I’m sitting at a computer tonight. Since it’s night, I have the light on. If that seems too commonplace to mention, try it some stormy night when a falling tree branch has severed the overhead cable that supplies your electricity. Leaving battery operated gadgets aside for a while, all of our electrical stuff must be plugged in before we can use it. The fuse or circuit breaker must allow current to flow. Our home is connected to power lines, transformers, and other equipment that can be traced all the way back to the electrical generating plant. That’s the source of all the electrical power we use.… Read the rest
“And Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hands.'” — Exodus 17:9 (NKJV)
Among the many gifts God gave Moses, his rod was a tangible object that he could use any way he chose in order to release God’s power. He usually used it wisely and with great effect. Sometimes he did not use it wisely, and it got him in trouble.
His best-known mistake came when God told him to speak to a rock so that water would come from it.… Read the rest
“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.” — 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NIV)
Paul loved Timothy and trusted him with the most difficult of tasks. He wrote to the Philippians that of his entire staff, only Timothy was like-minded. Like Paul, Timothy suffered persecution, but it seems to have gotten into his mind.
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul reminded him that the spirit God has given Christians is of power, love, and a sound mind.… Read the rest