, I use my hands to illustrate my desire to see them ascending and moving in an upward direction, climbing, rising, and excelling. I explain to them my desire to see them succeed and get a great head start in life by being resolved and determined not to make choices that would greatly hinder, halt, or impede them in continuously rising above and moving towards what would allow them to be successful in life and thrive. As I talk with them and share this, on the subject of power, I sense and see God saying the same thing to me. I hear the still, small voice of the LORD reminding me and reinforcing to me, as I talk with my children, His desire for me as I share mine with them. Power from God is to live and thrive in a manner that reflects God as the source and resource. Power from God allows me to ascend above and transcend the reality of the condition of my current circumstances to live victoriously. Power from God enables me to be a light to inspire and influence others to come out of the darkness, to serve and support those who are in need of help. An invitation to walk by faith is a tremendous opportunity and great responsibility in making use of the power of God for His glory and the good of others.

Father, bless us and help us to learn to make use of the power we receive from You to bless and benefit others as You bless and benefit us, being careful to do with Your power what You intended for us to do with it in making the world around us a better place.


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