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Be Strong in the Lord

One thing that lots of folks do well in this generation is to live healthy.  They are dedicated to being fit, trim, and strong! Facebook photos of a person’s athletic skill, weight lifting strength, or duration in feats of physical exertion are almost as common as the testimonials of how a certain product can do wonders in a quest for weight loss or what a cosmetic can do for one’s skin.

Physical fitness has many benefits for a person.  Confidence ranks near the top. When a person feels good and looks good they have a greater sense of personal confidence.  It provides a person with more stamina and is a major reason that concentration is enhanced. As a person works to achieve new levels of fitness, they realize that the same discipline can be applied to tackling new skills in other areas.  The power that is gained in one’s physical body creates a sense of power to succeed in life.

Power is what we desire.  Power over our fears. Power in a confrontation to stand our ground with someone that would do us harm.  Power to help someone who is threatened by a critical health need, a viable threat, or who is in need of being rescued.  Not all power is physical.  We admire the person that has economic power, intellectual power, a skill which gives them power, or a position of power.

No matter how strong a person may be in any area of life, there is always someone stronger. In the course of a lifetime, we can feel powerful in certain settings and feel completely inadequate in a different situation. Seeing to “bluff our way” to a point of advantageous power is futile.  Most often, that person who seeks to appear to be strong when weak is left exposed and humiliated.

Omnipotence (all power) is an attribute of God alone. It is the quality of having all power (Ps. 115:3). He can do all things that do not conflict with His holy nature. God has the power to do anything He wants to.

Does omnipotence mean that God can do literally anything? No, that is not the meaning. There are many things God cannot do. He cannot do what is self-contradictory or nonsensical, like squaring the circle. Nor (and this is vital) can he act out of character. God has a perfect moral character, and it is not in him to deny it. He cannot be capricious, unloving, random, unjust, or inconsistent. Just as he cannot pardon sin without atonement because that would not be right, so he cannot fail to be faithful and just in forgiving sins that are confessed in faith and in keeping all the other promises he has made. Moral instability, vacillation, and unreliability are marks of weakness, not of strength: but God’s omnipotence is supreme strength, making is impossible that he should lapse into imperfection of this sort.

The positive way to say this is: though there are things which a holy, rational God is incapable of intending, all that he intends to do he actually does. “Whatever the Lord pleases he does” (Ps. 135:6). As when he planned the make the world, “he spoke, and it came to be” (Ps. 33:9), so it is with everything that he wills. With people “there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip,” but not with Him.  (Copied).