THE HOUR OF POWERBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with a host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots and came unto Mareshah. And Asa cried unto the Lord his God and said, Lord, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many or with them that have no power; Help us O Lord our God; for we rest on Thee and in Thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, Thou art our God, let not man prevail against Thee. So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.2 Chronicles 14:9-12------The hour of power is realized in the moment of weakness.Miraculous contemplations, considerations, and consolations:1) Numbers are not relevant to God.In fact, not only are numbers not relevant, but God seems to derive the most glory when man is most understaffed, undermanned, and undermined.Surveying and sizing up his fighting power and studying his war-book strategy, Asa was seized by the reality that he and his men were no match for the Ethiopian army that was on its way to engage them in battle.In a state of weakness, fear, and trepidation, Asa set his case before God and entrusted Him with his underdog status.Two to one ... the odds now stood in Asa's favor.Hmmm ...God is in the underdog business and man's threat poses NO threat to Him.+He's bigger than the biggest army.+He's stronger than an iron chariot.+He's more reliable than a horse in battle.+He's amply glorified and magnified in man's most weakened state.Recognizing weakness is the greatest and most mobilizing asset man possesses and when he places this unlikely "asset" before God, something very God-glorifying happens.------2) Asa cried out to God.Asa was a fighting man that simply didn't possess the fighting power needed to do combat with this gigantic force coming up against him. He looked at his dilemma, which caused him to look to his God, and it was at this precise juncture that the tables turned because the focal point turned.Focal point determines footsteps.Asa's footsteps ceased and his knees became his power point.Humbly acknowledging his needy, hopeless state, Asa relinquishes his power and authority and insists on trusting in God's absolute and total authority and success becomes his.Affliction, distress, and duress are the seasons which spawn growth, maturity, and intimacy best in our walk with God.It's not a fun plan or an easy plan ... but it's most certainly a masterful one that gets the job done.When we bend our knees and stop our feet, we have fallen in touch with our power-base and we are likely once again to fall in step and in love with God all over again.Mmm ....------3) Man doesn't ever appear as anything but faulty, flawed, and frail before God.God doesn't look at a man that He's created and see anything but weakness about him. He pities him, puts up with him, and longs for him to see realities about himself in order to release the care of himself to Him.The point of true self-recognition is humbling and enabling all in one.Acceptance of our weak state intensifies God's glorified state and a revealing of glory occurs in this exchange that is supernatural between a man and God.This is the point where intimacy with God buds, blossoms, and blooms.Present your weak self to God and He will present His glorified self to you.Wonder and behold the goodness and glory of God.Two to one ... The odds are in your favor at your weakest point;and the hour of power is realized in the moment of weakness.-------Today's Study Considerations1) Meditate on 1Corinthians 1:25-31 & 2Corinthians 12:9.Record five characters from the Bible which illustrate the realities in these truths.-----2) Record your five biggest weaknesses and ask God to reveal Himself to the world around you through them. Dare to realize and utilize areas of weakness and record testimonies which spring from them.------3) The odds are in your favor in your weakest hour.Experience God's power!------
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