For Times Like These, Power Belongeth to God

“There is nothing too hard for God

Nothing, too hard for God.

Power belongs to God.”

HEZEKIAH WALKER


While the news you hear may cause you to fear, remember this: The ultimate power belongs to God.  No one else!  Nothing is too hard for God.  Nothing.

  • Omnipotent, the Lord is two other things as well: Omniscient and omnipresent. Therefore, his knowledge and presence make the ‘power in his hands’ a mighty force for you – and all his children.  If he were uninformed and absence (from most places) his true power would be greatly limited, right?

This gospel classic by Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir conveys the assurance that all Christians benefit from.  He has all ‘power in his hands’.  This post seemed the perfect way to end this blog’s third anniversary Series; 66 Assurance Way was launched on the third Sunday of September 2013.

  • For times like these, power belongeth to God. So serve and trust the Lord for the rest of your life.

I’ll end with the words that are powerfully sung at the beginning of this Hezekiah Walker song:

Trust in the Lord at all times
Pour out your heart before Him
Power belongeth to God

God has spoken once
And twice have I heard this
Power belongeth to God

Who can search His understanding
His thoughts higher than ours
All power’s in His hands
For my life He has a plan


Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

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“I Got Company” / The Nevels Sisters


Remember who you have walking by your side, ‘following you’.  You’ve got ‘company‘! 

Remember that 4th image the angry King saw in the fiery furnace with the three Hebrew boys he placed in it (Daniel 3)?  They had company; they did NOT burn up either.

Goodness on your left side, Mercy on your right side.




The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

4 Habits of God-fearing Christian Voters (2016 Election Results)

 

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We’re often reminded to ask ourselves, when we’re at a critical juncture, this simple question: What Would Jesus Do? Frankly, as I’ve reflected on the 2016 US Presidential candidate who was declared the winner, I’ve mused on a similar question: How Would Jesus Vote?  The spiritual voice in my head keeps telling me firmly that the man who prevailed on Election Day wouldn’t have been Christ’s choice.

  • If you feel as I do, this post is for you.  Can we talk?

While our faith in some of our fellow citizens may have been badly battered, we can’t let our faith in the Almighty waver.  We can’t. Scripture tells us that when we’re weak, he’s strong.  In times like these, strive to find comfort in those who voted like you . . . and the one who walks with you and me and ‘makes our path straight’. Acknowledge the Almighty, even on those days when you turn on the TV and see something about politics that makes you want to scream or cry.

  • To put it simply, when abiding Christians are presented with a mountain, they must trust that they’ll have the power to climb the unclimbable. They know they’re not climbing alone.

Four Habits for dealing with your Post-election mountain

How can you successfully deal with the huge mountain that the events of the last 35 days, and the campaign season which preceded it? There are 4 habits, four steps to climb the political/societal mountain that you, I, and those who voted for one of the defeated candidates should practice.

  1. Stay: Don’t flee and run from a challenging situation.   When you do choose to stay, be engaged, not paralyzed due to indecision – like a deer in a car’s headlights.  Those deers don’t fare very well, do they?   Stay engaged and face the situation at hand.
  2. Pray: If you do, a way to deal with the giant may be divinely revealed to you.   Guess what?   With some help from Him, you may even be able to take down the giant without casting a single stone!   The Lord doesn’t utter ‘void words’! (Isaiah 55:11).
  3. Slay: If you haven’t run or avoided asking the Lord for help, you’ll be in a far better position to deal with the situation – slay the giant.   Your ‘walking buddy’ will not leave or forsake you.  David (1 Samuel 17) knew this! You and I should too, right?

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The 4th Habit is about what you can do for OTHERS.

  • Assist others, don’t avoid or abuse them.

