"And lead us not temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen" (Matthew 6: 13).
hristianity is not moral platitudes, lofty intentions, and noble thoughts. The fundamental characteristic of God's kingdom is power. All power belongs to God. "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power…" (Psalm 110: 3). This season, God will manifest His power and everyone will see it. The enemies of God will be defeated and there will be peace all around. The manifestation of God's power will bring all His enemies on their knees; and will draw the sincere seeker and worshipper closer to God. Those who are truly committed to seeking God and walking closely with Him will rejoice and celebrate His power. The power of God is the Resurrection power. This is the power that brought Christ back to life. Apostle Paul desires to experience this: "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection" (Philippians 3: 10).
Never forget the power of the cross. When you face challenging times in life, remember God's power, and let Him be your strength. Only God has this potent power. It is very exclusive to Him. Several people have tried to subvert God's power and glory but have failed. If we hold on to God, all His promises are true in Christ and are capable of effecting wonders in our lives.
"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all" (1 Chronicles 29: 11, 12).
Certain countries of the world may pride themselves as super powers, but in a true sense, that is the prerogative of God. History has repeatedly taught us that God extends power to whom He will. The mightiest of men survives only by His mercy. He tames the wildest of tyrants and humbles the proudest of men.
"And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the Lord" (Ezekiel 30: 26).
Prophet Ezekiel here predicted the humiliating defeat of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. In very graphic terms, the Lord declared how He would tame Pharaoh, his subjects and international allies. He affirmed that He would break "the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword." Egypt had been hosting captives, but this time, they would go into captivity in other lands.
"I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me" (Jeremiah 27: 7).
Meanwhile, Sennacherib, the king of Assyria had determined to destroy Hezekiah and the people of Judah by all means. Hezekiah came boldly to God; he acknowledged God's power and Judah's total dependence on Him. The Lord God of Israel, the mighty man in battle, and God of all powers, stood and defended His people. God said: "For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake" (2 Kings 19: 34).
What a great lesson for us this time: when we are faced with challenges of life. There is no problem that lacks solution before God. No matter how many enemies are fighting against you, if you are on the Lord's side, victory is sure. "If God be for us, who can be against us." (Romans 8: 31).
Speaking through Isaiah, the Lord assured Hezekiah that Sennacherib and his army would "not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield… For I will defend this city to save it, for mine own sake…" (2 Kings 19: 32). God defended Hezekiah and the city of Judah according to His promise. He sent only one angel to the camp of the Assyrians who killed 185, 000 soldiers. Sennacherib himself was later killed by two of his sons where he was worshipping in the house of his god.
"He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves" (Psalm 66: 7).
If you are a child of God, there is nothing to fear. "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27: 1). The Lord will defend and protect you. All His promises are yours for possession in Christ Jesus. Christ is still our unfailing Captain. All it takes to have all-round victory is to develop the right attitude to the word of God. Love it, believe it, obey it, trust in it and put it into practice. Study the word of God every day, because there is awesome power in it. In fact, it is the tonic for our faith.
As you reflect on this, why don't you approach this God with utmost reverence, submitting to His kingdom, His power, His glory and His will in every aspect of life? Also, to realize that this God is All-Powerful and our Helper is re-assuring enough. Indeed, if God be for us, who can be against us? Turn your eyes upon the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God. "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Timothy 1: 17).