God's Mighty Arm.... Rick Renner


God's Mighty Arm.... Rick Renner

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[FONT=verdana, helvetica, sans-serif]Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [/FONT]
[FONT=verdana, helvetica, sans-serif](Eph. 6:10 KJV) [/FONT]

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[FONT=verdana, helvetica, sans-serif]The word "might" (in Ephesians 6:10) is taken from the word ischuos, and it conveys the picture of an extremely strong man, such as a bodybuilder; a man who is able; a man who is mighty; or a man with great muscular capabilities. [/FONT]

[FONT=verdana, helvetica, sans-serif]Now Paul applies this picture of a strong, muscular man not to himself, but to God! He pictures God as One who is able, mighty and muscular. So ponder these questions:
  • Is there anyone more powerful than God?
  • Is there anyone more able than God?
  • Is there any force in the universe equal to the muscular ability of God?
With one stroke of His hand, God's mighty arm released so much creative power that the entire universe was flung into being.

With one stroke of His hand, God's mighty arm unloosed so much power that Nimrod and all his wicked cohorts at the Tower of Babel were scattered across the face of the earth.

With one stroke of His hand, God's mighty arm discharged such a powerful force that the civilized world of Noah's day was flooded, and an entire period of civilization was wiped out.
With one stroke of God's mighty arm, such overwhelming power was released that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were forever wiped off the face of the earth by fire and brimstone.

With one stroke of God's mighty arm, Egypt's rebellion against God was crushed beyond recognition and the children of Israel were set free.

With one stroke of God's mighty arm, the turbulent, raging Red Sea walls of water collapsed and came tumbling down to swallow up the pursuing chariots of Pharaoh.

With one stroke of God's mighty are, the wicked powers of the heavenlies were forcibly shoved aside and, although it was physically and medically impossible, Jesus was conceived and miraculously born from a virgin's womb.

With one stroke of God's mighty arm, His power surged into the caverns of hell itself and ripped Jesus out of the pangs of death, stripping principalities and powers naked and making a public display of their embarrassing defeat.

When the mighty arm of God moved on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came as a "mighty rushing wind" and filled the Upper Room with His awesome power, supernaturally empowering the disciples to preach the Word while accompanied by signs and wonders.

Today this same mighty arm of God is still working throughout the earth. Where is His powerful, able, mighty muscular ability working today? In you and me! Paul's words still apply directly to us when he says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."

The reason kratos power is so powerful and demonstrative (as in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead) is that God's muscles (ishuos) are backing it up! Thus, one expositor accurately translates Ephesians 6:10 this way: "strong in the Lord and in the Powerful, outwardly demonstrated ability that works in you as a result of God's great muscular ability."

All that God is; the power He possesses and all the energy of His muscular and mighty ability; energizes the kratos power that is now at work in believers who have been empowered by the Holy Spirit. And this is the power that is at work within you and me!

[FONT=Verdana,]The above excerpt was taken from Dressed To Kill by Rick Renner. [/FONT]