To be empowered by the Spirit of God is to embrace humility, self denial, generosity and sacrifice; things that are eternal. In many ways, power within the kingdom of God contrasts that which our world sees as powerful or power-giving. Our natural tendency is to gravitate towards the world's perception of power, which is always focused on self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and the preoccupation with things that we can see, taste and handle. The indwelling presence of God in our lives speaks to a different kind of power - it is the voice that says, 'deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Jesus'. It is not easy; it is not glamorous; but if we listen and obey the indwelling voice of God, we can live with an internal sense of quiet confidence in God Himself.