Waar kry jy jou krag vandaan?

Sessie 3 van Heilige Gees seminaar: Jesus is ‘n permanente ewige volhoubare kragbron wat nooit load-shed en ‘depleted’ raak nie!

What makes you bold, strong, gives you strength? Where do you draw power from? Some people draw power from their personality, status, possessions, knowledge, influence, abilities or success. One can also draw strength from food, chemical stimulants, alcohol and psychedelic drugs. It is a known fact that survivors can also draw strength from positive sources like, family and loved ones, higher purpose, and meaning. Religious people draw strength from their traditions and methods. Ultimately Jesus is inviting us to come to Him and learn to draw power, boldness and strength from the Spirit and the Word!

Jesus promoted another more natural source of power.

Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 pDo not labor for the food which perishes, but qfor the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, rbecause God the Father has set His seal on Him.” (John 6:26–27) Jesus is a permanent source of power, and strength. The power that man seeks, is for self-preservation. The power that Jesus gives, is a power to heal. His power is to be given away, to free people, heal people and save people. When we live our creational purpose, His power will flow naturally. We are tired, disillusioned, broken, sick, disconnected, powerless because we seek our own rule, apart from God. The iron man superhero found an internal self-sustainable power source! When the power goes down, we need to charge all our devices. Load-shedding is happening because of an unreliable source! All these things mentioned has some power, to empower you for a while, but then you need to come back and reload, while the core is really diminishing and with every charge becomes weaker until depleted.

Jesus contained an inner supernatural, spiritual power:

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit (Luk 4:14) Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. (Matt. 22:29; Mark 12:24) And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. (Luk 5:17)Power that left Him (Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46)And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. (Luk 6:19) He was a power source Himself! People could connect, touch Him and receive power.

