Power Means Being Attacked

 

Don’t think that if you have power with God, you won’t be attacked.

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John 11:51-52 – And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

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I find the paradox in many peoples’ thinking quite intriguing.  As a general rule, people desire riches.  Yet it is the rich that are most often the target of thieves.  After all, who steals from the poor man?  And even the Scriptures warn us that when we prosper, there will come with that prosperity, persecution.  In that same vein of thinking, truly powerful people, as a rule, are not the oppressors, but more often than not, true helpers in life.  It is the person who wants people to think he/she is powerful that uses oppression and/or brutality to enforce what they want you to think is power.  The reality is this; when you have power, true power, you become the object of attack rather than the attacker.  And the attack that comes upon the truly powerful will often arise from the “would-be-powerful.”

Let there be no doubt about the truth that Jesus walked in the power of the Spirit (God).  His teachings, the signs and wonders He performed, and the supernatural manifestations that accompanied Him are certain proof of that, not to mention is death, burial, and resurrection that were attested by more than 500 souls.  Such a volume of witnesses would stand as proof in any court of law where truth was sought.  Yet, though He was powerful, He used His power to heal, deliver, provide, and reveal truth to those who dwelt in darkness.  One would think that any truly humane person would have easily chosen to follow such a man as Jesus.  Still, many were the souls, Pharisees, Sadducees, religious minds, and even kings and priests focused on Jesus as their primary point of attack.  And one of the key reasons this was so is because Jesus, a man of true power, threatened their titular position of authority over the people by His very presence and love of those to whom He ministered.

Power, the dunamis (ability) of God, is a commodity sought by many, especially those who do not know the difference between dunamis power and exousia (authority) power.  Many think their authority means they automatically possess dunamis (ability).  This is not so.  One, exousia, belongs to one by assignment.  The other, dunamis, comes through one whom Holy Ghost deigns to use, and is an ardent vessel of the Word of God.  And when one possesses dunamis, he/she WILL BE attacked.  If one who wants it cannot possess it, they will often work to undermine or destroy the one who does possess it.  If you have power (dunamis) with God, expect to be attacked. 

Manna for Today – John 11:45-57; Mark 10:29-30; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:20

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