John 19:11 No Power, Except What Is Given

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Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

After Jesus had been arrested, they had a very quick trial to accuse Him of doing things wrong. The people had brought Him to trial and wanted Him crucified. Pilate would ask Jesus questions, but Jesus would not answer any of them. Pilate then stated that he had power to keep Jesus alive or kill Him. Jesus told him that the only power he had, was what God allowed him to have.

As people accomplish things in their lives, they feel that they have more power. The higher the position, the more power that they think they have. Many often feel invincible and have absolute power.

While a person may have a lot of power, all of that power was not accomplished in their own strength. It had been given to them by God.

Even in the church, there are people who feel as they have authority and power over others, from their own efforts. They think that they had built themselves up to be in the position of authority as they are.

While it is true that a person does a lot of work to get where they are at, it is all because of God. God is the one who is in absolute control of every person on the earth. No one can do anything without His permission.

It is God who opens doors of opportunity and it is God who closes doors of opportunity.

Without God sustaining everything, no one would be able to breathe or move on this planet. God is the one who has given every person the ability to live on this planet, and at any moment God can take that ability away.

Believers need to keep this in mind at all times. When a person in the world is opposing or ruling over them, he can only do what God allows.

There may be a person who is ruling very harshly over you. Trust God to help you through the situation.

Or you may be the one over someone else. Rule in the way of God’s love and mercy. It is not about you, but about God and His ways.

You have no power, except what God has given you.

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will trust in God’s full power; that you will realize you need God for everything; and that you will live in God’s ways of love and mercy. 

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2 Samuel 5:12 Knowing God’s Work

Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 2 Samuel 5:12

After the death of King Saul, David was made king of Israel. It was not until the king of Tyre sent workers and supplies to David did David realize that God had really made him king of over Israel. At that point he knew that it was God’s hand at work that had made him securely king over Israel and it was for the sake of the people of Israel.

When most people are moved up in a promotion to a higher position, their first thoughts are usually that they deserved that position. They feel that they had worked hard to get there. There is pride in their heart about getting into that new higher position.

Very seldom do people realize that it was because of God working in their lives that put them in that position. Many people do not give God the credit for their position.

At some point in your life you may have been moved up in a position. Yes, it did take a lot of your own personal work to get to that position. However, without God’s hand of favor and work in your life, you would never have attained that position.

Think about it. It is only because of God’s sustaining power that you can breathe, or move, or think, or work. If you can only do these things because of God’s sustaining power, then any move up in position is ultimately the work of God. God has given you the ability to do everything that you do.

The challenge now in your life is to recognize the work of God in your life. Realize what God has given you and allowed you to do. Give God credit for the good place in life you may be.

Do  not allow personal pride to take away what God has done in and for you. Know that it was God who has brought you as far as you have come and will bring you the rest of the way on this journey in this life.

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will know it is God who gives you all of your abilities; that you will not allow pride to take the place of God; and that you will be a great asset in God’s kingdom here on this earth.

1 Samuel 17:45 Fighting The Enemy

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45

The Philistines had made an offer to the Israelites to have one man from each side fight together, whoever won the fight, that side would be the conquerors. Goliath was the chosen warrior for the Philistines. No one was willing to fight him, because he was a giant and a seasoned warrior.

David’s brothers were at the battle also. David was sent to bring them some food. When he saw the giant, he was willing to fight him. Goliath threatened him with many threats, but David just said he was coming against him in the name of God. With just a simple sling and one stone, David killed Goliath and the Israelites won the battle.

In today’s society most people do not have to physically go to war against another person. Only those who are in the military have to deal with that type of situation. However, there are many other battles against an enemy that every believing person must face on a daily basis.

You, along with every believer, have at least one enemy…the devil. He is seeking to get you to sin and fall away from God. He comes at you directly or through others, in your thoughts, and in your physical life. Temptations are thrown your way every day. It is a great battle to fight off these temptations of the enemy.

This battle is for your soul. It is up to you as to who will win the battle.

You must not try to fight the battle in your own strength using the weapons of this world. You must fight it in the power of God. It is God who the enemy is defying, not you. Allow God to win the battle in your life.

Do not give the enemy a chance at taking you down. Take the initiative and run forward first and take him out. Kill the temptations to sin and win the battle.

I pray today that God will give you courage to fight the enemy; that you will fight in God’s power and way; that you will allow God to destroy all temptation to sin; and that God will win the battle for your soul.