“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and self-discipline…..Therefore do not be ashamed of either the witness about our Lord or me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, ” (2Tim. 1:7-8LSB) https://accordance.bible/link/read/LSB#2Tim._1:7
This Christian religion is not for the weak but the strong though we come to Him, Jesus the Savior, because we are weak and because He is strong. We are weak for saving ourselves, impossible for us. We are weak before men in the things that men use for determining strength. We do not pursue strength through power but strength through weakness that the power of God might be made visible through our weakness. This power, this supernatural strength, is for living obedient lives before God. The power God gives is for persevering in affliction and identifying ourselves with Him while men malign us and persecute us for doing so. The power of God is for suffering injustice, forgiving our enemy, and loving those who in their ignorance and blindness, hate God and all those who love Him. The Holy Spirit, Who is the power of God, lives inside His people empowering them to boldly though humbly identify with Him before men so that men might be saved. The power of God in the man of God is for serving and sharing the love of God with people against God until they are reconciled to God regardless of their actions against us. Are we Holy Spirit filled people? Is the power of God evident in our lives? It is if we are loving the unlovely, forgiving the unkind, and sharing with these people the love of God in Jesus the Savior. If we are unafraid of the consequences of men to identify with Jesus and share with men their need for Jesus we are indeed filled with Power from on High just as the first disciples.