Monday, June 22, 2015
In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented an explosive made with Nitroglycerin absorbed in a porous material. It was by far the most powerful explosive that had ever been invented.
When Nobel and his friends saw what his invention could do, and had to decide on a name, they sought for the strongest possible word for power in any language.
The word they finally chose was the Greek word, Dunamis, from which the word dynamite was derived.
This word, in Greek, is also the word for power and is used again and again in the New Testament for the power of Christ, the Gospel and the Christian life.
This information is accessible in the Encyclopedia of 15,000 illustrations, Paul Tan 4536
I am currently entrenched (won't budge) in a Bible Study on the Book of Acts. My pastor, who leads the study can transform just a couple of words in the Bible into weeks and weeks of study. Because of this factor, combined with my impatient nature, my pastor frequently teases me by telling our group, "tonight we have something new for Lori".
We have a wonderful (did I say wonderful?) time dissecting and rereading each and every word and although we try to keep it to about an hour long, that's not always a promise.
I was mesmerized by the book of Acts from the very beginning. Who wouldn't be? On the very first page Jesus ascends into Heaven. How cool was that?
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day when He is taken up, after He had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after suffering many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them He ordered them to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, "You heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority. 8 But you will receive dunamis power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the Earth." 9 And when He said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. 10. And while they were gazing into Heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11. and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into Heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into Heaven."
Can you imagine what it must have been like to have been standing there that day?
Wow, it gives me goose bumps just reading it!!
Thank you Father God for the gift of dunamus! There is power in the blood indeed!
Those who have received that power should be using it every day. I antiquate dunamus with Faith as one must have an abundance of faith to even receive dunamus. Be BOLD in your Faith. Don't be afraid to show it off. God doesn't want us to be cowards. He doesn't want us to be afraid of anything.
"Dunamus" is a Greek word (δύναμις, εως, ἡ) which is pronounced, doo'-nam-us and means "act of power"(Youngs); "miraculous power, ability, (Strongs); "natural capability, inherent power; capability of anything, ability to perform any thing; then, absolutely, not merely power capable of action, but, power in action" (Bullinger's) It is used over 121 times in the New Testament and translated into the following English words: ability, abundance, meaning, might, mighty need, mighty work, miracle, power, strength, violence,virtue, wonderful works, worker of miracles and mighty.
In one of Beth Moore's marvelous teachings she asks this question. "What are you afraid of the most? In this particular teaching the people in the audience (mostly women) responded in various ways; my spouse leaving me for another, a close family member dying, loosing my job, loosing my home. It doesn't really matter what it is. It is a fear that is real to you.
So then she asked the question, "So then what?"
And we searched our minds for the answer, "I'd cry for days, I'd be a mess."
And then what? "I'd go to a counselor or spend time with clergy."
And then what? "I would gradually get a grip, find some acceptance in the situation"
And then what?
After enough And then whats, we realize that life is a battle we can win. There is nothing in this life that we can't overcome because Jesus has our back!
He gives us dunamus. His love for us makes us stronger than any difficulty life might present.
Don't ever forget that! There is indeed power in the blood and you have it...if you don't ask Him for it. Don't be afraid. If there's one thing God doesn't like, it's a ninny. a coward, a scardy-cat.
11 Timothy 1:7 God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self control.
Find that dunamis inside of you and decide that you don't want to be that person who is standing around wringing your hands or crying your face off. So what should you do?
God makes it really clear...
Ephesians 6:13-18 instructs us to "Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all that, to stand firm. 14. Stand therefore having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, 18. praying at all times in the spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all of the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel 20. for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.