This is based in the well-known Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25 – 37).   A Sermon my Pastor (Dr. Rev. James A. Webster) gave on September 18th on this parable revealed how people in life, when faced with ‘man lying on the side of the road’ situations, generally fall into one of three categories:

  1. Assisters (the category God wants abiding Christians to be in)
  2. Avoiders (crossing to the other side of the road)
  3. Abusers

You may be asking now: Who might be someone needing an assisting, Good Samaritan like me? Three groups of people come to mind:

  1. People who are the victims of post-election hate, racism, bigotry, or anti-immigrant hatred. You may be able to assist such people in a way that they’ll never forget. Ever!
  2. Like-minded Christians who need to be reminded to stay, pray, and slay. If this is a racially-diverse group, this has the potential to be mutually beneficially. There is great power in knowing that people who don’t look like you DO share similar feelings.  Even if they aren’t very religious, the things you hear from spiritually-grounded, moral people may make their day – or yours.
  3. Someone who voted for the man who was the victor, but who is now having reservations about the voting choice they made 5 weeks ago. This may be the toughest group to work with. However, what you do could change how they vote and live forever.  You may be the designated angel to convey the benefits of studying the Bible and using the What Would Jesus Do question to guide their life – and future election choices.

I can speak to the amazing power of interacting with those in the second group.   In the next post on this blog I will share a story of someone who helped people (1st group) who were the victims of racist and misogynistic rants.  Who says Good Samaritans only happen in the Bible?

  • A New England businessman, in a rowdy Southern bar on Election Night, got more than he could stand.

Peace be with you.

Greg Silverthorne

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New Direction / “Lighthouse” (Gospel)

Here is my thought, this is my plea
Lord let your holy light shine on me.
I wonder will you, hear my prayer
I know I’m not worthy, but I need your care.
Lord shine Your light, shine it this way,
shine it so I can see which way to take.
My faith is in You, to bring me through
I have one question . . .

I wonder if the light
from the lighthouse
would shine, would shine on me.

I wonder if the light
from the lighthouse
would shine, would shine on me.


This video is, I believe, from the 2000 Stellar Awards gospel TV show. This 1999 song -“Lighthouse”- has a distinct energy that perhaps only young, God-fearing Christians can give it! 

These exuberant young people, New Direction, are surely symbols of the ‘reflective light’ that all Christians should be.  God is, by the way, the ‘intrinsic light’ for all his saved children. As I saw this video, a recent Sermon my Pastor gave -on ‘being a light’- came to mind; the reflective and intrinsic light concepts are those of Dr. Rev. James A. Webster (from that Sermon) not mine.

If you’re steadfastly faithful, the Lord’s lighthouse will surely shine on you.  Shine on you.  You have no reason to wonder.  None.  To God be the Glory.

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8 Signs of a ‘Productive’, Godly Christian (2 Peter 1)

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1: 3-8 (NIV)


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Inner Strength through God’s Spirit (Scripture)

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I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.

Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.   And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.  Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 

Ephesians 3: 13 – 16 (NLT)


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He Knows You, He Guides You (Faith)


Who knows you better than the Lord?  The 139th Psalm, the first 14 verses to be exact, offers a poignant answer to this question.   He knows you and sees the best in you.


The Lord knows your every action.  He knows your every thought too.  Having created you, be assured that you are indeed ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. (v. 14)  God don’t make no junk!

  • He has an unsurpassable knowledge of you; sorry Mom, my Heavenly Father knows me better than even you.

Everywhere you can be, the Lord can be too.   He’s by your side!   Being by your side, you can’t hide and ‘flee from his presence’. (v. 7)

As long as you steadfastly trust him, he WILL direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  Walking with him will allow you to face any and all situations, no matter how big.  Just believe that he is bigger than any tribulation you may encounter.

  • Whatever the situation, he can guide you.  Whatever the trial or storm, be assured that his unchanging ‘right hand will hold you fast’. (v.  10)   Remember this: Even when he doesn’t change the situation, he can still change you in the situation.
  • You are not alone.  God’s by your side!

Oh what a friend you have in Jesus.   He knows you.  He guides you.  He sees the best in you!   Aren’t you glad?  He offers every abiding Christian assurance.

  • “Oh what a blessed assurance.  Oh what a blessed assurance.  Oh what a blessed assurance.” (DFW Mass Choir)
  • The best you can get from the world is insurance.  Sorry State Farm © , I have a good friend that’s better than a ‘good neighbor’!
  • I have goodness and mercy with me ‘all the days of my life’ (Psalm 23:6).  Through my Prayers and Praise, I have access to the keeper of my soul 7/24/365.  No one else can beat that!

Keep letting the Lord, your Shepherd, guide you.

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