17 June: Using Divine Power
In our Western rational/logical mind set, which is biased towards the Law of Physics, divine power and the existence of the supernatural is likely to be shelved into the “Fairy Tales” section of our minds.
READ 2 Kings 2 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In my first book Breadcrumbs in the Storm, I catalogued what I could only describe as “a series of supernatural coincidences” that we encountered after our only son, Michael, passed away. These unexpected moments, that often defied the law of probability, strengthen what we already knew of the existence and involvement of the Creator God – which is often most noticeable in times of great need.
Now what’s contradictory about the intellectual West in which I live, is that intelligent explanations (and taking a systematic approach to the Creator God’s story), doesn’t seem to work at all! When it comes to Faith, people tend to only believe after seeing unexplainable signs and wonders by someone using divine power! Yes, there are seasons of great miracles throughout the Creator’s epic storyline – the greatest concentrations occurring at the time of Moses, Elijah and Elisha, and in the days of Jesus. But when it comes to using His divine power, our Maker seems to want us to use our heads (getting to know Him through HIStory) rather than our eyes (seeing something mysterious performed by a local person).
So, if you’re wondering why the Creator God seems inactive, in comparison to Elisha’s experience in today’s chapter, it isn’t because He’s disinterested or unable. As the omnipotent (all-powerful) Creator, He’s still fully able and in full control. His epic storyline, including the stories of divine power witnessed and experienced throughout HIStory, has only ever been about knowledge. When it comes to using His divine power, our Maker wants us to know who He is and, who we are in our relationship Him. He’s demonstrated, and documented, the mutual interaction we can have with the One who made us in His own image to be like Him.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to connect with the God who isn’t limited by the physical creation that He made? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
You Lord are righteous, You do no wrong. Morning by morning You dispense Your justice, and every new day You do not fail! [Zephaniah 3:5]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for God’s GRACE on Hungary[b]
Your Country: Needs of the poor
Yourself: Opportunities for sharing the Good News
Your concerns for today
Thank-You Father God, that this is the confidence I have in approaching You: that if I ask anything according to Your will, You hear me! [1 John 5:14]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Help me to be strong and courageous, Lord God, so that I’ll be careful to obey all that’s written in Your Book of Law, without turning aside to the right or to the left. [Joshua 23:6]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
In You, whose Word I praise – in You, God, I’ll trust and not be afraid. [Psalm 56:4]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using your Gifting
“God also testified to this salvation by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” [Hebrews 2:4]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31