I remember being 20 years old cruising around my college campus in Upstate NY belting out this song on the top of my lungs. “I got the power….” I could almost feel myself getting stronger as I belted out those words. Little did I know 20 years later I’d hear this song and be so profoudly impacted by something God showed me, that I believe will impact every single person who reads this.
Did you know you possess a superpower? Yep, that’s right. And it has a pretty cool name too. Dunamis. That’s your superpower. Dunamis. Go ahead, post on your Facebook wall, Snapchat your friends, buy the T-shirt, announce to the world your superpower!
Oh wait, I should probably explain this superpower to you first huh?
Ok, here goes.
Did you know that God promises you Power? But here’s what’s cool, because when you read that you may think of something totally different than when I read it. Words matter. Meanings mater. But when God promises us power in scripture it’s actually defined for us. So there’s no room for debate. God is saying, here’s exactly what I’m promising you.
Let dig into that. Because the opposite of that is fear. And that’s exactly what the author in Timothy does for us. He says, you have one option and that’s fear, but God hasn’t given you that, he’s given you power. Dunamis.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind.
Now let’s quickly take a peek at what he has NOT given us.
The word fear here is the greek word Deilia. It means to be timid or cowardly. That’s NOT who you are. When you begin to experience those feelings and emotions, it’s not you. Don’t let it take root.
What you are is powerful, God promises. He says he’s actually deposited that inside you. The word power here is the greek word Dunamis. Ahhhhh THAT’S my superpower Sean? Yep. Now check this out, here’s what Dunamis means. You are Dunamis.
a. An inherent power residing in someone by it’s nature (God) of which someone exerts and puts forth (So God says, I’ve given you power … use it, exert it.)
b. Power for performing miracles
c. Moral power and excellence of soul
d. The power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
e. Power and resources arising from numbers
f. Power consisting in and resting on armies, forces and hosts.
I want you to go back and read that definition over 2 or 3 times. Let every single part sink deeply into your soul. That is what God says he’s deposited inside you.
You don’t have fear, you have power. Dunamis. That’s who you really are.
So the next time you’re experiencing fear, please remember. You got the power, I got the power.
Written by: Sean Christopher