Summary: In order for you to experience the fullness of Christ in your life you must decrease so He can increase.
July 22, 2012
Text: Colossians 2:8-10
Subject: The Fullness of Being In Christ
As we move forward in our Year of the Harvest Revival I have to tell you that I am finding out more about my own faith than I ever have before. I am really being challenged in some areas and I am digging deeper into the word of God to see where this revival is going to take me personally. I cannot open the bible anymore without seeing something that is an advantage to me if I will just accept it at face value and not try to put any theological spin on it.
Sometimes I think that those who have Bible training are at a disadvantage. For those of us who have taken bible classes, we have generations of believers who have studied the original languages and the history of Bible times and they can tell us what certain passages mean and what they don’t mean. The truth is that almost every commentary that has ever been written has been written with a preconceived bias from a theological standpoint. For instance, reformed theologians will tell you that God has predestined things to happen and no amount of prayer can change God’s mind – that if something happens in your favor after you pray, it is because it was going to happen that way anyhow. Ammilenialists look at end-times scriptures from a preconceived notion that the rapture and the millennial reign of Christ are only a figment of someone’s recent imagination. Still others say that miracles and healing and the gifts of the Spirit are not for today.
Listen to me. I know that those “theologians” are a whole lot smarter than I am. I know they have years of study behind them with doctorate degrees and they have it all figured out. But they are not in a revival that proves God’s Word to be true and we are. They aren’t experiencing the manifestations of the Spirit – we are. They are relying on the knowledge – we are responding to revelation.
I have been praying, “Lord, how do we get to the place where we see more miracles, more healings, more manifestations of the Spirit?” And the answer is that if we are going to be more, do more or experience more, we have to be less. In John 3 and verse 30 we read a profound statement from John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Turn with me to Colossians 2 verse 8-10, 8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
I believe this is God’s Word…
I believe it is for me…
I accept it as mine…
And I appropriate it to my life today…
We are going to look at three things this morning to help us see what must happen for this revival to continue for the years to come. 1) The source of your understanding… 2) the source of your faith… 3) the source of your authority… the key to all of these is the source.