• Michael Haldas

Power


“Jesus didn’t cling to any of what was by nature and identity rightfully His. In doing so, He had to trust fully in the Father for His life and very being. He can truly identify with our temptations. His experience wasn’t just like ours are. No one ever gave up more power. No one of greater stature has ever been in such an insecure position. He can be there for us because He has been there before us.” (Foundation Study Bible, Luke 4:1-13)

“Although God has unlimited power, He chooses to work through frail humans who begin as helpless babies. Don’t minimize what God can do through those who are faithful to Him…When we trust our own efforts instead of Christ’s power, we, too, are in danger of turning back [from faith]. Our own efforts are never adequate; only Christ can see us through…To those who don’t believe in God, life on earth is all there is, and so it is natural for them to strive for this world’s values: money, popularity, power, pleasure, and prestige.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 14:1-23, Hebrews 4:1-3, Philippians 1:20-21)

“Our instinct is that we “go up” to meet God. The Tradition clearly indicates that this instinct has value. But like all human instincts, it has its dark side as well. Our culture’s notion of the “pinnacle of success” is a prime example of this darkness. By its very name, this peak experience is held out as a desirable goal. But we have the strange reality that those at the top are rarely personalities that we would want to nurture in our children. There is nothing that the pinnacle offers other than money and power, neither of which is beneficial to the soul.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“There is a tendency to believe that every increase in power means “an increase of ‘progress’ itself,” an advance in “security, usefulness, welfare and vigour;… an assimilation of new values into the stream of culture, as if reality, goodness and truth automatically flow from technological and economic power as such.” (Romano Guardini)

“What will a man give in exchange for his soul? This question [asked by Christ] emphasizes the utter foolishness of accumulating worldly wealth or power, for none of this can redeem man's fallen soul, nor benefit a person in the life to come.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 16:26)

“We do well to remember that God reverses the power structures of this world. He casts His lot with those who in their weaknesses admit that they need Him…The signs of being blessed aren’t power or material wealth. The sign of being blessed is receiving the benefits of God’s grace.” (Marlena Graves, Foundation Study Bible, Matthew 5:3-12)

“As Paul put it, God’s power “is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).” (Ron Rhodes)

“We simply can’t trust God’s power fully until we experience it in the midst of our crisis.” (David Wilkerson)

“When the help of man proves useless, often God dramatically provides strength and power so that our boast is solely in Him.” (Foundation Study Bible, Psalms 60:12)

“The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” (William Booth)

“Science tells us that a nuclear reaction changes latent energy into manifest power, either in the form of an explosion or the generation of electricity. Every impersonal view of creation assumes that power comes from fate or from impersonal forces. This assumption is shared by secularism, magic, and pantheistic paganism. However, God is not a force, but a Person. He gives us personal power, He changes hearts, He works miracles. When we detach God from so-called real life and divorce Him from creation, we disregard Him who brings everything into existence from non-existence and continuously sustains it.” (Dynamis 4/29/2015)

"...creation is based on an economy of giving oneself away. Its emblem is the open, outstretched arms of Christ crucified. Even for God, self giving, self limitation, and pain seem to be necessary. For, if God is to create creatures with free will, He must limit His own power in allowing them to exercise theirs and necessarily incur the risk of evil that comes along with power-sharing - with giving creatures an actual choice. True creation comes through love - the God of the cross is not a god of domination." (Craig Bernthal)

“...the power that brought the universe into being and that keeps it operating is the very power that cleanses our sins…The power we receive in union with Christ is sufficient to do His will and to face the challenges that arise from our commitment to doing it...As we contend for the faith, we will face troubles, pressures, and trials. As they come, ask Christ to strengthen you.” (Life Application Study Bible, Hebrews 1:3, Philippians 4:13)

“The gift of new life requires the reception and cooperation of the believer through faith and obedience to God. We are His children He leads us by the power of the Spirit. In this new life, the body becomes the follower, not the leader. In choosing the way of the Holy Spirit, we put to death sinful passions expressed through our thoughts, words, and deeds.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 2:13)

“The love that caused Christ to die is the same love that sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us every day. The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that saved you and is available to you in your daily life. Be assured that, having begun a life with Christ, you have a reserve of power and love to call on each day for help to meet every challenge or trial.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 5:9,10)

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