Countless explanations concerning the nature of his thorn in the flesh have been offered, among them chronic problems (such as malaria, migraine headaches, and epilepsy), or perhaps a disability in speech. Forgave sins, cast out demons, Made the dead rise. It is completely different. The gospel is the purpose of His revealing His power through creation. The Creation was a significant manifestation of the power of God, because all He had to do was have Christ, the Spokesman of His Father, say, "Let there be light," and there was light. So when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives He brings with Him the power of God to enable us to serve God in “the power(“strength”) of His might” (Ephesians 6:10). By a powerful act of God, He has imparted in us a principle of new life that has become the governing disposition of our being. Confidence is something more than a dead theory of belief; it is faith in exercise—active faith. As God's children, we carry burdens and know what it is to weep; but we also experience power that transforms sorrow into joy. We do not notice it on a minute by minute basis. Romans 6:19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. The apostle Paul emphasized the power of God living in us through the Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome and develop into His family. Like Abraham, Joshua and the others, we also have a powerful testimony of what God’s presence has done for us: guiding our steps, opening doors, moving obstacles, lifting cares and fears. We can do nothing without the POWER of GOD to change us. Isaiah 30:15 For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: 'In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.'. Now take them one at a time more fully. The universe is dying, and it is only God who can sustain it. It is mysterious, it is miraculous, and it is incomprehensible, but we know the effects, we appreciate the results, and we are aware of the fact that it has taken place. It is not by eloquence, and it is not by philosophy or human reasoning that we receive the message, but by the Spirit, the inspiration and the power of God that opens those things to our minds. We can advance spiritual strengthening by gaining wisdom. World leaders, governments and experts in various fields are seeking for ways to deal with the myriad of problems facing the world today. All he wanted was strength to keep on living for God and magnifying His Word. Or why did Paul not use the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, or the amazing miracles in connection with the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt—the dividing of the Red Sea, and the dividing of the Jordan River? In Ephesians 1, Paul emphasizes that this eternal might and strength of God's power is exerting itself in us and overcoming all obstacles and resistances. What can the person who is dead in sin and under the wrath of God do for himself? I Samuel 30:6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. We must remember that even though we are God's workmanship, God does the work through His limitless might and energy. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul did not want the saints remaining spiritual babies; he wanted them to become spiritually mature. His Word was enough; and He made everything out of nothing. Five glimpses of what became of Jesus after he died. Just before His ascension to heaven, Christ told the apostles. 10:13) 2) The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us (Rom. God uses promises in much the same way, to change us in the present, to give us hope in the midst of despair, to anticipate something greater and better when we have little to base any joy on in the moment. It is amazing to think about how God’s power comes from the same source that God used and uses to do those … Five ways to measure the greatness of God’s power now toward those who believe. INTRODUCTION: *Back in Exodus 15, the Lord had just brought Moses and the Children of Israel safely through the Red Sea. We are not a remake; we are a new creation. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority” (Ephesians 1:19–21). Satan himself desires power above all else. The disposition is the thing that determines how the faculties are to be used. By raising Jesus Christ from death and the grave, God has given us this public demonstration and manifestation that the enemy has been conquered. He looked at it as God storing up goodness to use when it was needed. To the weak human mind, it seems impossible. First, the greatness of the power in and of itself, and second, how we can be sure that this great power is working in us. Rather than removing the problem, God gave Paul grace in it. It can work in us to stamp out temptation. 1:18) Introduction: Our theme for today’s sermon is “the gospel, the power of God”. There is a new power working in him and guiding his faculties. He tells us that God has placed His Spirit with in us. We cannot receive any benefit until something has been done to satisfy the wrath of God, because we were not only dead and a creature of lusts and controlled by the ruler of this world, but were by nature the children of wrath. Both lists address multiple topics concerning the mighty power of God being manifested in the lives and ministries of His people. The third word that appears in the New King James Version and King James Version as "power"really stands for "might"—the might of God, God's own essential might and inherent power. When we turn to Revelation 21 and read of the Lamb in the midst and all the glory, and that outside are dogs and all that is evil, we have our doubts. Because I don’t want any one of you to think that because we believe in the absolute sovereignty of God that that would make us fatalists, uncaring and impractical men, like other religionists who say in the face of disasters, “The will of Allah!” Paul shows us that this cannot be so; he was full … 1:7-10) b. The name of God, Yahweh or Jehovah, refers to the whole Godhead in scripture, which is a topic we will discuss in the lessons on the trinity at the end of this series. We must remember that even though we are God's workmanship, God does the work through His limitless might and energy. Then take this second word "mighty"which stands for "strength"—strength in a very special way. God's power not only surpasses our power of expression, it surpasses our power of comprehension! