Who or what do you believe in? Let’s say for strength and power. You have to believe in something or someone in these areas. Do you believe and depend on someone else to provide strength? At some point that person will let you down. Do believe in yourself for strength? If you do, eventually your body will give out and cannot keep up a demand that you may expect of it.
I always wondered why my youngest son favored Batman over Superman. At almost 24 years old, he still does today. He has not retreated in his favoritism since he was a little boy. Even all the Power Rangers he collected throughout his childhood could not sway him from liking Batman the most. And yes…I was one of those crazy moms that stood in line for hours every time a new Power Ranger graced the toy stores. A memory that I surely will never forget. And dearest Alex, I hope you appreciated all your mom went through to get you every ranger, saber, and accessory that went along with them!
Curious as to the difference between Superman and Batman’s attributes, I went to Wikipedia for the answer.
Superhuman strength, speed, hearing, longevity, stamina, and intelligence, invulnerability, flight, freezing breath, multiple extrasensory and vision powers, and finally healing factor.
Genius-level intellect, peak physical and mental conditioning, master martial artist, acrobat, detective, escapologist, strategist, swordsman, tactician, and marksman, use of high-tech equipment, weapons, armors, and gadgets, master of stealth, master of disguise, highly proficient with technology, access to vast wealth and criminal records, trained computer hacker, and last but not least, photographic memory.
Ok, after comparing the two I have to agree, Batman blows Superman out of the water! I hate to be the bearer of bad news to some who may actually believe these two super humans exist…they don’t.
Leaving our minds from fantasy, let’s step back into reality now.
Do we believe God, who he says he is and what he can do?
This one little part of a verse stood out before me one morning as I was digging through God’s word. What I needed to see was planted right in the middle of a longer verse. “Your life of faith is a response to God’s power.” This is from Paul writing his first letter to the Corinthians. The rest of the verse is this:
“Nothing I (Paul) said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 MSG
Wow…I had to read and then reread this verse several times. It’s a new favorite of mine now.
Is my life a response to God’s power? Is yours?
My answer, sadly and ashamedly not always. I don’t always live a life of faith in response to God’s power. I try to handle things in my own strength. I look to others for strength, when I should be looking to the one who is all powerful. When do I do this? When I take my eyes off of my Papa God.
I am weak, but praise God He is strong!
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 HCSB
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NIV
We need to stop looking to others for strength. We need to stop acting like we are super heroes with super strengths. We need to fix our eyes on the one and only who is power and strength!
“With God’s power working in us, God can do much, more than anything we can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 NCV