Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Monday, August 3, 2009

With great power comes great responsibility

Last week, I was watching reruns of the Spiderman movies on network cable TV. If you are a Spiderman fan, then you immediately recognized the title of this post. This is a quote that Uncle Ben told Peter Parker.

If you are a born-gain believer in Jesus Christ, you have been given incredible power. No, this is not the web-slinging, super human strength kind of power. Rather, God has given all believers the ultimate spiritual power in the universe - His Holy Spirit.

He hasn't given us this power to keep it under wraps. God wants us to use our Holy Spirit power to do some amazing things for His Kingdom.

He wants us to demonstrate responsibility on our part on how we wield this awesome Holy Spirit power.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8).

We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me (Colossians 1:28-29).

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith (2 Corinthians 1:11).

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, (2 Timothy 1:6-8).

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 4:11).

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3).

Are you wielding His power responsibly, today?

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