Oct 232017
 

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” For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17).

There is explosive power in the message of the gospel-
– because Paul says, “It it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

The word “power” that Paul used in this verse originates from the Greek word, dunamis.

It is the same word Jesus used in Acts 1:8:
” ‘ But you will receive power (dunamis) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses ‘” (Act 1:8).

The English words “dynamic,” “dynamo,” and “dynamite” also have been translated from this word, dunamis.

Paul was saying that the very message of the gospel is the dynamite of God.
It is the dynamic of God.
It is explosive evangel!

We often underestimate-
– the raw power of the gospel in reaching even the most hardened heart.

We think we need to add to it, gloss it over, or even complicate it.

But there is distinct power in the simple message of the life, words, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Don’t underestimate its appeal.
Don’t be ashamed of its simplicity.
Don’t add to it or take away from it.

Just proclaim it.
And then stand back and watch what God will do.

As Paul said, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

The gospel is a simple message, one that we in the church have heard time and time again.

But we should never underestimate its power.

(PA)

Aug 032017
 

“Then they were all amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” Mark 1:27.

The uniformed guards snapped to attention.

As the senior officer barked commands, they completed their drill.

The officer didn’t beg or plead for cooperation.
He didn’t say, “Please.”

He gave orders with total confidence in his authority and the men’s obedience.

The synagogue crowd in Capernaum was familiar with authority figures.
Roman officials ruled Galilee, and Jewish scribes taught God’s laws.

However, the crowd was astonished when they saw the scope of Jesus’ authority.

As Jesus taught the Scriptures, a demon-possessed man cried out.

Christ spoke only a few words:
“Hold thy peace, and come out of him.”
The demon fled screaming.

Christ’s words carry power because He speaks with God’s full authority.
If Christ rules over demonic spirits, then no problem is outside His reach.

Where would you like to see His authority demonstrated in your life today?

(PA)

Jul 132017
 

The Lord wants our undivided attention!

He will shake our world–both literally and figuratively–in order to get it.

The Old Testament records that to capture mankind’s interest-
God moved heaven and earth.
Mt. Sinai quaked before Moses received the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:18-19).
God also told Judah He would rattle the world (figuratively) by overthrowing kingdoms, armies, and nations (Haggai 2:20-22).

God shook things up in New Testament times as well.
At the crucifixion, an earthquake signaled destruction of the old way of life and establishment of a new covenant (Matthew 27:51).
Shortly afterward, a group of believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and the ground trembled again (Acts 4:31).

But geological and societal turmoil aren’t simply tactics of the past.
God still shakes the world today.
Every nation on earth “trembles” with concerns about the environment, health, famine, and its economy.
And current issues are but a fraction of the disasters and epidemics that will take place during the Tribulation.
At that time, judgments of all kinds will be unleashed on the earth in order to get people’s attention.

The Lord is sending the world a message:
Mankind is not in control.
Because He loves us, our Father will remove anything we’ve trusted instead of Him-
– until we ultimately seek security only in our unshakable God.

Does the Lord have your attention?

Don’t wait for Him to take drastic measures.

Let us give Him our undivided attention each day.

(PA)

Jun 132017
 

“Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9-10)

Once you make up your mind to keep the commands of Jesus,

– and begin to allow the Word to dwell in you richly-

– the Name of Jesus will become far more powerful to you.

It will become more than just a word.

It will become a force that will cause every circumstance and every demon that tries to stand in your way to bow its knee to your command.

The Name of Jesus works!

There is far greater power in it than any of us have yet realized.

Your faith should be set on the authority of the Name of Jesus that-

– when you just say, “In the Name of Jesus” and the power of God will come on the scene.

The Name of Jesus–just the Name alone–

– is effective when spoken by a Word-abiding believer.

Revelation 19:13 says the Name of Jesus is the Word of God!

So, when the devil is trying to bring any trouble or any garbage into my life-

– I don’t have to quote every scripture I know to stop him.

I can just point my finger at him and say, “Jesus!”

That’s like throwing the whole Word of God in his face at one time!

Discover for yourself what the highly exalted Name can do.

Begin to speak it with confidence and authority.

There is power in the Name of Jesus!

(PA)

May 252017
 

“For He has put all things under His feet. But when He said all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him.” (1 Corinthians 15:27).

God has given us kingdom authority! Jesus said: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

When problems get over your head- Remember they are under His feet! You need not be discouraged when troubles strike. It is the pathway your Saviour has walked before you. It is the way of the cross! And He has won the victory!!

Write down the hardest thing you’re having to deal with now! Put that paper on the floor. Look down on it. Now you have a glimpse of God’s vantage point over the problems in your life!

“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen” (Romans 16:20).

(PA)