Romans 13:1-2 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
Top dog. Head honcho. Big cheese.
These are just a few names given to those seeking to run the show. The competition for that spot can be ruthless at times. Many would sell their soul for that opportunity. Some have.
Some have gone to great lengths to step on, push aside, or even eliminate their competition. The desire for what seems to be the pinnacle of a career can be deceiving. There is no great pleasure derived from the position. Many who have reached it have commented on how unsatisfying it became. The sacrifices made of time, character, relationships, and family are never a worthwhile tradeoff.
When that spirit creeps into our churches, we must eradicate it immediately. We cannot allow that spirit to have a foothold. Position and power are things given by God, not some acquisition by man.
We desire recognition for our contribution. We want to know we are making a difference. We want appreciation for what we bring to the table.
When we foster this spirit of competition, we fail to appreciate one another. What may seem a small contribution may be enormous to the one giving.
Luke 21:2-4 “And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”
Power does not come from what we possess. Power comes from God.
God’s power structure is different from what we might think. Our God, the God of the universe, is sovereign. He rules and reigns overall and has power overall.
The Creation we can see, both macro and micro, reveals His excellent power. The forces of nature, the intricacies of each creature, the depth of the science involved, and the interwoven complexity of relationships are just a few examples.
The most significant power God gave to man is his free will. The freedom to choose seems to provide us with a multitude of options. We only have two choices: our way or God’s way.
Because of the laws of sowing and reaping, every choice has a consequence and a reward. Choosing our way, we come out from under the umbrella of God’s promised protection and venture forth without His covering or blessing.
Choosing God’s way, we follow the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit. God becomes responsible for the path, direction, and outcome. How much He will bless and with what He will bless, becomes His decision.
The power struggle was present before Creation. Lucifer, the archangel assigned to guard the throne of God, allowed pride to enter his heart.
Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Known as the “5 ‘I wills’ of Satan,” we find the origin of pride and selfishness. Lucifer hungered for power. He became blinded by the pride that grew in his heart.
The only way we can genuinely wield the power God gives us is when we place ourselves under the Holy Spirit’s leadership and guidance. Our flesh becomes a ready weapon in the hands of our enemy if not brought into submission.
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
It is when we desire to become more like Jesus that we will experience the victory.
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Satan will use everything he can to assault God’s children. His ultimate goal is destruction. We must never think ourselves above what we are: a saint who sometimes sins.
In this world, we possess little power. As children of God, He gives access to unlimited potential. We can move the hand of God.
Isaiah 45:11 “Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
God holds us in. His hand.
John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”
God keeps us by a power far higher than our enemy will ever possess. That security ought to give us such confidence to step out and commit ourselves to do all that He commands.
Set your heart to commit yours to the One who possesses the power to keep every word He ever gave.