Thursday, April 17, 2008

Don't Underestimate the Power of God

Do not underestimate the power of God. Let me clarify that- Don't underestimate the power of God working through you. I know we all get into a bad habit when we doubt God. We have got some nerve, don't we? How could we doubt the creator of everything that we are? But we do, and I am talking about Christians and non-Christians alike. I mean, one would think that a person of faith would not have moments of doubt but it is clear throughout the Bible that there are times when the doubt is very real.

Things seem to get so out of hand or our problems feel so enormous that there seems to be no way out. We worry and get nervous and stress and have anxiety attacks when all we really need to do is look to God through prayer and the word. Now, I am not pointing the finger at anyone because I am guilty too, but whenever I get into the word again, God shows me the truth.

After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley). 18THen Melchizedek king of Salem brought out break and wine. He was priest of God most High, 19and he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. ~Genesis 14:17-19

Upon first glance, this verse does not seem so spectacular, but it is a powerful example of how great God is. I urge you to read all of chapter 14 to get the full impact. The short version is that there was a great war and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah with three other kings and their army went up against king Kedorlaomer and his three other kings. Well, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah (kings of five) got beat by the four king group. In comes Abram who got word that Lot (his nephew) was taken captive because he lived in Sodom.

Abram goes to fight the four kings (the same ones that defeated the armies of five kings) with a measly 318 men. One would think that Abram was sure to meet his death, but he didn't. He survived, defeated king Kedorlaomer, rescued Lot and his family, and took all the spoils of the battle. If that is not God blessing Abram then I don't know what a blessing is. The odds were against Abram, but he had so much faith in God that he did not think twice about going in with his 318 men to fight for his family.

Sometime we just have to take what God has blessed us with and go into battle with the confidence and belief that we will succeed not matter what because God is able and mighty. With his strength and power behind us, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.
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