THE SOURCE OF POWER
When I think of the word Power, my mind goes to concepts such as might and creative resources. God has unlimited supply of each. He is The Source of all Power and should be recognized as such.
The selfish "I will" command of Lucifer in the beginning (Isaiah 14:13-14) and continued attempt by Satan to mold humanity into this type of self-reliant creature is what takes Power out of our lives.
People who claim to be self-made in anything are deluding themselves. Anyone who is a do-it-yourself type individual is relying on the knowledge of somebody else. They may do the research to propel themselves forward on their own, but they are still using others and their wisdom as stepping stones to their goal.
I believe it is important to recognize The Source of one's Power. Rarely do we think about the plug in the wall that provides power or electricity for whatever device, yet the plug is not The Source. Even less seldom do we think of switch boxes, the electrical boxes at the street, transformers on poles and power stations - yet all these are still not The Source of Power. The Power Plant is The Source of Power and how many times do we think or recognize this source every time we plug up our devices?
Jesus recognized where His Power resided. Christ gave credit where credit is due - to Father God. In John 12:49-50, Jesus said,
"For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."
Wow! What if Christians were that dialed in, that connected to The Holy Spirit of God? As believers in Christ we would have an incredible relationship with God and an incredible relationship with others. Our personal fellowship time with God would be that much sweeter. Then the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20), our personal Calling (Ephesians 4:11-13), and Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) would be highly impactful.
These are three huge areas of the Christian walk, but God desires our entire lives. This is what wholehearted devotion means - to seek Him first in everything. One way I recognize God's Power in my life is claiming Him as My Counselor. I listen to His voice and try my best to convey the encouraging words I hear in my spirit via the many blogs I write.
What are you doing to recognize to yourself and others that your gifts, talents, skill, calling and Power come from God? They say that recognition is the first step. So, whether verbally, written, publicly, or privately - Christ deserves to be recognized in the Christian's life as The Source of Power.