Degrees of Power

Degrees of Power: Be honest with yourself. At this time, how much power do you have to make a difference. Power always seems to be reflected in words. I have concluded that there are only three levels of power, and they manifest in words, whether you speak them to someone else or silently say them to yourself.

[1] You could have “no power.” When words are spoken from a hard or ignorant heart – or an unbelieving one, or one in deliberate sin, they have no power. The Holy Spirit will not respond to and anoint these words. You will only limit yourself and in some cases, keep yourself chained to emotions or habits that get you nowhere.
[2] You could have a life of “low power.” Without a close relationship with God, or when you are filled with doubt, or soaked in pride, or habitually feel sorry for yourself, your words carry very low power and not much anointing. Anointing is never your choice. It’s always the choice of the Holy Spirit. He responds to faith, hope and love. Think about that and look at what it is He may not be responding to.
[3] You could, and should have “all power.” This power is already resident in your heart, waiting to manifest itself in the words you speak to others, or perhaps most importantly, you say to yourself. “All power” comes with committed, unrelenting surrender to Christ, and is spoken in the mighty name of Jesus – to whoever will listen and especially to yourself. The Holy Spirit hears and miracle-working power comes. It is the gate to grace. Wise leaders know God only responds with all His power to our surrender, obedience and faith… Then, mountains will be cast into the sea, devils flee, dead men walk, and those you lead will be changed forever.  Mark 11:23-24 (NKJV) says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. {24} Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

 

Dr. Bob



Gifts from Heaven -Pastor Nancy Abramson 12-2019

This is a wonderful study about the “Gifts from Heaven” we receive when we invite Christ into our hearts.




My newest e-book for June 2019: Seven New Testament Patterns for Godly Living

My newest e-book: Seven New Testament Patterns for Godly Living –  Everyone develops patterns of living, both righteous and not. Dr. Abraamson will challenge you to compare the patterns of your own life to New Testament patterns for godly living. The writings of the apostles Paul and Peter will provide you with an opportunity to contemplate and answer questions such as: What are some of the most common patterns we see in our societies today that matter to people, but may not please God? Why would Scripture require that we bear with one another in a pattern of loving forgiveness? Why would a pattern of peace in a person’s heart be fundamental to success in life? Why could Paul expect people to have a pattern of always being joyful, when it’s obvious life has its ups and downs?

 



“Fresh and Flourishing”

Dr. Bob’s newest book (August, 2018): It’s a Contemplative Journey Through Psalm Ninety-Two. Psalm 92 reminds us of many reasons why it is “good to give thanks to the Lord.” God can turn any experience into one that works in ways that fulfill His purpose for you. Keep seeking Him. You will find, understand and fulfill the purpose to which He called you; and you will flourish.



A Sample of Thoughts from My Newest Book

Coming in August or September – my newest book: “Fresh and Flourishing, a Contemplative Journey Through Psalm Ninety-Two.” I thought you might enjoy a sneak preview into one of my thoughts I recorded in the book:
“I can vividly remember what it felt like, years ago, to give up my church and no longer occupy the position of its pastor. I had so much loved being a pastor. When I had to move on, I felt empty. My entire being had been focused on helping others through the gifts God had placed in me in my role as a pastor. Suddenly, though the gifts were still there, the opportunities were not. I felt used up and unable to see what purpose there was for me, beyond being a pastor. Nevertheless, I understood that this new season of life would have fruitfulness in it I could never have had if I stayed in the season God wanted to close. Yet, there remained a hole in my heart for the calling I had so diligently fulfilled. Perhaps I will never fully get past the feelings I so greatly enjoyed as a pastor meeting His people’s needs. I had always seen myself as this important thread in a coat of many colors. Now, it was like I was pulled from the coat, floating like a loose thread falling to the floor. What was I to do?

It took me far too long, but years later, I began to see that coat of many colors from a very different perspective. No, I wasn’t one of those shiny colorful threads for everyone to see. I was really just a small thread in the lining of God’s coat of many colors. It was my high privilege to be so! My task was to be a functioning part of that lining that consists of innumerable servants of God. This had become my opportunity to fit and function without allowing my pride to tell God where I belonged in that coat. I began to see the value of what my experience and age could bring to younger pastors, using my gifts in ways I could never do in the past. Now, my ministry and life are very different, but certainly no less fruitful. I now clearly understand why, in all things, “it’s good to give thanks to the Lord.”

Look for the book later, but let what you just read speak to you today. – Dr. B