Wednesday Word Study – Power

August 31, 2011
 Power

Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

 

This is the Strong’s Greek Concordance Number: 1411
Transliteration:: dunamis
Phonetic Spelling:(doo’-nam-is)
Definition: physical power, force, might, ability, efficacy, energy, meaning (b) plur:  powerful deeds, deeds showing (physical) power, marvelous works.

 

As a people we are drawn to power or the display of power.  From early childhood we are enamored with super heroes and the great and mighty deeds they did.  We all secretly wished we could do those things too!

 

We were also taught that those things were fiction.  There isn’t such a thing as a super hero.  People can’t fly.  People can’t stop bullets with their bare hands, people can’t walk through walls.  So we abandoned the thought of being a super hero.

 

But this word dunamis is just exactly that – supernatural power.  The Holy Spirit came to bring us His power; God’s power and ability into our lives.  We’ve not lived it because we have not believed it.  Believe today that you were meant to receive, posses and use dunamis in your life.

 

DUNAMIS:   physical power – force – might – ability – efficacy – energy – powerful deeds – deeds showing physical power – marvelous works.

Maybe we really were meant to be super heroes.  God’s super heroes, doing God’s will on this earth.

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Monday Meditations – Acts 1:8

August 29, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

Acts 1:8

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

 

I became born again when I was 13 years old.  I had known, walked with and loved the Lord for many years prior, but realized at 13 that I needed to be born again.  I attended a denominational church at that time which focused on salvation and very little else. Continue reading

The Destruction of Pride

August 26, 2011

This week the Monday Meditation and Wednesday Word Study focused on the word pride.  I myself have been considering what I would write for this blog for some time.  There are so many things I could talk about in regards to pride and all would be good, but space is limited on a blog and I sincerely want to write about what is on the heart of God for the moment. Continue reading

Wednesday Word Study – Pride

August 24, 2011

 Pride 

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

This is the Strong’s Greek Concordance Number 1347a
Transliteration: ga’own
Phonetic Spelling: (gaw’-ohn)
Definition: arrogancy

When I was studying this word I noticed that there were several Greek variations of this word.  I’ve selected the one used here in this verse.

I was not surprised by the definition.  It is a word we all know well, and use often.

But one thing I did learn when reading all the different words in the definition is the word – exaltation.  I had to stop on that one and think about it.

Isn’t exaltation something that should be reserved for God?  You bet it is!  That is exactly why when we are prideful we are exalting ourselves and God will not, cannot stand for that.  Pride – self exaltation is what got Satan ejected immediately from heaven.  Go directly to earth, do not pass go, do not collect $200!!!

I’ve added a bit of humor to this critically serious topic, but we do tend to snicker when we think about how quickly, with no debate, Satan was ejected from Heaven.  But we must see that this scripture is warning us that should pride, in any form, enter our behavior or attitude, we are certain to face destruction as well.

If that thought makes you shudder the way it did me, then evaluate your life and your attitudes towards others today to see if even the slightest morsel of pride has crept in.  If it has, immediately eradicate it before you to are facing certain destruction.

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Monday Meditations – Proverbs 16:18

August 22, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

I love reading the Lexicon version of a scripture.  To me it reveals so much.

For instance there is little variation in this scripture from translation to translation.  It pretty much says it like it is and in any language or culture it is pretty much the same.

But just now as I was reading this verse in the Lexcon (the original Greek translation) I saw something that I had to meditate on for a bit.  Then I saw how obvious the original word was to our own modern terminology.

That word is before.  In the Lexicon that word means faces.  We use that word often now.  She is facing an uphill battle. He is facing termination at work. They are facing the playoffs.

We know this word so well.

Let’s look at this week’s scripture again using the original word, facing.

Pride causes you to face destruction, and a haughty spirit will cause you to face a fall.

We know when we face something that it is coming, for sure.  Something that we face is something we know we will have to deal with.

So this week when you meditate on this scripture know that the pride in your life will cause you to face with certainty, destruction and that a haughty spirit will cause you to face a fall.

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