Summary: We prefer full over empty! Jesus says He came that we might have abundant (full) life. Do we? Do we even know what we should be full of?
Pt. 7 - Power Full
Are you full? If so, what are you full of? Your "fullness" will determine what overflows to every area of your life. And yet the truth is that if we find ourselves closer to the "e" than the "f" we are in the majority. In a recent study of 1,000 churches and the spiritual growth of their congregation the researchers discovered that only 11% (or in other words 1 out of 10) would say they are compelled by their faith to love God and love others! 89% in the wilderness. Saved? Yes. Full? No! Emptiness reigns in the church community. However, I want to remind you and challenge you that God does intend for us to be full! I am going to continue to read these because they are promises that we must allow to come to life in our spirit - not just for my neighbor but for me.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that _________ (insert your name) may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance - to the full, till it overflows. (Amplified Version)
You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When _________ (insert name) came to him, that fullness comes together for _________ (insert name), too. His power extends over everything.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.
The accurate and mature understanding is knowing that salvation was only part of the picture. He came to save but He also came to enable us to experience fullness in life!
So I want to clearly state for us some of the things that should fill us so that we are able to experience this fullness that Jesus came to give us.
I have declared that we must be thank full, purpose full, grace full, prayer full, and faith full. I want us to continue on this path to fullness. Today will require you to be truth full about your own spiritual life. It may be the most challenging of these messages not because Scripture doesn't back this level of fullness that I will call you to today. Rather we have become so incredibly comfortable with living empty of this level of life that we have grown tolerant of excuses and given ourselves exemptions in this area. Even though we read the New Testament which is full of accounts of fullness we embrace emptiness because we also know that with great power comes great responsibility and we don't want the responsibility. However, how many parents in the room know that just because you act like you are not responsible doesn't mean you aren't held accountable for that responsibility? We need to talk about this because we are accountable for this! It is time to push for and fight for this level of fullness in spite of our own doubts and excuses.
John 14:11-14 (Message)
"Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can't believe that, believe what you see - these works. (Interesting Jesus validates who He was by what He did.) The person who trusts me will not only do what I'm doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I've been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I'll do it. That's how the Father will be seen for who He is in the Son. (Wait a minute read that line again. How will the Father be seen?) I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I'll do.
Acts 5:14-16 (TLB)
And more and more believers were added to the Lord, (Why?) crowds both of men and women. Sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow would fall across some of them as he went by! And crowds came in from the Jerusalem suburbs, bringing their sick folk and those possessed by demons; and every one of them was healed.
Jesus declares and the disciples prove that if we are living at the level that Christ promised, then we will be power full!
We have become way to tolerant of powerlessness in our life. The real dilemma is found in this question . . .
You can't lead people to an omnipotent God if you are living an impenitent life! Our powerlessness is a misleading and overwhelming testimony about the God of power and our identity.