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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

2- Power is one of God's attributes

 

St-Takla.org Image: The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator, encaustic on panel (Sinai, Egypt, Saint Catherine's Monastery, 6th-7th century). صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أقدم أيقونة في العالم تصور السيد المسيح الضابط الكل، مرسومة بألون شمعية، مصر، دير سانت كاثرين، سيناء - القرن 6-7 الميلادي.

St-Takla.org Image: The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator, encaustic on panel (Sinai, Egypt, Saint Catherine's Monastery, 6th-7th century).

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أقدم أيقونة في العالم تصور السيد المسيح الضابط الكل، مرسومة بألون شمعية، مصر، دير سانت كاثرين، سيناء - القرن 6-7 الميلادي.

- In the Trisagion we say, "Holy God, Holy Almighty..."

- In the Pascha Hymn we say, "Thine is the power and the glory... "

- We conclude the Lord's Prayer with the words: "For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory" (Matt. 6:12)

- The divine inspiration, speaking about the Spirit of God, said, "the Spirit of counsel and might" (Is. 11:2). The creation process, the raising of the dead, and miracles are proofs of God's power.

Since God is mighty and we are created in His image and likeness (Gen.:27), then we are supposed to be mighty and powerful.

God is Almighty and He is also the source of true power:

That is why we sing in the Pascha Hymn the words of the psalmist, "The Lord is my strength and song" (Ps.118:14). So the divine inspiration says, in the Book of Zechariah the Prophet, " 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit', says the Lord" (Zech. 4:6).

It is also stated in the Holy Bible, "and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty" (1 Cor. 1:27). But why?

St. Paul the Apostle says, "that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us" (2 Cor. 4:7).

In order for God to be the source of our power, St. Paul the Apostle says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13).

It is true that we wish to be powerful, but let God be the source of our power. He gives us power. Let us not depend on our own power but on His power. Let us stand before Him weak and take power from Him.

I remember once I wrote in my notes : Satan said to God,

'Leave the powerful to me, I am capable of dealing with them. As for those who feel their weakness, they resort to You God, and fight me with the power they take from You, so I can't overcome them'.


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