1411. δύναμις dúnamis; gen. dunámeōs, fem. noun from dúnamai (G1410), to be able. Power, especially achieving power. All the words derived from the stem dúna- have the meaning of being able, capable. It may even mean to will. Contrast ischús (G2479) which stresses the factuality of the ability, not necessarily the accomplishment.(I) Spoken of intrinsic power, either physical or moral, as in the verb dúnamai.(A) Of the body (1 Cor. 15:43, “in power” stands in opposition to “in weakness”; Heb. 11:11; Sept.: Job 39:19, dúnamis; Job 40:11, ischús; Ps. 29:4, ischús [G2479], strength).(B) Generally (Matt. 25:15; Acts 6:8; 1 Cor. 15:56; 2 Tim. 1:7) a spirit of strength, meaning manly vigor in opposition to a spirit of cowardice (deilías [G1167]) (Heb. 1:3, “His powerful word” [a.t.]; 7:16; 11:34; Rev. 1:16; Sept.: 2 Kgs. 18:20; 1 Chr. 13:8; 29:2; Ezra 2:69; 10:13; Job 12:13). Also in various constructions with katá (G2596), according to one’s strength, meaning as far as one can (2 Cor. 8:3). With hupér (G5228), beyond, above one’s strength (2 Cor. 1:8; 8:3). With en (G1722), in, and the dat. dunámei meaning with power or powerfully, mightily (Col. 1:29; 2 Thess. 1:11). With the dat. only (Acts 4:33). In Eph. 3:16; Col. 1:11, the dat. dunámei means with power.(C) Spoken of God, the Messiah, the great power of God, meaning His almighty energy (Matt. 22:29; Mark 12:24; Luke 1:35; 5:17; Rom. 1:20; 9:17; 1 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 4:7; 13:4; Eph. 1:19; 3:7, 20; 2 Tim. 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:5; 2 Pet. 1:3). Joined with dóxa (G1391), glory, it implies the greatness, omnipotence, and majesty of God (Rev. 15:8. See Matt. 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69, “on the right hand of the power of God”; Heb. 1:3, “on the right hand of the Majesty”). By metonymy spoken of a person or thing in whom the power of God is manifested, i.e., the manifestation of the power of God (Acts 8:10; see Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18, 24). With the gen. phrase “of God” it expresses the source, i.e., power imparted from God (1 Cor. 2:5; 2 Cor. 6:7). Spoken of Jesus as exercising the power to heal (Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46; 2 Cor. 12:9). In Rom. 1:4, “in power [en dunámei]” (a.t.) stands for the gen. toú dunatoú, the Son of God, the powerful One. In the sense of power, omnipotent majesty (Matt. 24:30; Mark 9:1; 13:26; Luke 21:27, “with power and great glory”; 2 Thess. 1:7, “with angels of His power” [a.t.] means the angels who are the attendants of His majesty; 2 Pet. 1:16); as spoken of the power of the Spirit meaning the power imparted by the Spirit (Luke 4:14; Rom. 15:13, 19); of prophets and apostles as empowered by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:17; 24:49; Acts 1:8 [cf. Acts 2:4]).(D) Spoken of miraculous power, “the mighty power of signs and wonders” (a.t.) means the power of working miracles (Rom. 15:19, explained by the power of the Spirit in the next clause; see Acts 10:38; 1 Cor. 2:4; 2 Cor. 12:12; 2 Thess. 2:9). By metonymy of effect for cause, the pl. dunámeis, powers, is often used for mighty deeds, miracles (Matt. 7:22; 11:20, 21, 23; 13:54, 58; 14:2; Mark 6:2, 5, 14; Luke 10:13; 19:37; Acts 2:22; 8:13; 19:11; 1 Cor. 12:10; 2 Cor. 12:12; Gal. 3:5; Heb. 2:4; Sept.: Job 37:14; Ps. 106:2). The abstract for the concrete, meaning a worker of miracles (1 Cor. 12:28, 29).(E) Spoken of the essential power, true nature or reality of something (Phil. 3:10, “the power of his resurrection”; 2 Tim. 3:5). As opposed to lógos (G3056), speech (1 Cor. 4:19, 20; 1 Thess. 1:5). Metaphorically of language, the power of a word, i.e., meaning, significance (1 Cor. 14:11, “the power of the voice” [a.t.]).(II) Spoken of power as resulting from external sources and circumstances:(A) Power, authority, might (Luke 4:36; 9:1; Acts 3:12; 2 Pet. 2:11; Rev. 13:2; 17:13). Spoken of omnipotent sovereignty as due to God, e.g., in ascriptions (Matt. 6:13; Rev. 4:11; 5:12; 7:12; 11:17; 12:10; 19:1; Sept.: 1 Chr. 29:11). Joined with ónoma (G3686), name (Acts 4:7; 1 Cor. 5:4, meaning warrant). In Rom. 8:38 “powers” stands for persons in authority, the mighty, the powerful ones (see 1 Cor. 15:24; Eph. 1:21; 1 Pet. 3:22; Sept.: Esth. 2:18).(B) With the meaning of number, quantity, abundance, wealth (in Rev. 3:8, a small number of members or perhaps true believers [cf. Rev. 18:3]). Metaphorically for enjoyment, happiness (Heb. 6:5).(C) Of warlike power, meaning force, i.e., host, army (Luke 10:19, over the whole host of Satan [see Luke 10:20]; Sept.: Ex. 14:28; 15:4; 2 Sam. 10:7; 17:25; 20:23). The powers of the heavens means the hosts of heaven, i.e., the sun, moon, and stars (Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:25; Luke 21:26 [cf. Rev. 6:13; Sept.: Is. 34:4; Dan. 8:10]).Deriv.: dunamóō (G1412), to strengthen.Syn.: ischús (G2479), strength, ability, force, somewhat stronger than dúnamis; krátos (G2904), dominion, enduring strength; exousía (G1849), authority; archḗ (G0746), rule, power; megaleiótēs (G3168), majesty; with the meaning of miracle: sēmeíon (G4592), sign, token; téras (G5059), something strange, a marvel, wonder; megaleíon (G3167), a great work; éndoxon (G1741), a glorious work; parádoxon (G3861), a strange work; thaumásion (G2297), a marvelous work; thaúma (G2295), a wonder, marvel; érgon (G2041), work when referring to Christ’s work.Ant.: asthéneia (G0769), feebleness, infirmity, disease.

Jesus want to unlock His power in us too:

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luk 24:49) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Apostolic NT Church examples of this power revealed in His church:

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Cor 2:4-5) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:13) in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. (Rom 15:19)

What did Jesus seek?

Luk 19:10 Seek and save the Lost John 5:30 Jesus did not seek His own will, But God’s Will be done. John 8:50 Jesus did not seek His own glory

What not to seek.

do not seek a sign Mark 8:12do not seek what the gentiles seek Mat 6:32; Luk 12:29 Do not seek the fame of men Gal 1:10 Do not seek the glory of men 1 Thes 2:6

Should we seek His power?

He gave us power to trample over the enemy Luk 10:19; He is the power unto salvation Rom 1:6, the greatest power is the power unto godliness. 2 Pet 1:3 p Matt. 6:19q John 4:14; [Eph. 2:8, 9]r Ps. 2:7; Is. 42:1; Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22; 9:35; John 5:37; Acts 2:22; 2 Pet. 1:17


Die kwaliteit van jou verborge lewe, bepaal jou publieke lewe.

Die gedagte van ‘n lewe van verborgenheid, druis lynryg teen die kultuur en sosiale tendense van ons tyd. Mense wil juis gesien word, ge’like’ word, ‘celebrities’ wees.  Die strewe om minder privaat te wees, en meer openlik te wees is ‘n goeie kant van wat op sosiale media gebeur. Maar die gehalte, en diepte, en waarde van dit wat jy uitgee, word bepaal deur wat in jou hart aangaan, die orde in jou binne wêreld.

‘n Ysberg is ‘n groot stukkie varswater-ys wat van ‘n gletser afbreek en vrylik in oop water dryf. Ongeveer 90% van ‘n ysberg is onder die oppervlak van die water. So word die sigbare 10% van ons lewe bepaal deur die 90% dinge wat ons doen, wat mense nooit sien nie.  Dis hoeveelheid vet wat sigbaar om ons heupe begin sit, word bepaal deur wat ons eet. 😉 Ons oefen program. Ons hoeveelheid TV tyd. is alles bepalend tot of ons gewig optel, en gesond leef. Net so in die gees. Die kwaliteit van ons gebedstyd, tyd in die Woord, intimiteit met die Heilige Gees bepaal of ons geestelike gesag en outoriteit het.

Die kwaliteit van ons karakter word bepaal deur die kwaliteit van ons verborge lewe – die lewe wat ander mense nie sien nie.  

Josef is in gevangenskap voorberei om ’n groot leier te word, hy het as ’n slaaf gewerk en is uiteindelik in die tronk gegooi.  Moses het ’n groot leier geword nadat hy 40 jaar lank in die woestyn as ’n skaapwagter gelewe het.

Too many sounds, appointments and conversations. Too much haste, anger and wanting. Too little silence, joy and power. Koos van der Merwe


Jesus het 90% van Sy lewe in verborgenheid geleef.

Volgens die mees onlangse opgrawings in Israel was daar net sowat 50 huise in die dorpie Nasaret. Die gebied was kleiner as 1,6 hektaar. In  Johannes 1:47 word gevra: Kan daar uit Nasaret iets goeds wees?

Hy het in Sy pa se skrynwerkerswinkel geleer om werk te voltooi (Mark. 6:3).

Hy het deur Sy lyding gehoorsaamheid geleer (Heb. 5:8).

Maar ons verbly ons ook in swaarkry, want ons weet swaarkry lei tot volharding; volharding lei tot ’n egte geloof en egte geloof lei tot hoop (Rom. 5:3, 4).

Toe Jesus deur satan roem, vernaamheid en bekendheid aangebied is, het Hy dit van die hand gewys (Matt. 4:3-9).

Jesus het mense gewaarsku om stil te bly oor Sy werke: Matteus 9:30; 12:16; Markus 1:44; 3:12; 8:30

Joh. 12:36 Dit het Jesus gespreek en Hy het weggegaan en Hom vir hulle verberg.

Joh. 8:59 Hulle het toe klippe opgetel om Hom te stenig; maar Jesus het stilletjies uit die tempel gegaan en tussen hulle deurgeloop; en so het Hy vertrek.

Joh. 11:54 Daarom het Jesus nie meer in die openbaar onder die Jode gewandel nie, maar daarvandaan weggegaan na die streek naby die woestyn, na ’n stad met die naam van Efraim. En daar het Hy vertoef met Sy dissipels.

