November 23, 2010
The Power Belongs to God
I’ve been thinking about this Scripture and also about the many “confessions of faith” that I read and or hear in the various circles that I am a part of. I believe in the power of words. I also believe that we need to speak the truth of God’s Word. Yet I cannot help but question, at times, if people’s faith is in the power of their word or in the power of the Word. The “living Word” to be more specific and His trustability.
Who do we trust?
Are we trusting God OR are we trusting in the perceived power of our declarations and attempts at appearing strong and sufficient? Our trust is an indicator of where we believe that the power lies. Where we place our faith matters.
A biblical example
David was a man after God’s own heart. A warrior and king; he knew all about battles. He also knew about power. Yet in Psalm 62 he makes some very interesting declerations. He speaks about waiting, weakness, vulnerability and hints at "surrending."
Ah, surrender, now there is a word we rarely hear in Christian circles. Why? Because we often associate the word “surrender” with the word defeat. Yet when looking at Scripture we find that these two words are not remotely related.
The power of letting go
In order for us to have victory as a believer we must continually “surrender” ourselves to God. That means we must turn over, turn loose, let go, and leave things with Him. There is POWER in our prayers. The Bible clearly states “the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” However, the true power behind that prayer comes as a result of being totally surrendered to Christ.
A surrendered life
A life surrendered to Christ is first about BEING and then about DOING. This goes against the grain of human nature and the only way to get past the point of feeling that we have to do-do-do in order to be-be-be is to get to the place of the Psalmist who said, “truly my soul silently waits for God. God only, and He alone. My expectation IS FROM HIM.”
Surrender involves waiting
Expecting from God means receiving on His terms. Many times this involves waiting. In order to wait on God we must get comfortable with times of silence. Just because there is silence does not mean that God is not “doing” and that we are not “becoming” what He desires us to be.
The four "S's" of silence
It is important to cultivate the ability to quiet yourself before Him and WAIT. Speak to your soul just as the Psalmist did. Command and demand this time of silence (verse 5). You will find yourself experiencing God in ways you never have before. The “silence of surrender” brings salvation, strength, security and stability.
New levels of trust
Each time we reach a place of surrender it results in a new level of trust in God. “Trust in Him at all times, pour out your hearts before Him”–this is the very essence of our lives in Him. We grow daily as we surrender to God and our level of faith climbs as He becomes the only One worthy of our trust.
Seeing where the power lies
What we once felt responsible to do ourselves we no longer feel the need to do. We are no longer worriers but instead we have become warriors as we come to see where the real POWER lies. It was never with us, it is only in us as Jesus has taken up residence in our heart.
Often times we command power and speak words that yield no authority because we have failed to plug in or remain plugged into the Source. We have no power, in and of ourselves. We are not the masters of our fate, the drivers of our destiny. The world may try to tell us this is true but the Word of God says something else.
It was spoken once and even twice…”power belongs to God.”
The only question that remains is are you plugged into Him?
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Beautiful post, Melinda! We, the Body of Christ, need to hear that! I love what you wrote, "Are we trusting God OR are we trusting in the perceived power of our declarations and attempts at appearing strong and sufficient? Our trust is an indicator of where we believe that the power lies. Where we place our faith matters."
This is a challenge to every Believer to take inventory of who or what we are truly placing our trust in.
I am plugged in yet I continually desire to be plugged into Jesus more and more and more! I have learned to trust Him, no matter what. Don't always understand Him, but I do always trust Him because He is truly trustworthy!!
Thank you Melinda - Waiting is such a hard thing for me. Sometimes when I'm waiting I wonder if I'm storing up more doubt because I start to wonder am I doing the right things, am I truly listening to His will, or even am I even willing to face my fears because His will scares me.
Thank you!! you are such a blessing to me.
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