There is Power

Just those three words probably remind most readers of this article of that old gospel song “There is Power in the Blood of the Lamb” that was used so often in days gone by in tent and revival meetings. And, indeed, those words are true, but let us consider some other thoughts about power. It seems that people are impressed with power whether it be political power, national power, mechanical power, electrical power, muscular power, etc., etc… the list goes on.

Think of the incomprehensible unlimited power of God. From Genesis to Revelation, He is spoken of as “God Almighty” or “Almighty God.” If men truly believe the holy scriptures, they cannot but be impressed by the record of the creation (Genesis 1 and 2). Perhaps we do not read those amazing passages as often as we ought.  God did not have to use a drawing board, or thousands of experiments to lay out the orbits of the sun, moon and innumerable stars and planets, or the design for each type of plant and animal with their various forms, shapes, sizes and methods of reproduction, or the complexities of the human body, soul and spirit, in some likeness or image of God Himself. And it didn’t require eons of time as unbelieving men would believe. The creation was finished in six days (Genesis 1:31-2:1).

Psalm 33:6-9 makes the creation sound so easy for God. For lack of space we will not quote the entire passage, but as you read it, notice verse 9: “For He spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood fast.”

Oh, the marvelous power of God! “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27; see also: Mark 14:36, Luke 18:27 and Jeremiah 32:17).  Someone will refer to Titus l:2 saying, “God cannot lie.” That indeed is true, but that has nothing to do with God’s power.  It is a matter of God’s character, His divine nature, and His righteousness.

We often think of the power of prayer. We are taught to pray for all men (1 Timothy 2:1). And that “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). But even in prayer, it is God’s power that is manifested. And I am convinced that God knows our needs and what is best for us better than we mortals do. Far too often, even with good intentions, we may “ask amiss” (James 4:3). “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14). For this cause, we ought always to pray for God’s will, not ours to be done.

As long as this world stands, we must never forget the power of Satan and of sin. If sin and temptations were not so powerful and strong, we might not be so prone to sin, but “the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Do not be conformed to the things of this world (Romans 12:2) or be deceived by false doctrines of men (2 Thessalonians 2:3).