Daily Bread 10/19/2022


Daily Bread – October 19, 2021 (The Fourth Day – Genesis 1:14-19) Ephesians 1:19 – …and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working power of His mighty strength, All The Strength We Could Ever Need The Champion of our faith, Jesus Christ our Savior, has made all of the divine power and ability we will ever need available for anything we will ever face. The biggest challenge we have is our willingness to believe Him in time of trouble and to look to Him for everything – for without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5-7)! If we will simply turn to the Author and Finisher (Leader and Perfecter) of our faith, He will supply to us all that we need according to His mighty power (Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:16; Luke 11:13; Matthew 6:26, 32; 2 Corinthians 9:8). The creative power of the One Who rules the Universe with His sovereign might has supplied to us all of the strength we could ever need to be His people and representatives. The Holy Spirit, so desiring to convince us of all the power made available to us in Christ Jesus, used almost all of the words in the Greek language for “power” in this one verse of Scripture: ‘dunamis,’ ‘energeia,’ ‘kratos,’ and ‘ischus.’ The Greek word ‘dunamis’ is the creative, miracle-working power of Almighty God by which He created all things. This power was observed as virtue that flowed out of Jesus to heal the woman with the issue of blood, and as the power the Church would receive once the Holy Spirit came upon them. It has been said that ‘dunamis’ is the ability to accomplish the promise, while ‘energeia’ is the unstoppable force of God that builds and throws down. It is brute, or muscular power, or working efficiency; and by application, “supernatural strength” (Philippians 3:21; Colossians 1:29). ‘Kratos’ is the absolute and sovereign power by which God rules the Universe – the power to overcome obstacles, or execute “dominion,” the controlling power over all things. ‘Ischus’ is the power or strength contained within the essence of something. It is the natural force of God’s own capabilities to produce and be the things that He is. It is potential power – the power that will come to bear when needed (1 Peter 4:11). The word ‘ischus’ is first used in Genesis 4:12: “When you till the ground, it will not yield her strength (‘ischus’) to you.” And thus, the Scripture could read: “And what is the exceeding greatness of His creative power, according to the unstoppable force of His absolute sovereign rule that resides within His own abilities.” Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen