1 John 3:8

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”- 1 John 3:8 (NKJV)

God’s one purpose for sending His only Son to earth is wrapped up in Calvary.
And when we take away or diminish Calvary, we take away and diminish His purpose for humanity.

When we take away and diminish the Cross, we render the Cross “barely able.”
My friend, I want you to know, that there is nothing “barely able” about the Cross.

Jesus was not barely crucified. Instead He was wholly, cruelly and brutally murdered on that Cross, so that He who knew no sin was MADE to know the fullness of our sins.

And then God, by His Spirit was not barely able to raise Him back to life. Instead, by the full might of God He was resurrected with such force and power that He completely and utterly defied and conquered death, hell and the grave!

Because of what Jesus accomplished, the good news is that there is nothing barely able about you and me.

Instead we are more than able to do all things because of that same Spirit that indwells you and me.

We are more than able to share God’s love with others.
We are more than able to pray for the sick and see them healed.
We are more than able to take that position in the corporate world and succeed. 
We are more than able to be that parent that God called us to be.
We are more than able to prosper, so we in turn can be a blessing to others.
We are more than able to win others to Jesus and see them discipled for the Lord.
We can because we are more then able through Christ!

John 14:12

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father."            John 14:12 (NKJV)

It is very clear from this verse that we are to do the same works that Jesus did whilst on this earth.And what exactly did Jesus do? He preached, He taught, He healed the sick and He delivered people from the oppression of the devil.

Jesus is our example, and He, forever, will be our example. We emulate Him and do as He did in all things.

But how did Jesus do all of this? By the enabling power of the Holy Ghost!

You will remember that at the river Jordan, not only was He water baptized and affirmed by the Father, but He also received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

And because of this, He was able to confront and overwhelm the powers of darkness during His time in the wilderness.

I do believe with all my heart that the only way we can do the works of Jesus and even “greater” works, is by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

If Jesus needed the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, then how much more you and I?

 

 

 

 

Acts 6:8

"And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people" - Acts 6:8 (NKJV)

I always enjoy reading about Stephen especially when it comes to this one verse.
I think it’s because he was just an ordinary man, who had been chosen to serve in the church.
And yet what a powerful ministry he had.

He was a man full of faith and power and his life was a living manifestation of signs, wonders and miracles!

The God-kind of faith will always translate into the power of God resulting in the lost being saved, the sick being healed and people being delivered and set free from the powers of darkness.

And without a doubt, this is the kind of gospel that the world needs today.

The point I want to make is, that your faith and God’s power are inextricable linked.
And when you know this, there can be no limit to what God’s power can do in and through your life.

If God could use a man like Stephen to demonstrate His power, then He can use you.

1 Thessalonians 1:5

“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance…” -  1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NKJV)

There can be no doubt whatsoever that the gospel is a gospel of power.
From Genesis to Revelation, time and time again, we see the power of God manifested throughout the Scriptures.

We do humanity a disservice when we preach a powerless gospel.
And the reason we do this is because we don’t want to offend. 
If you don’t want to offend, then don’t preach the truth.
But it is the truth that we must preach for it is the truth that sets people free.

Jesus came to this earth as a human being and as a human being, He was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and in that same power he went about setting the captives free.
Now that same power indwells you and me.
And God allowed you to experience His power so that you, in turn, can allow others to experience that same power!

Matthew 14:28–29

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. - Matthew 14:28–29 (NKJV)

I do believe that every believer’s life is marked by windows of opportunity that demand they take radical steps of faith in order to accomplish the purposes of God for their lives.
And the thing that makes those steps radical is that they invariably involve significant risk.

Where there is no risk, there can be no faith.
And where there is no faith, there can be no real manifestation of the power of God.

Peter was given such a window of opportunity that it demanded he take a radical step of faith that involved significant risk.

And when he did, his risk-taking faith encountered the supernatural power of God that allowed him to defy the odds and walk upon the water.

And likewise today, every person’s life that is greatly used by God and who experiences the supernatural power of God, takes great risks!

Psalm 116:9

“I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living.” 
- Psalm 116:9 (NKJV)

You and I were created for fellowship with God! 

It is obvious when we consider that the first person that Adam saw after he’d been created and opened his eyes was God.

Jesus reinforces this fact when he repeats several times in the gospel of John chapter 15 that we are to abide in Him and He in us.

That word “abide” means to stay, to linger, to remain, day in and day out, not out of duty nor compulsion, but because of our love for Him and our desire to be in His presence. This abiding will produce a life that will absolutely overflow.

And isn’t it an amazing thing, that when our walk with God is good then every other area of our lives is good too.

Mark 5: 25-27

"Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. "
- Mark 5: 25-27 (NKJV)

This woman with the issue of blood, had a flow, but it was the wrong kind of flow.
It was a flow that brought shame, embarrassment and condemnation, not to mention the sickness too. And to make matters worse, it was a flow that brought financial disaster, resulting in lack and poverty.


It is possible, with everything that is happening around the world, to get into the “wrong” kind of a flow resulting in the very same things that happened to this woman.

But when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, it was a point of contact for her faith to connect with the right flow.


And when she did, it brought a complete turnaround of her situation

Genesis 2:7

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.” - Genesis 2:7 (NKJV)

When God breathed the breath of life into man, he became a living “flowing” being.
It is impossible to know God and His word and not know that you and I were created to flow.

In fact, everything in life was created to flow and it is the type and nature of the flow that will determine the characteristics of these things.

God created your spirit man to flow like a river and His heart is for every one of us to flow with His Spirit.

Think of what would happen, if every day we began our day by yielding to the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Imagine what God could do, if you allowed heaven to flow through you?
I believe the possibilities would be endless!

Pass it On

“…For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers…" - ACTS 13:36
“…But the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits." - DANIEL 11:32  

Throughout the Bible God always uses one generation to touch another. David served his generation and the next generation and was the greatest king ever known. We have only this day to serve this generation. God is seeking fathers and mothers who will serve the next generation and has called us to be His revolutionaries. We are in a divine relay race. A relay race is not necessarily won by the fastest team but by the team passing the  baton correctly. The runner ahead being given the baton has to keep their eyes on their lane. The runner passing the baton tells the next runner when to go. There is an assigned placing for you, you are part of a team, every team member is vital and important. You were created for this generation, whatever has been imparted to you, be it love , faith or purpose, PASS IT ON.  Wherever we are, we have been called to impart to the next generation. It's time for men and women of God to impart the possibility of miracles taking place.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

If Joshua was to take the people of Israel across the Jordan River and into their promised land, there could be no alternative.

It involved a choice of their will- they either acted with courage, or they missed their blessing.

And one of the ways in which courage is built in us, is by meditating in God’s Word.

Today, you and I are faced with two choices; we either look at our circumstances and begin to cringe and cry or we choose by an act of our will, to meditate in His Word day and night.

I promise you, courage will rise up in your heart and give you the victory you need.

Matthew 16:18-19

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 
Matthew 16:18–19 (NKJV)

Despite all that the Church has been through, I do believe that the Church’s finest hour is now.


Many have been led to believe that she has been out maneuvered, outplayed and outwitted, but this is her finest hour. And everything that was prophesied about her, throughout the entire Bible, is surely coming to pass.

Jesus said that He would build His church and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it.


The Church is the plan and purpose of God and if He is building His church, then it is impossible for her to fail.

You and I are part of that Church and it is impossible for us to fail.


This is our finest hour, to do what God has called us to do.


We have this awesome opportunity before us and what we must do; we must act now and do it now!

 

Matthew 8:5-7

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 
saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
 - Matthew 8:5-7 (NKJV) 

In Bible days, Roman centurions were notable and reputable men, who were expected to lead by example and were known for their formidable courage on the battlefield.

What I like about this particular Roman centurion was that he recognized the need of his servant and so he came to Jesus.

What’s more, he came pleading!

And it’s one thing to plead for yourself, or your spouse or a family member, but to plead for your servant is another.

This man didn’t allow his social standing to stop him from coming to God.

Instead, he got rid of his pride and his reputation and came straight to the source - Jesus.

I want to encourage you today.

What is it that you need from God?

Well, whatever it is, how you come will inevitably determine whether you receive anything or not.
You can come to God with a heart full of doubt and unbelief and you’ll receive nothing.

Or you can come earnestly with a heart full of faith and expectancy, losing sight of who you are, and you will receive.

Matthew 15:23-27

But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 
Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 
And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (Matthew 15:23-27 NKJV).


God has given to each one of us a measure of faith, with which we can change our world.
But make no mistake; your faith will be tested.
It may be ignored, denied and even insulted, yet the God-kind of faith never ever gives up.
Instead, it will hold on to every God-given promise until what was spoken and declared with the mouth, is not only seen with the eyes, but also manifested in the flesh.

Matthew 15:28

"Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour". - Matthew 15:28 NKJV
Despite all the problems she was experiencing, this woman heard about Jesus and when she did, faith rose up in her heart bringing about a change in her life.
It doesn’t matter how hard your life has been or the many challenges that you have been through.
Hearing about Jesus and choosing to respond, can bring a change!