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!". He has made us alive; and if we are alive we are no longer dead. So Paul continues to help us with an illustration of it. Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. We can advance spiritual strengthening by waiting on God. Even after the great demonstration of God's powerful Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost of the first church era, the apostle Paul found it necessary to encourage the church with regard to the "exceeding greatness of God's power.". Luke 24:46 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. 5. Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion [authority, power] over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." They have not been able … This is why we often find Paul and the other apostles referring to it as "a new creation"—"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.". In other words, life may be full of all kinds of hurts, disappointments, challenges, difficulties, and problems. Also referring to his own preaching, Paul tells the Colossian members: Colossians 1:29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. 20:Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… So, if when we think of the glory and the perfection and the wonder of what is awaiting us, and then feel that we are so unworthy and so weak that we have no hope of enjoying it, here is the answer: The God who is working in us will keep us while still here, and make us fit for the future indescribable glory. God, by His mighty action, puts a new disposition into our mind and heart. How does He do this? .". But if we are Christians that is no longer true; we have been made alivetogether with Christ, the life principle has come in, and we have been, and are being, renewed. , have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches.”. “…His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord”, “in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places”. Paul is very concerned about the Ephesian members (and us as well). The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). As He made His dead Son in the grave alive, He makes us alive spiritually. God used this power to resurrect Jesus from the dead. It will always be totally inadequate, but he tries. What a pity that we plan only... Quote, Power, Faith. Holiness connects you to the holy power of God. When we find ourselves pressured by the enemy, our first response is usually to pray that God will change them, when our best response would be that God would change us and enable us to overcome. Paul says the same thing is true of us, because we are in Christ —"made us alive together with Christ. Please do not get in God's way. World leaders, governments and experts in various fields are seeking for ways to deal with the myriad of problems facing the world today. The Power of HIS CROSS; 3. He prayed for knowledge to be given to the Ephesian members so they could know the power of God that was already working in them. It's God's Word that transforms us from defenceless ordinary people into powerful warriors, armed and dangerous. 2 Timothy 1:7 When God uses His power to call us into His church, we keep the same eyes and we look at the same things that we looked at before, but we do not see them as we used to see them. Peter says that we are “, protected by the power of God through faith, for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”. We have been called to receive the Holy Spirit. But there is no need to be if we really believe the power of God is with us! It can raise us out of any sin. Paul is emphasizing the power of God in us. Jesus Christ shares this power, and members of God's church do too. No one can say for sure what his thorn was, but it probably was a physical affliction of some sort. Paul is speaking of the power of God working in him. The life of the Head goes through the members. The power of God is manifested in Divine intervention and in the whole ordering of the life of the planet on which we stand. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'. Or why did Paul not choose one of these or other similar events; but instead, he chose the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead? It is God's action. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. The psalmist discovered that God's grace was all that he needed. People are by nature destitute of holiness and exposed to destruction. He was actually risking his life to obey the Lord. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. The God of heaven is. May God, by His Spirit, enlighten the eyes of our understanding so that we can begin to comprehend this mighty working of God's power in us! Amen.”. Understanding God's Power In You (5 of 6) Ronnie Floyd Ephesians 1:15-23 INTRODUCTION: Power is a hot word in our generation. The energy of the strength of God's might has already been manifested in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Often God brings trials—he often allows us to be humbled in order for us to experience his power. It is He who is doing this, not we ourselves. The Holy Spirit brought it into their hearts with deep conviction. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But he learned from this experience the lesson that pervades his letter: divine power is best demonstrated against the backdrop of human weaknesses, so that only God is praised. ). And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. This same power is available to us today! Sermon by Rick Crandall. "To make alive," means "to impart life. There is never a moment in life when God has abandoned … The gospel, and the gospel alone does this. