Summary: God desires that you live and continue His work in HIs power.
October 17, 2010
Text: Colossians 1:11
Subject: What God Wants
Title: He’s All the Power You Need
Today we move on in our series, “What God Wants”. If you have missed out on any of the sermons you can catch up on our website or God to sermoncentral.com and type in my name and then search for the series title “What God Wants” to read all sermons.
This series title asks the question, “What does God want for your life?” You know I spend a lot of time from the pulpit telling you about who you are in Christ, and the authority you have in Him. Maybe I have done so to the point where I have you thinking in a direction we need to correct. You see if you are thinking about who you are and what you can do and what you can receive from God without considering what He wants for your life then we are missing an important point. God wants the best for us but the reason HE wants the best is that HE might be glorified in our lives. My fear is that we get a little off track thinking about MY authority, MY promises, MY healing, MY blessings, MY ministry… when our total focus should be simply on God and nothing else.
Now, having said that, we know that God wants us to have good things. He wants us to have all His promises; all the benefits of a life lived in Him. The reason that HE wants that for us is that it is in our receiving, His character – His power, His mercy, His love, His justice, His eternal nature… - are revealed through us.
Today we want to focus on the third thing that we see that God wants for us according to Colossians 1:11… being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…
What does God want for you today? He wants you to be strengthened with His power… And He is all the power you need.
Lord, help us to understand Your word today and to see that the things You want for us will bring glory to Your Name. Help us to apply to our lives what we hear today so the whole world will know that there is a great God who cares enough about His people to empower them with His mighty power…
As we begin today I want you to see just exactly what God wants for us here. People might ask, “Why are we focusing so much on this? It was just what Paul wanted for the church and not what God wanted.” This is part of Paul’s prayer for the church that is taken from Colossians 1, but if the Holy Spirit wanted it recorded in the scriptures we can only consider that it is what God wants for us as well.
I want to progress through this a little differently than I normally would on a Sunday Morning. Today I want to be more of a teacher as we would on Wednesday night instead of just preaching at you.
First of all lets look at the verse again. As a matter of fact let’s go back and read from verse 9, 9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…