Saturday, November 29, 2008

the Lord's presence=power

And David became more and more powerful, because the power of the LORD of heavens armies was with him. I Chronicles 11:9

This paragraph followed my daily reading:
Sometimes we Christians shrink from power giving it away too easily in the name of humility. We may think it is sinful to want power or to be powerful. Here we see that the Lord's presence will mean power. The issue is about where the power comes from and what we do with it.

I had really never thought about the possibility of God wanting us to have power. The author of the above paragraph claims that the Lord's presence will mean power! I am resistant to this concept, the people I admire the most in my life are very humble. Many up-front people I know struggle with power or arrogance. Power sounds so negative!

A gentleman approached me at church last weekend and complimented a TV interview I did to advertise Rick Muchow's visit. I promise, I am not exaggerating when I say it was a horrible interview! The content was fine, but I was really bad on camera, I sounded scared to death!
I went on to tell him how much I love being behind the scenes. He said, "...I don't think God wants you to be behind the scenes." Ok, so this gentleman and I know one another, but have never had much of a conversation, so for him to make this statement totally threw me!

Later I mentioned the conversation to a co-worker who said, "God doesn't want you to be comfortable." Thanks!

I am willing to do what God calls me to do, but I also know we are all gifted differently and 'up front' type work is not what He has gifted me with. I don't know where my negative association with power came from, and if God wants us to live with power, I will but... I think we can be powerful from behind too! Behind the scenes, behind other upfront people and my favorite place, behind my computer screen!

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