People often look in the wrong place to find real power. Sometimes, folks look for power in the teachings of human beings. That way they may find a power, away from God, that can often corrupt; the kind that wants to control others. This can cause immense suffering and pain. So, when it comes to true power, power that gives substance and has good results, where do we go?

The teachings of Confucius are great, but not divinely inspired and cannot provide salvation. The writings of John Locke influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the new government of the United States, but Locke believed we can only know those things we experience through our senses.

Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher, was a great writer and thinker, but Kierkegaard believed man must take a leap of faith into the unknown. The Bible teaches faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. There is no “leap”.

Politicians like to demonstrate their power in elective office and sometimes the people are the ones who suffer. One of the lessons of humans and political power (in many areas) is this, although they may mean well, their use of power leaves something to be desired, doesn’t it?

We humans need to seek true power, not the power that makes us want to control and change others, but the power that changes our lives and prepares us for heaven. For this, there is only one source: the Bible. It has the powerful word of God, “…it can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32b) – selected

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