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected, through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”, If God sustains His creation, can He not sustain and protect us as His people? And, do we realize that because it has begun it will continue until we find ourselves faultless and blameless, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing in the presence of God in the glory? We can advance spiritual strengthening through: (1) dependence upon God, (2) by having the joy of God, (3) by prayer in accordance with God"s Word, (4) by gaining wisdom, (5) by quietness and confidence in the promises of God, (6) by waiting on God, and (7) by dependence on God's grace. The world as a whole is still cut off. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. It must be one or the other. A better word than "working"would be "energy." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. "You are the body of Christ, and members individually." Dear Lord, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to guide us in the way you want us to go. Wisdom helps us face life stronger. Here are seven things to advance God's strengthening of us: 1. His power is also seen in His mighty acts of salvation which, of course, is the most important power to us. Salvation is the result of God's power at work—in us and through us. That is the first step to seeing and believing God's power. O Hades, where is your victory?" I Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. The Power of HIS PRESENCE. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. He has turned in a different direction. It is the power by which we can develop the holy, righteous, perfect character, which is God's purpose for having put humanity on the earth, so that He could reproduce Himself. Developing maturity in the church members took a lot of work which was extremely tiring. Consider "confidence" as another feature of true Christian character. The power of death and Hades is the power exercised by Satan himself. All these spinning spheres in the heavens are maintained and sustained by God's power; everything is ordered by Him. Principle 2: How we can be sure that this great power is working in us? . Hebrews 2:14-15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. The all-powerful, sovereign God is with us. The secret of Christian joy is to believe what God says in His Word, and act on it. They have not been able … It is not mere static or potential power; energy is power that has been liberated, and is actually working to accomplish something. No human can make himself a Christian; God alone makes Christians. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Sometimes God withholds His strengthening of us until we do something. He would walk in the way of God's truth and avoid the enemy's way of deception. Paul first speaks of energy, a power in action; and then says that it comes from a force that is overwhelming and overpowering, that energetic force comes from the ocean of God's might, which is limitless and infinite. Through God's Holy Spirit, we are … Again, they were all physical things. This is not something that Jehovah’s Witnesses or other people that do not believe in the deity of Christ like. The horse and … •• There is irresistible supernatural power in God's word; it will … Sin and death were defeated with the resurrection! The key was faith in God. Paul is trying to make the Ephesians (and us too) see and realize—that the greatness of God's power is in us, what He is doing is in us. “I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and, only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, , who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. We cannot hope to become alive; we are either alive or else we are dead. Without the power of God in us, the power of death is absolute. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.". It is a perfect analogy of what happens to us spiritually. We Have To Do What It Says. The power of God is the beginning and the end of salvation; everything is of Him and of His power. Obedience produces blessing. 2. 3. The list of distractions that we have is unlimited. What a person in sin needs is not new faculties, but a new disposition. This verse describes God as the Great Ruler and King that has eternal dominion over everything. A person can do all that, and still not be a true Christian. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. I Corinthians 15:54-57 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." But, scripture seems to say that God's power resides in us. Our faith must rest solely on the power of our God to save us from our sin and to deliver us from evil in this world, and to bring us to our home in Heaven. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes”. Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Why is that? Hundreds of years later, Isaiah reminded the doubting Israelites about the same principle. But the rest of the book shows us clearly who the Alpha and Omega is talking about. How can we access the power of God's Word? He can, but there is a condition to it. There are no human words to describe it. And so, mankind has a great deal of God-given power over the earth to care for and properly use it. The apostle Paul emphasized the power of God living in us through the Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome and develop into His family. God attaches a condition to having his presence in our lives. Consider "quietness" of mind. Paul wants us to know that if we have believed in Christ, it did not come from human will power or reasoning. I set out to learn how to have the supernatural power of God flow through me. In Ephesians 1, Paul deals with our problems and our difficulties.
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