Power for the powerless!
Verse for Today: Monday, November 26, 2012
2 Samuel 5:10 – And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.
God’s children receive their power from their Lord. They are worms in themselves and have no strength and power of their own. Their Lord reminds them about their weaknesses and incapability, and He asks them to depend on Him for strength to accomplish His purpose for them. Only with the Lord’s strength can they become successful in the spiritual warfare. Their own intellect, tactics and strategies will only expose their emptiness. But when they live a repentant and broken life, their Lord will be with them to strengthen them. David lived such a repentant life as demonstrated in his attitude and approach to Saul and his family and to Abner, the captain of Saul’s army. He was careful not to use his strength and power against his own people, but he used it all against their enemies who lived around them. David also had tremendous influence among his people because of his behavior and the way he related himself to people. He never retaliated or took revenge against God’s people, and kept away from getting hurt in their hands. He gave leadership to the downtrodden and made them warriors to fight against the enemy. He never condoned the way Joab murdered Abner and punished those who even brought news about the death of Saul and his children. His heart was a fountain of great hymns of praise and prayer even when he was under attack. He attributed all his success to the Lord and His power and lived with a grateful heart. He received the grace of God and lived a repentant life which kept him humble and broken. David was God’s sweet singer of praise, instrumentalist and composer of God’s Word in prophetic songs. David lived perennially in the presence of God and enjoyed His awesome power which strengthened him to accomplish God’s purpose in his life. Today David throws a challenge to us to spend more time in the presence of God and receive His power to do great things for Him.
Dear reader, is your life a continuum of battles and attacks? Perhaps you are plowing your field with one hand and wiping your tears with the other? But while you do so, there is great opportunity for you to spend time with your Lord. He is the source of the greatest powerhouse in this universe. If you spend time with Him and continue to behold His glory, your life will be a bright light filled with His glory which will be seen by others around you. If you meditate on the Lord amidst the turmoil of life, He will move your heart to exemplify His attitude and behavior. If you trust in His power, you will be filled with His Spirit to provide you with the necessary strength to accomplish great things for Him in this life. When you are filled with His Spirit, you will be filled with His power and strength to deal with issues and people with a divine attitude and approach. Perhaps you may not become a popular and prominent person, but you will become a powerful influence for God in and around you. The more you trust God, the greater will be your spiritual influence in this wicked world. Today the experience of David speaks to you to be totally dependent on God so that you would receive His power which will strengthen you to do what He wants you to do. You can journey on His pathway only with His strength and power. Your attitude will be His only when you depend on His power to change your natural instincts to His image. That’s when you can live like David and face bitter life situations in His power.
2 Samuel 22:33 – It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
Thought for Today
God fills only an empty and broken vessel with His power for His use in His way.
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