Hybrid power; Divine power

Good Monday Morning to this week 22 of 2019

A hybrid vehicle uses two or more distinct types of power, such as internal combustion engine to drive an electric generator that powers an electric motor. The basic principle with hybrid vehicles is that the different motors work better at different speeds; the electric motor is more efficient at producing torque, or turning power, the combustion engine is better for maintaining high speed. Switching from one to the other at the proper time while speeding up yields a win-win in terms of energy efficiency. Mopeds, electric bicycles, and even electric kick scooters are a simple form of a hybrid.

The engine of our soul and spiritual life also need power, not just the right amount but also the right kind of power for the right situation for maintaining speed, health and drive.

God wraps, covers, creates, trembles, whispers and thunders his power: 

God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds don’t burst with the weight. He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds. He created the horizon when he separated the waters: he set the boundary between day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke. By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?”
Job 26:7-14

God fills us with His power,  even with an overfow! 

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

A spirit of power. 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self – discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

His divine power, hybrid in a way,
more then a win-win approach:
Glory and excellence! 

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one how called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.  2 Peter 1:3

More power, less talk! 
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20

Power in affliction. 

He who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:4

He can do far more abundantly! 

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us! Ephesians 3:20

Yes! This I seek this morning!

Have a blessed week filled with His power in abundance!
Philemon

 

 

About kings ….

Good Monday Morning to this Week 21 of 2019

Just on my journey back from Ghana I was reminded of the 09.12.2016. On the day of the general elections I traveled from Togo to Ghana, then on the 9th the New Patriotic Party as opposition won and President Nana Akufo-Addo was elected as president. As the announcement was being made I was sitting with  the King Akyems at his home in Accra.  It was a moment of incredible joy and enthusiasm and an immense breakthrough for Ghana.

So I mentioned it to Thomas yesterday evening and he smiled and said:  no no, no visiting the King now, since he won he is very, very busy with the ruling party, there is no way we would get to see him now, but nevertheless he is doing many good things for his people.

So let’s look at a short good story of a King:

Once upon a time, there was a Kingdom. The king there only had one leg and one eye, but he was very intelligent and kind. Everyone in his kingdom lived a happy and a healthy life because of their king. One day the king was walking through the palace hallway and saw the portraits of his ancestors. He thought that one day his children will walk in the same hallway and remember all the ancestors through these portraits.

But, the king did not have his portrait painted. Due to his physical disabilities, he wasn’t sure how his painting would turn out. So he invited many famous painters from his and other kingdoms to the court. The king then announced that he wants a beautiful portrait made of himself to be placed in the palace. Any painter who can carry out this should come forward. He will be rewarded based on how the painting turns up.

All of the painters began to think that the king only has one leg and one eye. How can his picture be made very beautiful? It is not possible and if the picture does not turn out to look beautiful then the king will get angry and punish them. So one by one, all started to make excuses and politely declined to make a painting of the king.

But suddenly one painter raised his hand and said that I will make a very beautiful portrait of you which you will surely like. The king became happy hearing that and other painters got curious. The king gave him the permission and the painter started drawing the portrait. He then filled the drawing with paints. Finally, after taking a long time, he said that the portrait was ready!

All of the courtiers, other painters were curious and nervous thinking, How can the painter make the king’s portrait beautiful because the king is physically disabled? What if the king didn’t like the painting and gets angry? But when the painter presented the portrait, everyone in the court, including the king, left stunned.

The painter made a portrait in which the king was sitting on the horse, on the one-leg side, holding his bow and aiming the arrow with his one eye closed. The king was very pleased to see that the painter has made a beautiful portrait by cleverly hiding the king’s disabilities. The King gave him a great reward.

How much more does our King Jesus oversee our disabilities, doesn’t just paint cleverly but erases them completely with his Grace!

Wishing you a great week!

Philemon

 

God, not giving us more then we can handle?

Good Monday Morning to this week 20 of 2019

Though “God won’t give you more than you can handle” is a favorite quote of many Christians, it’s like quite a few verses that are mentioned but don’t actually appear in the Bible.

Some verses suggest the opposite approach:

Rather than never putting His followers in situations, they can’t handle, God occasionally does overwhelm them so they can grow into people capable of handling anything.

1 Corinthians 1:8  He will also keep you firm to the end so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 38:4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

1 Kings 19:7  The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”

Does it mean God takes into account our independent possibilities based on our track record of handling trouble and, thus, measures out that trouble to us so that it doesn’t go beyond what “we” independently by our own resources can handle?

Or, does “we” mean that we can handle it if we receive it by faith in divine assistance and that God knows what he himself will give us by grace in enabling us to handle what he gives us — so he is not thinking of “we” as independent, but “we” as dependent on the grace that comes with the difficulty? Which of those two does this statement ask about?

