ll Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity—of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear—but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well balanced mind and discipline and self control.” (Amplified)
As mentioned last week the order of this verse is no accident—power which we are examining today allows us full access in opening the gift in its entirety. In addition, Timothy places power as the first item in the list because that enables us to live the rest of the verse.
Today begins an in depth look at each component of this passage. Since power is not defined by any limitations here we have freedom as we examine it. This narrative could take pages as it is such an expansive topic but for our purpose today I am condensing the study.
When you think of God’s power how do you describe it—what adjectives do you use? The New Testament provides several, among them: Holy Spirit power, resurrection power, dunamis. This word is used many times in the New Testament. It is a Greek word which has several meanings including miraculous, inherent power, might, and strength.
God’s strengthening power comes through the presence of the Holy Spirit living in our inner being. The Holy Spirit is the catalyst in receiving this power. Praise God that every Christian receives that indwelling. This is born out by the following verse.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:16 “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit Himself—indwelling your innermost being and personality.” (Amplified Bible)
In Ephesians 1:17 Paul comes with some extremely exciting news.
“…and so that you can know and understand what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated n the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.” (Amplified Bible)
Did you get this? We have access to the same power God used when He raised Jesus from the tomb—immeasurable, unlimited. Imagine that!!! Also notice this power is IN us and FOR us—in us for our personal use but also for us to use as we pray for and interact with others. We can thus pass the benefits of this amazing power on to other people.
Then in Philippians 3:10 Paul writes: “that I may…come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers…” This is for YOU if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. There are no qualifiers here—no exceptions—this is available to every single believer. It is impossible to over emphasize that once again this is the same power outflowing from the Lord’s resurrection.
Are you seeing this? Are you feeling this? We have the source of resurrection power people—resurrection power. Do you have any idea what wonderful things could be wrought if we actually tapped into this resource—if we really made a conscious effort to allow this amazing gift to penetrate our very being? Take a moment to let these Scriptures sink in—savor every facet of the depth of these verses —every nuance of each word as if it were the most delicious flavor you had ever tasted. You can feel the energy pulsing through your core just by the mere reading of these passages. Oh my dear friend when you do embrace the Holy Spirit’s power—the resurrection power—in your life, your relationship with your Lord will expand exponentially.
May you be blessed by these thoughts and challenged to open every aspect of your soul, mind, and body to the working of resurrection power—the function of dunamis in your life. Next time we will discuss love.
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