Be strengthened in His Might.
23 “As for The Almighty, we cannot find Him; He is Excellent in power, in judgment and abundant justice; He does not oppress. 24 Therefore men fear Him; He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart.” (Job 37).”
Power is essential to get things done and to overcome any opposing force. When someone is powerful, they are fearless and indomitable in the face of challenges. Those in power should not abuse it, to take advantage of those who can’t defend themselves. Power should be used to help the oppressed, deliver those who are in need, and subjugate evil.
6 Blessed be The Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications. 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore, my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise Him. 8 The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed. 9 Save your people, and bless your inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever (Psalm 28)
When in trouble, we call on the one who can help and do so expediently. God hears us wherever we may be, and at the drop of a hat. His Power is not limited to the natural order of things. He can move against time and space to come to our aid. He is the strength of those who trust Him.
He will not compete with our self-sufficiency; so we must lean entirely on Him. We can have peace knowing that He is our present help and strength. Don’t ask of God and then doubt Him. He saves all who call upon Him. Call and trust that He is reliable, dependable and capable. He will uphold us with His Mighty Arm, so that we are preserved from impending harm. As we wait on Him to deliver us, we can rejoice in His Greatness that will not fail us. He is the One Who hears and answers when we call. He sends help in many different ways.
5 “Behold, God is Mighty, but despises no one; He is Mighty in the strength of understanding. 6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked, but gives justice to the oppressed. 7 He does not withdraw His Eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, for He has seated them forever, and they are exalted (Job 36).”
There are those who get power from a position or wealth, and it begins to go to their head. They might become condescending to others who have less than they do. But God in His Greatness, doesn’t despise anyone who is frail, or is down-and-out. His Might comes from His Understanding and Wisdom, and Power to deliver those who can’t deliver themselves from those who are more powerful. God’s Power brings justice to the oppressed. The wicked who oppress those who are weak and helpless will not live a full life—God has shortened their days on earth. Power should be used to fight for the weak and poor, and to eradicate wickedness and injustice. God positions the righteous in proximity to kings or those in authority. He will give the righteous a place to exercise righteousness, by giving them access to the king’s ears and affairs. When an authority seeks counsel from a righteous one, they will execute justice and righteousness. By God’s Power the righteous are well situated to be a great influence.
23 But these people have a defiant and rebellious heart; they have revolted and departed. 24 They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear The Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” 25 Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you (Jeremiah 5).
Sin is rebellion that discounts God’s Instructions, and disregards Who He is. Those who are defiant to God don’t fear Him. They don’t think about Him or believe that He is capable of reacting to their disobedience. They see the work of God’s Hands and still deny His existence. There’s a sense of reverence shown to those in power; the boss, law enforcement, parents or judge; yet often God doesn’t get the honor and fear He deserves. He appoints the seasons and days, the boundaries around the seas, the wind and the Sun are under His Command. He blesses those who fear Him—who seek to please Him. Sin withholds God’s Favor from us. The Most High God desires to bless us, by using His Power to orchestrate everything around us for our good.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God; bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10).
We must try to overcome temptation and every thought that would lead us to sin against God. We are susceptible to lose our foothold, if we allow our thoughts to get out of control. The more we discipline ourselves to live righteously, the more courage we have to overcome temptations. Our mind needs to be trained to battle in the spirit. Our thoughts feed our fleshly desires, so they must be subdued. We have to fight in God’s Might, because we are often too weak to resist our own desires. The power to overcome is accessed through obedience to Christ. The Spirit of Christ will convict us and instruct us to do what is right. So we must reject any voice that tunes Him out. We are no longer slaves to our whims, but are free to fight every thought that defies God. Freedom is the power to resist any form of oppression. We are victorious in Christ, to bring all thoughts in subjection to Him.
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His Presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in The Lord (1 Corinthians 1).”
The greatest power is the one that brings about a spiritual transformation. Physical strength and stamina can be brought to its knees by disease or despondency. The Power of sanctification is available to anyone who seeks it; God knows those who yearn for it. It’s seldom the highly educated, the brawny, or the wealthy who seek it, because they are self-dependent. God has called, out of this world, those who are wanting by the world’s standards, to receive what no one can offer them—The Power of Salvation, through redemption and sanctification. Those who are called are wiser, mightier, and wealthier, spiritually. They may seem like a nonentity to the world, but they have been endowed with the greatest riches and power from above. The wise of this world have rejected the simplicity of the Gospel of Salvation in Christ Jesus, to their shame. They are described as benighted, weak and destitute, by God’s Standards. No flesh will glory by fleshly (worldly) achievements before God. Glory is only found in Christ Jesus—abiding in Christ; one with Him, sanctified, righteous, and redeemed from the powers of darkness.
17 The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of Glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling; what are the riches of the Glory of His inheritance in the saints; 19 and what is the exceeding Greatness of His Power toward us who believe, according to the working of His Mighty Power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places; 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come (Ephesians 1).
God imparts to those He has called the spirit of knowledge and wisdom, to be acquainted with Him. To those He favors, He gives access to Himself, so that they may know the riches of their inheritance in Christ. What is the hope of your calling in Christ? It is the exceeding Greatness of God’s Power working in those who believe. The same Power that brought our Lord Jesus back to life is ours for the asking. He gives us Power according to His Might. When do we need power? Each day God’s Power is working on our behalf. We must ask in prayer for God to keep us, sustain us and preserve by His Mighty Power. We have great hope each day we wake up; to know and see for ourselves, how much Power is working for us. In times of distress, we can call at any moment and receive according to God’s Riches in Glory.
4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. 5 We will rejoice in Your Salvation, and in The Name of our God we will set up our banners! May The Lord fulfill all your petitions. 6 Now I know that The Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His Right Hand. 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember The Name of The Lord our God (Psalm 20).
Where is your place of strength and confidence? May it be in The Name of The Lord. As you face each day, exalt His Name—this is the Power which you represent. When you call on God, may He delight in you to give you the desire of your heart. May He save with His Right Hand, and become Your Salvation. He is your full portion to satisfy you with joy and sustain you with His Power. Rejoice therefore, in His Salvation. While some trust in man-made weaponry, in their physical strength or their possessions, you, remember your Creator. Hold up the banner of His Name in prayer, and see the deliverance of The Lord.
We serve a Mighty God. He gives according to the riches of His Glory, and will not suffer His righteous ones to lack. Stick with God and you will not be put to shame. Obey by restraining the fleshly lusts that war against your mind and spirit. Christ has won us the victory, by His Power over death, we are made new in Him. We are no longer who we used to be. We are going from strength to strength in The Mighty Power of God, day after day. He delivers the oppressed and fights for them. Though He is Majestic in Power, He will not use it to destroy those who humble themselves before Him.
God will honor those who fear Him, by aligning them with movers and shakers, to execute righteousness and justice. We exalt the banner of His Name as our defense and salvation. Though we may have little to our name, He has called us out of this world by His Greatness. He has chosen His people to show off His Might through them. We will therefore not trust in frothy wealth, physical strength or human weapons. As long as we are in Christ, we are kept in His Power.
5 I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me. 6 Would He contend with me in His Great Power? No! But He would take note of me. 7 There the upright could reason with Him, and I would be delivered forever from my Judge (Job 23).