And “handle.” What does “handle” mean? Does “handle” mean you never collapse under it? Does it mean you never fail in any task? Does it mean you never mess up? Does it mean you never fail to get a B+ on every one of life’s tests? Or does “handle” mean you never fail so that you never recover or repent or restore reconciliation and that you are finally lost because you failed? Which does “handle” mean?

Corinthians 10:13: “no temptation” — or “test” since it is the same word in Greek — “no test has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted [tested] beyond your ability” — or beyond what you are able — “but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

When Paul says he won’t give what is beyond what you are able, he means, not beyond what you are able with God’s help. We know that because of a couple of other things he says. For example, in 2 Corinthians 9:8 he says, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” In other words, in every test or temptation, the question is, “Will I do what I ought to do?” And Paul says, “There will be grace,” not just, “I am depending on you to use your resources without depending on grace.” “I am giving you grace so there will be grace to do it. But you are not independent of my powers to help.”

“What could this mean, ‘we’  in this statement: ‘God will never give us more than “we” can handle’?” is that “we” means we who are helped by sovereign grace, not we independent of the power of God’s help.

With the prophet Daniel, for example, God led him off into captivity. But He never brought him “through” Babylon and back to Israel. Instead, He kept him there through king after king, battle after battle, danger after danger. Daniel grew old and died far from home, never seeing the land he longed for. But God used that time for some amazing displays of His power to make an impact there.

So, yes we get completely overwhelmed, overstretched, far beyond what we can handle, and in that we find His Grace, his power to help, to assist us and walk us through the deep trouble.

Some more promises:

He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.

Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” He is going to keep you.

But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” I prayed for you. Yes, you are going to deny me tonight, but I am bringing you back.

One conclusion:

We get completely overwhelmed, overstretched, far beyond what we can handle, and in that we find His Grace, his power to help, to assist us and walk us through the deep dark and hard valleys.

I wish you His grace this week!

Philemon

 

 

But night will be light as day

Psalm 139:12

Good Monday Morning to this week 19 of 2019

This weekend I was reading Psalm 23, then a friend reminded to also go to Psalm 139:12 where David says: Even the night shall be light around me!

In fact: darkness isn’t darkness to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

The whole Psalm is beautiful Hebrew poetry talking about the power and knowledge of God. Hebrew poetry takes an entirely different approach. Instead of rhyming words, it rhymes ideas.

Search me, 0 God, and know my heart:
Try me, and know my thoughts:

By restating the concept in a slightly different way, by contrasting it with the opposite or by building on the thought with greater specificity parallelism forms the structural foundation of Hebrew poetry.

Whether within the line, the grouping or section, the skillful use of parallelism in Psalm 139, allows the reader to better understand the force of emotions motivating David in his plea before God.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yes, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Hebraic (rabbinical) teaching wants the students to challenge what they hear. It is through questioning everything that a student can learn. In addition, the teacher wants his/her students to excel to a point where the student becomes the teacher. Having
the same opinion about a passage of Scripture is nice but is far from absolute for the teacher using the Hebraic methodology. It is said if two rabbis come together to discuss a passage of Scripture the result is at least ten different opinions. It is permissible and encouraged for students to have multiple opinions. Since God is infinite and as humans we cannot fully comprehend the vastness of God, and God’s Word is the same, it is vast.

First David asks the rhetorical question “Where can I go to hide from God’s presence?” He then proceeds to answer that question in lines 8 – 12 by stating and restating, the belief that there is no place remote enough, dark enough, far enough or deep enough that God will not be there!

So in the Hebraic View Psalm 139: 12 is saying:

The LORD is a God who is so interested in our well being that He gets to know us even
before we are born, and is with us throughout our lives. Our God only wants the absolute
best for us. Unfortunately, the world is a broken place and we must muddle through it.

“For darkness will not be darkness with thee; but night will be light as day: as its darkness, so shall its light be to thee.”

“If I say, Yet the darkness shall cover me, when nothing else will, alas! I find myself deceived; the curtains of the evening will stand me in no more stead than the wings of the morning; even the night shall be light about me.

When God divided between the light and darkness it was with a reservation of this prerogative, that to himself the darkness and the light should still be both alike. “The darkness darkeneth not from thee, for there is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

The LORD is with us regardless of whether or not we want to be conscious of
God’s intentions and expectations. The LORD loves all of His creation and wants the best
for us. The LORD is with us no matter where we go, Earth or Sheol (a place of darkness). Since the LORD is with us always we call upon the LORD in all times of our life.

Shane and Shane start out their song very beautifully with the following words:

You wrote the story of my life
You go before you fall behind, yeah
Before a breath beyond my death
you are with me all the way
to everlasting
Oh I can’t run, I can’t hide
Even darkness is a light
From the lowest place to the highest praise
You are worthy

Many spoken, deep and wonderful truths for the rise and debut of this new week!

Philemon