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What Stan Lee Did For Superheroes

Weakness Power Humility

Source: https://moviepilot.com/posts/3597411

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Contributed By: D A | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:10

Author: Alex Hodgson / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Stan Lee, the head of Marvel Comics changed the game for superheroes when he decided to make them flawed and have weaknesses instead of being God-like. People took to it because they could relate to them in a way they couldn't with Superman. A great article on Stan Lee describes this story. 

APPLICATION

From Moses striking the stone in anger, to David's tryst with Bathsheba, the Bible presents God's people as flawed individuals who trust in a flawless God.  As such, they are examples with whom we can relate.

How about you? Are you humble about your flaws and shortcomings? 

"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10). 

The Power Of The Locomotive

Power Followership Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Neal Letteney | Date Posted: 2016-05-27

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1 ; Matthew 7:15

Author: Neal Letteney
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ILLUSTRATION

The power of a locomotive boggles the mind. Some trains are more than TWO MILES in length, yet the locomotive can pull these cars across the entire country – loaded with coal and oil and lumber and ore and manufactured goods and all manner of heavy cargo. And they pull them up steep inclines, through mountain passes, and over all manner of terrain. It seems as though nothing could stop them. The combination of the sheer power of the locomotive and the focus of placing that strength upon two narrow rails results in a mechanism that can accomplish tremendous things.

But do you know what can render a locomotive completely ineffective? It’s easy – simply remove it from its tracks. Despite its great power, if the train’s engine is not on the tracks, it will be unable to move the train (or even itself) a single inch! Unless it is returned to its tracks, it will never accomplish the purpose for which it is intended.

APPLICATION

So it is with those of us who follow Christ. God has filled us with the power of the Holy Spirit, and has equipped us to accomplish amazing things for His kingdom. But unless we remain “on the tracks,” we will become completely powerless. We must be on guard for anything with the potential to derail us and thus remove us from our God-appointed mission.

"Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons" (1 Timothy 4:1).

I May Be Small, But God Is Backing Me Up

Power Success Boldness

Contributed By: Roger Teal | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Judges 6:12 ; 2 Corinthians 12:10

Author: Roger Teal
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ILLUSTRATION

When God came to Gideon, He called him a warrior. Gideon didn't see himself as a warrior. In fact, he said he was from the weakest clan and he was the least of his clan. Gideon also questioned God's ability to work in his life. He wanted to know why God had abandoned them. He wanted to know where all the wonders were that his fathers had told him about.

APPLICATION

Many people are just like Gideon. They see themselves as weak and of little value. They often ask "Why did this happen to me?" or "Where was God when I needed him?" But God didn't see him as weak or of little value. God called him a warrior.

Never underestimate something because it seems to be small. David's bothers underestimated him, but the guy who underestimated him the most was Goliath, and he lost his life.

How can something or someone so small be so powerful? 

It's like the movie Lion King  when Simba was a Cub and the hyenas had him cornered. When he roared, they laughed at him. So he roared again, only this time they cower down and whimper. Why? Because Simba had someone backing him up--when he roared, Mufasa roared behind him. 

It doesn't matter how small or weak you are, as long as you have someone big and strong backing you up. Gideon was a warrior because God had his back.    

"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).

The Ways of Power and Influence

Giving Power Obligation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-25

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Assume a Power Pose

Power Meekness Confidence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6 ; Matthew 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Power's Limitation

Power Love (Divine) Free Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-15

Scripture: John 13:35

Author: Philip Yancey
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Cower Power

Meekness Sanctification Power

Contributed By: Matt Egerdahl | Date Posted: 2012-10-04

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Unknown
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Loving Leaders and Leading Lovers

Fatherhood Motherhood Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-06-16

Author: Marlin Howe
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Maximus the Meek

Meekness Power Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-26

Scripture: Matthew 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Power In A Can?

Power Grace God's Power

Contributed By: Wes Golden | Date Posted: 2011-01-15

Scripture: Philippians 4:13 ; 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Wes Golden
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