GOD’S POWER IN ME

Col. 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
It seems life is getting more and more complicated. Without supernatural help on a continual basis there is not really much chance to survive as a Christian. We deal with temptations from our own flesh, attacks from the enemy, ridicule and mockery from the world, and more recently even out right persecution. This was the advantage the first century church had; it was birthed by the power of God. It’s very existence was supernatural. Without the continually help of the Holy Spirit the church would have not lasted even a few weeks. The fact that it survived and even prospered in that most difficult time is explained only one way; it was saturated, empowered and sustained by the power of God. If we are to live a different kind of life with different standards than our corrupt society we absolutely need the power of God. Here are some comments on today’s verse from the Wuest word book.
“In the expression “strengthened with all might,” the verb is dunamoō, the noun, dunamis. The reader will observe that both words have the same stem, which means that intrinsically they have the same meaning. Dunamis, the noun, has the following meanings, “strength, ability, power, inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, power which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.” The verb dunamai means “to be able, to have power.” Thus, it is easy to see that these words speak of inherent power which gives one the ability to do something. Dunamoō, which is used here, means “to make strong, to strengthen.” One could translate, “by every enabling power being constantly strengthened.” The word “power” is kratos, “relative and manifested power.” The Greek has it, “according to the manifested power of His glory.” Light-foot says: “The glory here, as frequently, stands for the majesty or the power or the goodness of God, as manifested to men. The doxa (glory), the bright light over the mercy-seat (Rom. 9:4), was a symbol of such manifestations. God’s revelation of Himself to us, however this revelation may be made, is the one source of all our highest strength.”
Man was made to live in and by the glory of God. Nothing less will do. We have been satisfied for far too long with an anemic form of religion when our souls hunger and thirst for the real. Today, determine to press in until… until you too are ‘strengthened with all power according to His glorious might’.

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