Lees in Matteus 6:1-8 wat Jesus self gesê het oor vertoonsug en vertonerigheid voor mense.

Jesus het steeds uit die kollig gebly toe Sy broers voorgestel het dat Hy die fees gebruik sodat skares mense Hom kan raaksien (Joh. 7:3-5).


Van al die soogdiere vat mense se kinders die langste om gereed te wees om die wêreld alleen aan te durf – 18 jaar!

Ons kultuur leer ons dat mense wat eenkant lewens leef iets misloop. Moenie te gou beroemd raak of beroemdheid najaag nie – leer eers hoe groot die mag van tevredenheid en nederigheid is. Ons promiveer geensins isolasie agv vrees, woede, seer, of bitterheid nie. Ons praat hier van gesonde eenkant wees. Dis ‘ok’ om nie orals deel te wees nie en in alles saam met die stroom te gaan nie.


Waardeer die onbesonge helde in jou lewe:

Elke belangrike en beroemde persoon het die volle ondersteuning van ’n geliefde, ’n ouer, ’n sekretaresse, ’n assistent, ’n afrigter, wat hulle gehelp het om sukses in die lewe te behaal.



Verder is die koninkryk van die hemele soos ’n skat wat verborge is in die saailand, wat ’n man kry en wegsteek; en uit blydskap daaroor gaan hy en verkoop alles wat hy het, en koop daardie saailand (Matt. 13:44).

Bedink die dinge wat daarbo is, nie wat op die aarde is nie. Want julle het gesterwe, en julle lewe is saam met Christus verborge in God. Wanneer Christus, wat ons lewe is, geopenbaar word, dan sal julle ook saam met Hom in heerlikheid geopenbaar word  (Kol 3:2-4).

Moenie goeie werke doen sodat mense dit raaksien nie. Maar jy, as jy liefdadigheid bewys, laat jou linkerhand nie weet wat die regterhand doen nie, sodat jou liefdadigheid in die verborgene kan wees; en jou Vader wat in die verborgene sien, Hy sal jou in die openbaar vergelde (Matt. 6:1-4).

En wanneer jy bid, moet jy nie wees soos die geveinsdes (skynheiliges) nie; want hulle hou daarvan om in die sinagoges en op die hoeke van die strate te staan en bid, om deur mense gesien te word. Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle dat hulle hul loon weg het. Maar jy, wanneer jy bid, gaan in jou binnekamer, sluit jou deur en bid jou Vader wat in die verborgene is; en jou Vader wat in die verborgene sien, sal jou in die openbaar vergelde (Matt. 6:5-6).

Moenie die aandag na jouself, jou geloof of jou vroomheid trek nie. Maar jy, as jy vas, salf jou hoof en was jou gesig, sodat jy nie die mense laat sien dat jy vas nie, maar jou Vader wat in die verborgene is; en jou Vader wat in die verborgene sien, sal jou in die openbaar vergelde (Matt. 6:17-18).


Die Koninkryk se boodskap is die teenoorgestelde van die wêreld se boodskap

– as jy wil lei, dien die mense

– as jy eerste wil wees, gaan staan laaste

– as jy meer hê, gee meer

– as jy beroemd wil wees, verberg jouself


Selfs Jesus se finale oorwinning was in geheimenis gehul – 2½ dae in die graf (Ef 4:8-10).


Dit is die oorwinnings wat ons in ons verborge lewens behaal wat die mate van ons oorwinning in ons openbare lewe bepaal.

Die dinge wat ons in die geheim reg doen, maak ons wat ons is. Dit word INTEGRITEIT genoem.

Die lofprysing wat ons op ons eie, alleen, na God bring, maak Hom blyer. Dit is waar Dawid geleer het om God te loof en te prys – en hy het ’n man na God se hart geword.

Die dinge wat ons in die geheim perfek maak, dra by tot die absolute grootsheid van die finale produk.


Ons oorkom die verborge dinge wat ons in skaamte gedoen het deur dit na die lig te bring.


Mag die Here se teenwoordigheid die alleen tye, eenkant tye, en privaat worsteling tye van ons lewe vul, en ons harte vervul in ons diepste wese.