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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

17- The Existence Of God In Our Lives And His Power Working In Us

 

11-The Existence Of God In Our Lives And His Power Working In Us.

How beautiful is the Lord's saying to JacobI am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this

land.” (Gen. 28: 15). The Lord was with him and watched over him wherever he went although he has not seen the Lord physically. It is very comfortable for the soul to feel that the Lord is with us and to believe it. This allows us to live in serenity and joy.

The above was not only a blessing to Jacob but the Lord says “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20).

Our feeling that God is with us, gives us a feeling that a Godly power is walking with us and protecting us.

St-Takla.org Image: Jesus with some youth - Chastity - Our Father - We are the sons of God - "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Mathew 18:20) صورة: شباب مع المسيح - البتولية - مسيح الشباب - الله أبونا، بنوتنا لله - "حَيْثُمَا اجْتَمَعَ اثْنَانِ أَوْ ثَلاَثَةٌ بِاسْمِي فَهُنَاكَ أَكُونُ فِي وَسْطِهِمْ" (متى 18: 20)

St-Takla.org Image: Jesus with some youth - Chastity - Our Father - We are the sons of God - "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Mathew 18:20)

صورة: شباب مع المسيح - البتولية - مسيح الشباب - الله أبونا، بنوتنا لله - "حَيْثُمَا اجْتَمَعَ اثْنَانِ أَوْ ثَلاَثَةٌ بِاسْمِي فَهُنَاكَ أَكُونُ فِي وَسْطِهِمْ" (متى 18: 20)

This power is working in you and is with you from the moment you receive the Holy Spirit and He then accompanies you for the rest of your life, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. In the time of the first church the people saw the kingdom of God being established in power (Mark 9:1), “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31). It was said that St. Stephen was “Full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs” (Acts 6:8), and that he stood before the synagogue “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke” (Acts 6: 10). That is the power in faith. He who believes but is afraid to show his faith is a person with weak faith, he does not believe in the power of God working with him.

The woman who was bleeding for twelve years felt that if she could just touched the edge of the cloak of Jesus a power would come out of Him to heal her, and that is what happened (Matt. 9:22, Lk 8:46).

If you believe in the power of God and hold steadfastly to it, you will surely obtain it.

Let it be that you have this faith and this feeling in all aspects of your life: in your service, prayer and works.

Even in your fall, believe that there is a power to save you. If you are weaker than the devils then believe that God who loves you is stronger, and that He is able to save you from sin. And in strong faith pray to God to grant you the power you need to succeed in your spiritual life, ask Him who “always leads us in triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14).

Even if you have been waiting long time, just believe that the power of God will reach you and save you. This power of God is unseen, but it exists, and is ready to work with those who ask for it by faith. You need to experience this power which is accompanying you, not only in the life of repentance but in all aspects of your spiritual life so that when you speak, others will feel the strength and the effect of the words you are saying.

The believer is a strong person believing in the power of God working in him.

Paul said, “To this end I also labour, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” (Col. 1:29) and he says about God “To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph. 3:20).

It is faith in the unseen power of God that prompted Saint Paul to claim confidently, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13).

We ask ourselves: is this phrase only applies to Saints like Paul? The Lord answers “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23).

Perhaps this power is a test for our spiritual lives. Are we in faith? Is it a power we are glad of and live in serenity with?

In the church, we rejoice in the many unseen things.


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