Sermon shared by Kevin Cummins
Summary: The consequences when we have a power failure in our Christian lives.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
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ďPower FailuresĒ never come at a convenient time. They usually come in the middle of a good movie that youíve been waiting to watch or youíve really gotten into. I remember one time I was watching a movie that was like four hours long and three and a half hours into the movie the cable company had a power outage. I was so frustrated and I never did find out what happened in the end. If there is ever a good time for a power failure itís when you arenít there to know youíve had one. Obviously if a power failure last long enough it can have some consequences that are not pleasant. I remember when we had the power outage with the tornado that hit a couple of Easters ago. I was beginning to worry about the food in the refrigerator and freezer. Thatís always one of the things you worry about when a power outage seems like itís not going to be a short one. They always tell you to make sure you open your refrigerator and freezer only when necessary during an outage. Of course you have to be careful with your appliances. They advise you to turn off or disconnect appliances that will go on automatically when the power comes back on. Power failures can do some serious damage in some cases. And of course when the old power failure strikes when you are sleeping and you donít know your alarm clock has now been disabled that makes for a crazy morning when you awake. Power failures just arenít a good thing.
Today in our text some of the disciples had a power failure. I believe their power failure brought some negative consequences. This morning we are going to look at those consequences and how they can apply to our lives when we experience a power failure.
To set the stage for our text today, Jesus had been up on the Mountain with James, John and Peter. It was a tremendous time of them experiencing the power of Jesus as He transfigured before them. While they were there Elijah and Moses even made guest appearances. Peter wanted to build shelters for them all and never leave there. As they were coming down the mountain Jesus had told them not to tell anyone about this experience until He had risen from the dead. They still didnít know what that meant. When they got back to the other disciples they were surrounded by a crowd and they were arguing with teachers of the law.
I like the way the book of Mark describes this incident because it gives much more details than the other gospels. Jesus is asking what the argument is about. A man in the crowd, the father of the boy, steps forward and says,
ďI brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of his speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit but they could not.Ē Itís interesting to note that many commentators say the boy symptoms seem to suggest epilepsy. But the scriptures seem to suggest demon possession so Iím going to go with that. Maybe it was demon-induced epilepsy. Jesus responds by saying, ďOh unbelieving generation, how long must I stay with you.Ē I believe Jesusí words here were aimed at his disciples whom he was very disappointed with. Now Jesusí words here seem to suggest that the disciples had a lack of faith. But according to Mark that wasnít the full story. The disciples
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