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All religion and worship stands especially upon two pillars: goodness and power in God. If either of these were defective, all religion would faint away. We can expect no entertainment with Him without goodness, nor any benefit from Him without power. ~ Stephen Charnock
As God is rich, possessing all blessings, so He is powerful and able to confer all blessings on us, and to make them efficacious to us. We could not, without consideration of it, pray in faith of success—nay, we could not pray at all—if His power were defective to help us, and His mercy too weak to relieve us. Who would humbly beg, or lie as a prostrate suppliant, to a feeble arm? It was upon this ability of God that our Savior built His petitions. ~ Stephen Charnock
All worship is shot wrong that is not directed to, and conducted by, the thoughts of this attribute (whose assistance we need). When we beg the pardon of our sins, we should eye mercy and power. When we beg His righting us in any case where we are unjustly oppressed, we do not eye righteousness without power. When we plead the performance of His promise, we do not regard His faithfulness only without the prop of His power. As power ushers in all the attributes of God in their exercise and manifestation in the world, so should it be the target our eyes are fixed upon in all our acts of worship. ~ Stephen Charnock© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible