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Topic: Power (05/10/04)
TITLE: True Power
By Jill Hart
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Jesus exerted power over Satan in the gospels simply by speaking the Word of God. These truths were powerful enough to overcome the temptations of the devil. Satan may have power in this world, power over the physical, but he has no power other than what God has granted him (consider Job).
We also see many examples of power being shown in god-fearing people throughout Scripture. People who knew and walked with the Lord had true power. Joshua brought down the walls of the fortified city of Jericho simply by trusting God. Noah saved his family from a flood that killed off the rest of humankind by believing and obeying God. The list goes on and on. These people may not have had physical prowess, but they had power in the spiritual sense.
We are told in Scripture that believers are given a spirit of power through Christ. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
If we have trusted Christ, we have the power to overcome sin, to love others and to allow God to guide and direct us. We are no longer slaves to sin.
Even if we do not have physical power over others, God does. With Him on our side we know true power. If we believe in Christ and trust the Word of God, we hold more power than we can imagine.