The scripture says in Acts 2:21, "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." This verse is not just the beginning of faith, it is the whole journey of faith. Calling on the name of Jesus, not just to begin new birth, but to live all of life! There is power in the name...
Ephesians 3:20 says, "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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen" You see, God wants to do great things in your...
For you are all Children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26) The President decided Monday was a good day for a round of golf, and with that the course at Andrews Air Force base was cleared. Any other golfers who wanted to play at Andrews on Monday had...
What are some of the qualities of individuals that you believe hold power? We're all born with a certain level of resources, we're all born with certain capabilities that we have control over. Then for the rest of our lives, in order to gain power, we try to gain more and more resources!...
All those reasons why we can't do this or we can't do that, the truth is, every single one of us who are believers in Jesus Christ can live the message and God can beautifully reveal Himself to the world in ways that are life changing because it is God Himself speaking through us - all you have...
In Matthew 5:5 Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Meekness has to do with the use of power and how we use power, Meekness isn't weakness. The meek are those who use power to serve Gods purposes. Jesus' people know Jesus and they live Jesus. They serve his...
Ephesians 3:20 says, “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.” What would that look like in your home? What would that look like as you let go of some of the woundedness of the past and stood...
For you are all Children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
The President decided Monday was a good day for a round of golf, and with that the course at Andrews Air Force base was cleared. Any other golfers who wanted to play at Andrews on Monday had to scramble to make other plans.
Today, President Obama can clear a golf course. In a few short months the American President will be replaced. Then Obama will hand off his golf course clearing power, as well as an assortment of other presidential power perks, to the next president. Human power: temporary, fleeting, and most certainly unfulfilling.
We have access to an another power plan. A perfect plan that is eternal and unending. Through membership in God’s family we have Jesus power which is found in identity and purpose. Jesus power is much greater and fulfilling than anything that could ever be offered though human power. God’s power is real power.
Do you know your identity? When you looked in the mirror this morning what crossed your mind...
Oh my, is that yet another pimple?
What dreadful bags those are under my eyes!
Is that hair gray?
How could I have done that last night?
(sigh) Yet another long day to get through.
Did it occur to you that you were peering into a mirror that reflected a child of God? Jesus Power--that’s the first and only thought we need when looking at ourselves.
When we are confident in our identity as God’s children, then our purpose is easily defined. It’s not to get the to do list done, make more money, win the “#1 parent” award, or say “yes” to every request. It’s to use our passions in the Kingdom of God.
So take another look, remind yourself that God sees you through his Son, and put into action the things you love to do--while looking to glorify God, your Father in heaven!
What are some of the qualities of individuals that you believe hold power?
We're all born with a certain level of resources, we're all born with certain capabilities that we have control over. Then for the rest of our lives, in order to gain power, we try to gain more and more resources! In fact, history is ripe with examples of this, is it not?
If you think about most wars that have been fought, most wars from a historical perspective in some way shape or form, have been fought over resources. Whether it's water, diamonds, land, gold, it doesn't matter what it is, often times, most wars are fought over resources, because if we want to "gain power," and let's face it, we're human beings, then we've got to acquire more and more resources.
In fact, I think of one of the worst examples in American history is slavery. Slavery was about resources wasn't it? It was about control and it was about the worst form of resources: it was about the control of other human beings actually becoming individuals property. The worst part is that we have more people that are in slavery today than have ever been in slavery before in all of world history because we as human beings think that we can own each other!
The government is always about resources isn't it? Communism was about resources, it's about gathering all of the resources for the people. Imperialism is about gaining all of the resources for the crown. Capitalism is about raising all of the resources and then letting each person own their own resources and then he who gets the most resources wins! No matter how you cut it, the human experience and the first part of the equation of power is about resources.
We always want to get more, we always want to gain more! Our lives are also ripe with examples of that too aren't they? In this thing called life, we're all on this quest to gain more and more resources: the car that we drive, the clothes that we wear, the neighborhoods we live in, they are all about status symbols. Look at me, I've acquired the right type of resources to be able to have the right type of power! We will always find a way to gain power with our resources. We will always find a way to say we're better than you because of what we have.
Once you gather enough resources, you then need to add to that "position." Once you have the resources + the position, then you have this thing called power.
