Friday, July 6, 2012

We Always Need God's Power

We Always Need God’s Power

The Christian who neglects the Holy Spirit is like a lamp that's not plugged in.

    “The sufferings brought by the heat, or cold, or any other inconvenience, the heavy weight of grief or sorrow, may be considered as the eternal decrees of Providence which sends suffering for your own good and proportions it to your strength. In this way, God’s fatherly love and tenderness for you will become evident. It is apparent in the opportunities that He gives you to serve Him in the way that is most pleasing to Him.”  Lorenzo

    1. The world runs on POWER.

    Some like the JWs teach that the Holy Spirit is “just a power like electricity.”  The recent power outage shows us how much we NEED the POWER.  The same is true in the church.

    “...having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”  2 Tim 3:5

    The form and power of  godliness are a package deal.  We normally do not have form of godliness without the power.  Outward forms may be carried on doctrinally but be without power or conviction.  As faith without works is a form without substance, just so is religion without power.  This is a stern warning to us who are committed to proper form. 

    “Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.”  1 Thess 5:16-22

    God The Holy Spirit is to be actively present in the life of the church.  Note Stephen.  "You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.”  Acts 7:51 

    2. Spiritual power is God’s Promise.

    Campbell spoke of: Jehovah the Father, Jehovah the Son, Jehovah the Holy Spirit.  God is One, a united one (echad).  [The Christian System]

    “And while more than 150 specific works of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in the NT, let’s not forget that without the Spirit there could be no Bible - OT or NT.  Kendall declares that the greatest work is the Bible itself, having inspired those who wrote it (2 Peter 1:20-21).”  J.Taylor

It is the Spirit’s Bible.

Copyright every word.

Only His thoughts are uttered.

Only His voice is heard.

    “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."  Luke 24:49

    “For thine is the kingdom, and the POWER, and the glory forever.  Amen.”  Matt. 6:13

    3. Spirit Power For Christian Living.

    Note Paul.  “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27

    Therefore, honor The Spirit by asking Him (God) to help you fall out of (worldly) fear and into love with Him.  He is your Comforter/Helper, Guide, Enabler, Renewer, Refresher.

    “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:17-19

    “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”  James 5:10-11

    “While I may stand at the coffin of my first wife and doubt the love of God, it is impossible for me to do so when I’m kneeling at the foot of the cross.”  J.M.Hicks

    Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.” Psalms 116:15

Thursday, July 5, 2012


The Journey Home

        “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

Come home, come home,

It's supper time,

The shadows lengthen fast.

Come home, come home,

It's supper time,

We're going home at last.

[from old song]

        In the Parable of the Sower, thorns and thistles - the cares of life - overcame some.  But all can be refreshed by the Holy Spirit of God. 

        “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” Acts 3:19

        “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”  John 6:37

        “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."  John 6:40

        1. Jesus taught parables to show God’s love and call to us.

        “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”  John 8:35-36

        Our world of Time is “on the job training for Eternity.”  Zion’s Call rings out through the world.

        “It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.”  John 6:45

        2. The lost son journeys home.

        The father runs out to meet the lost son who is bringing himself back home.  God ran to meet us by sending the Eternal Word as Jesus the Human One (Son of God).

        “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

        “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,”  1 Peter 3:18

        “It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found."  Luke 15:32

        3. God forgives us.

        The prodigal is the Gentile world.  The older brother is the Jews.  God loves them both.

        "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." Luke 7:41-43

        In this parable our Lord means: by the creditor, GOD, and, by the two debtors, Simon and the woman who was present. Simon, as a Pharisee, is the debtor who owed only fifty denarii. The woman, is the debtor who owed five hundred denarii. Both were insolvent (could not pay).  Simon, the religious Pharisee, could no more pay his fifty to God than this poor woman her five hundred.  And, if both were not freely forgiven by God’s mercy, both must finally perish. Having NOTHING to PAY, he kindly FORGAVE them both.

        “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate [paraclete] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”  1 John 2:1-2

        “The Father, by raising Him from the dead, and setting Him at His own right hand, has once for all accepted Christ's claim for us. Therefore the accuser's charges against God's children are vain. "The righteousness of Christ stands on our side; for God's righteousness is, in Jesus Christ, ours" [LUTHER].  —Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary