Power – The Phantom of Fear Cont.

Posted February 4th 2008 Monday / Written January 30th 2008 Wednesday  

Power  

God told us in this verse what He has given us to live our lives in and too use in dealing with fear.  It is time to explore God’s greatest weapons, for dealing with fear.  

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

     No, it is not God’s desire that we live weak, cringing lives filled with fear.  His desire is that we posses power, love, and a sound mind.  What are these three things however, and how can we go about applying them to our lives?  Weapons, attributes or both?  What difference might they make in our day-to-day existence?  Over the next few segments, we will explore in more depth those questions; praying the answers transform our lives, just as God’s Word is meant to do.    

Exploring Power:  

PLEASE NOTE MY UNDERLING AS YOU READ THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS:  

POWER –  GREEK LANGUAGE DEFINITION  =

1411.  duvnami” dunamis, doo´-nam-is; from 1410; force (lit. or fig.); spec. miraculous power (usually by impl. a miracle itself):— ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.

1410.  duvnamai dunamai, doo´-nam-ahee; of uncert. aff.; to be able or possible:— be able, can (do, + -not), could, may, might, be possible, be of power. 

POWER – VINES DICTIONARY DEFINITION =

koach (3581), “strength; power; force; ability.” This Hebrew word is used in biblical, rabbinic, and modern Hebrew with little change in meaning. The root is uncertain in Hebrew, but the verb is found in Arabic (wakaha, “batter down,” and kwch, “defeat”). The basic meaning of koach is an ability to do something. The “ability” here is not physical but mental. The internal fortitude was best demonstrated by the difficulties and frustrations of life. A strong man withstood hard times. The proverb bears out this important teaching: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Prov. 24:10).  The Septuagint gives the following translations: ischus (“strength; power; might”) and dunamis (“power; might; strength; force; ability; capability”).   

POWER – NELSON’S NEW ILLUSTRATED BIBLE DICTIONARY DEFINITION = 

the ability or strength to perform an activity or deed. Power is sometimes used with the word authority. If power suggests physical strength, authority suggests a moral right or privilege.One can have power to perform a task but not authority to do it. Jesus Christ had both power and authority (Luke 4:36), and He bestowed these upon His followers (Luke 10:19). 

Power is a great force literally or figuratively which God has given us to do and live, as He would have us in this world.  At times this power can even be a miraculous power to accomplish a great assignment that He might want done.  Those moments are the exception not the rule.  We live on level ground not a mountaintop.  

In our day-to-day lives, it is the ability to be able or make possible what He wants us to do.  To live free from unhealthy fear is one of those things He desires for us.  That might and strength needed to do just that is made possible through a power He has granted us.  In those times when fear real or imagined raises it’s ugly head we need to batter it down with the Truth of God’s Word, that He had given you power, power, power.  Courage not fear is your mark!  

When God has given us a task or assignment, He has also given us an ability to do that task or assignment, therefore, fear has zero value toward our accomplishment of that ‘something.’  Let us make sure that task is from God, for we will need the authority to go forward.  That authority is necessary.  If we have the power to perform a task but not authority to do it, the deed will be fruitless, or its fruit will not ripen.  Never confuse the ability or strength to perform an activity or deed with authority to do so.  On the flip side, if we have the authority from Christ then the capability will always be presence.  They are a checks and balance for each other.    

When fear comes, because the going has as they say, got tough, that internal fortitude, not physical but mental strength will carry you through, whatever it may be.  That power is presence when needed to overcome, face with courage, and / or walk through anything.   

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