Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Defining Power

As we begin I've Got the Power series. It is only fitting that we take the time to first off carefully define and understand the meaning of Power.

The definition of Power varies to some degree depending on the on the part of speech (noun, verb, adj) it is being used as. 

Power as a noun is synonymous in meaning with Authority, Jurisdiction, Control, Command, Sway, Influence and Dominion;

The Mirriam Webster Dictionary offers the following synonym discussion on Power:

  • Power implies possession of ability to wield force, authority, or influence.
  • Authority implies power for a specific purpose within specified limits.
  • Jurisdiction applies to official power exercised within prescribed limits.
  • Control stresses the power to direct and restrain.
  • Command implies the power to make arbitrary decisions and compel obedience.
  • Sway suggests the extent of exercised power or influence.
  • Dominion stresses sovereign power or supreme authority.

It is important for us to acknowledge and understand the fact that ALL/ ultimate power belongs to God:
 
Psalm 62:11(NKJV) God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
 

Romans 8:16-18 reminds us that we a children of God AND joint heirs with Christ. We face various temptations, sufferings and trials just as Christ did, we also share in his glory and power. God gives us his children an extension/measure of His power (Authority, Dominion, Control, Influence).


Psalm 68:35(NKJV) God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!

 
2 Timothy 1:7(NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
 but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 
Ephesians 3:14-20(KJV)
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen


Now that we know we share a part of God's power, we will take a look at how this power can operate positively in our lives in coming posts. Stay tuned!

8 comments:

  1. Hello! Been a while! I missed reading your blog. Just stopping by to say hello!

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    1. Destiny! Welcome back, I've missed you.

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    1. Stay tuned Nikki. I believe great life changing truths are in store for us.

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    1. Thank you Francis! May we grow to greater heights in spirit and truth.

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  4. Lovely post; have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Welcome Beauty!! Thanks for joining us.

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