From a young age we have the desire to achieve the next step of power don't we? Then in all of this trying to constantly get to the next step of power, we look back and we say "Oh look, life is gone, now what?" Life has passed you by because there are no more positions to get to. And as a result of always wanting the next position, we come to miss out because positions to hold run out don't they?
This equation of power: Resources + Position = Human Power
This is what we constantly watch everyone try to achieve around us. The problem with gaining power this way is that resources always run out. Resources are unsustainable because we always need more. Resources leak out of our bucket of life. And the problem with gaining power via position, is that every position is temporary.
The problem with human power is that it runs out, and ladies and gentlemen can I just tell you this is why I Iove the life of Jesus! That's why being on the road with Jesus matters so much because as we've walked through the book of Matthew this year, what we've been able to see is that Jesus' life is about what "real power" is supposed to be!
Jesus' life is the ultimate example, in fact, as we've journeyed through Matthew together, we've seen him heal the blind, cure the lame, walk on water. We've seen Him do lots and lots of amazing things, but these are not the things He does that make Him powerful at all -and Jesus understands that.
Matthew 12:15 says, "But Jesus knew what they were planning, so he left that area and many followed Him and He healed all the sick that was among them but he warned them not to reveal who He was." Does that sound like anyone you know running for office right now? It doesn't matter the party and it doesn't matter the person, achieving human power is all about "Look at me!"
If anyone had the right to stand up and say He was incredible, it certainly was Jesus Christ! This humbleness of spirit in Jesus, fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah 42:1 concerning Him, "Look at my servant who I have chosen." God is speaking of Jesus in this way. "He is my beloved who pleases me, I will put my spirit upon Him and He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not fight or shout or raise His voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed, or put out the flickering candle, He will cause justice to be victorious and His name will be the hope of all the world."
After everything you've seen Jesus do, think about this deeply - this is Jesus power!
When you think about Jesus power, what are the words that come to your mind after reading these passages? Would you believe there is a formula for Jesus power? It starts with "Identity" and it looks a whole lot different than the formula for human power!
Human power is Resources + Position. But the formula for Jesus Power starts with "Identity." Jesus starts with the fact that He is the son of God and once you are a child of God, you don't need any resources do you? Every person was created in the image of God but just because that is the case, that does not mean you are the child of God! The first level in the equation of Jesus power is identity! When we have identity as a child of God, we don't need any more resources do we? He's the creator of everything!
There is something about the identity of knowing you are a child of God that will give you more confidence than your resources and position ever will! Jesus didn't only have identity, He had purpose! There was a reason why He was here! There was a reason why He walked planet earth, in fact it tells us what that reason was "I will put my spirit on Him and He will proclaim justice to the nations and His name will be the hope of all the world." (Isaiah 42:1)
He had identity and He had purpose and I can tell you that if you're a child of God, God has put a passion in your heart, He's given you something to do - you have a purpose! -Pastor John B. Smith
All those reasons why we can't do this or we can't do that, the truth is, every single one of us who are believers in Jesus Christ can live the message and God can beautifully reveal Himself to the world in ways that are life changing because it is God Himself speaking through us - all you have to do is let it happen!
The Kingdom has come, but it's still in the process and we still live in a broken world, and so you will be opposed, but the truth is that you will also be blessed with the clarity to reveal the message.
In Matthew 10:19-20, Jesus went on to say "When they arrest you , don't worry about what you will say or how you will say it, at that time it will be given to you what to say" and I love verse 20 of Matthew 10, "For it will not be you speaking but the spirit of your Father living and speaking through you."
If you think you're all that and you've got all that, then there's no room for God in you!
But, if you're broken and your on your knees and you say "God I'm empty," then you're in a perfect place to live all of your life with God filling you up with living water and you'll be splashing life on people for the rest of your life! We as the body of Christ are called to live the message of Jesus at any cost and we are to live the whole message!
Here's what I want you to do, to live the message creatively given all you've been given no matter how small it seems to you! You may think you've got nothing and that there's no way you can make a radical difference in this world and I'm just telling you you're wrong! It's our weakness that reveals the strength and power of God! -Dr. Drew Shofner