Many things come to my mind when I think of the “power of God.”
I think of creation and the power of God to simply speak everything into existence. Only God can create something from nothing. We can build houses, manufacture vehicles and design computers, but there is nothing that ever came from man that did not come from God first. The power of creation rests only in God.
When Moses led the Israelite children out of Egypt, the power of God was visible to all. Eventually even Pharaoh had to acknowledge it and bow before God. From the ten plagues God released upon Egypt to Joshua’s entrance into the Promised Land, they were carried along by God’s power.
Gideon could never have defeated the Midianites without the power of God to deliver him. To be certain the Israelites understood this, God reduced Gideon’s army to 300. The Midianite army was composed of 120,000, but when the dust settled, God’s army of 300 was still standing. 105,000 Midianites were dead, and the remaining 15,000 were captured or fled.
Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha had been dead four days. Decomposition had already started, as we see recorded in John 11:39. Jesus put life back in the body of Lazarus by the power of His word.
Possibly today, tomorrow, very soon the Lord is going to call His bride out just as He called Lazarus out of the grave, except the bride, the Church will return with Him to the Father’s house.
The Church age is about to close and the remaining seven years owed Israel will begin soon thereafter. Already, modern day Israel has seen the power of God move as He did with Gideon and the small army of his day. Modern day Israel has also faced insurmountable odds, as did Gideon, but they are still here. They will never be driven off to other nations again. They are here to stay. The stage is being set.
There are hundreds and hundreds of examples in the Bible of the power of God. From the security of our salvation to the total fulfillment of all prophecies, we are safe in His power.
Many Christians in other countries have known real persecution. Their price was rung up at the register of Satan’s checkout, and they have paid in full. Today, this demonic leader of hell is now setting up checkouts in America. When the time comes, the price will be rung up at the register, your soul or death.
When pulling the plug to a water-filled bathtub, the sound is heard of water circling the drain. That sound is getting louder and louder today in this once-upon-a-time Christian nation. My head spins when I think how rapidly we have fallen from a nation that basically feared God to a nation that curses God today.
Satan has managed, in this country alone, in a very short time, to:
· Remake the churches into paper tigers
· Destroy the family structure
· Addict a nation into violent drug zombies
· Activate criminality to a level never before tolerated
· Hypnotize a nation against everything that God stands for
· Infest every area of our lives with illicit sex
· Consume our time with anything that keeps us from the Gospel
· Corrupt most all of our leaders to greedy, power hungry, sex perverts
· Make sexual perversions commonplace and acceptable
· Corrupt our Constitution and the laws of God
For the true Christian today, he or she may be wondering, “Lord, how much longer can this go on, and how much worse will it get before You return?” I wish I could say the Lord will soon remove us from this cesspool, but I cannot say that. Only He knows how much more anti-God our society will become before we hear Him shout to His bride, “Come up here.” I am inclined to believe that it won’t be much longer, but I am just a man.
So what do we do while we wait? We study His Word, pray, share the Gospel and keep looking up. There is one more thing we need to remember. We need to rest in His power.
Here are a few questions to consider:
· What is keeping this country, and the world for that matter, from crashing economically?”
· What is keeping Gog and his pals from overrunning Israel, right now?
· How did Donald Trump get elected President with such overwhelming odds against him?
· Why did Turkey, once an ally, turn against Israel and chummy up to Russia?
· Why is the Saudi prince working with Israel?
Of this sampling of questions, there can be only one answer. God is in control, not Satan and not political leaders. God is on His throne and it is the power of God that keeps us. There is no reason for those of us who are His to fear. Consider the follow verses.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 23:3)
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?” (Matthew 22:44)
“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” (Hebrews 1:13)
“Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.” (Exodus 15:6)
“Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.” (Exodus 15:12)
In these last days, it is understandable that many Christians are uneasy, but there is no reason for us to worry. Sometimes, from where we sit, we may feel like we are walking a tightrope and there is no safety net below to catch us. Maybe we are sitting in the wrong place. Actually, our Lord and God is carrying us across the tightrope and His hands are our safety net.
The best place a Christian can be is bowed before our Savior with our Bible in our lap. The same One who spoke everything into existence is the same One who speaks to us from the Bible in our lap. He delivered Israel from Egypt. He guided Gideon with 300 men in defeating 120,000 Midianites. He raised Lazarus from the grave, even after his body was decomposing. He has brought Israel back to her land. He has protected her and is preparing her for Daniel’s 70th week.
He is moving today, positioning all the props on the stage for the final act, the Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th week). The power of God is about to be displayed upon the world.
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.” (Joel 2:21)
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