Summary: To do the works Jesus did, we have to have the power Jesus had (and we do)
During the course of a week there were probably hundreds and likely thousands that passed this lame man on their way into the temple, and most of them were probably true believers who loved and worshiped God and most likely everyone on them had some kind of experience of what God had done for them, and the difference Jesus made in their lives.
And no one could talk them out of it.
I wonder is there anyone in this house, or under the sound of my voice that has an experience and you know it.
If I were to have a testimony service right now, do you have anything to say that could encourage someone else to believe God?
*Somebody here knows it was a miracle to walk away from that car wreck, they said no one should have survived it, but here you are.
*Somebody else knows that you had enough drugs in your system to kill an elephant, and you should be dead, or worse, strung out in some mental hospital not even knowing your name or how to tie your shoes and now here you are saved sanctified and filled with the Holy ghost and fire.
*Somebody else might want to testify how God restored their marriage, or how God brought their prodigal home.
Then Iâ€™m sure someone would want to tell how the doctors had done everything they could do and finally gave up, and doctor Jesus took your case and did a miracle.
I donâ€™t care how long youâ€™ve been saved, if youâ€™ve been wrestled out of the hands of the devil, and washed in the blood of Jesus and transplanted out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. (You have got a testimony, you have got an experience).
And Many of these people may have stopped from time to time and shared an exciting testimony and personal experience with him, but when the testimony was done they went on into the temple and left this man in the same condition he was when they found him.
Why? : Because the testimony was not enough ( the experience was good) But there has to be more than experience, There has to be some POWER
Mat 28:18 All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth
Lu 9:1 Then he called his 12 disciples together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases.
Mat 10:8 Heal the sick cleanse the lepers raise the dead cast out devils.
(And they went and did it with a Loan from the Holy Ghost Power Company)
Then one day Jesus said: I am going away, I have to leave you but when I go the power will go to, and I canâ€™t expect you to my work with no power.
So he tells them to Tarry in Jerusalem till ye be endued with POWER from on High.
Then he tells them in Acts 1:8 Ye shall receive POWER after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.
What Jesus is Saying is : I am going away but when I go the power goes with me, so Iâ€™m going to send (not) just a loan from the power company, but Iâ€™m going to send the power company to live inside of everyone of you that believes my Word.
And every single one of you will have an Onboard Generator.
When Peter and John came walking through that day they had just left the board meeting of heaven, where the power of the Holy Ghost came like cloven tongues of fire and rushing mighty wind and filled them up till they couldnâ€™t contain it.
They didnâ€™t just have a testimony of an experience they had a manifestation
In other words they didnâ€™t just tell him the great thing that had happened to them, they recognized that they had the POWER and they MANIFESTED the POWER of God toward him.
They channeled Gods Power into his life:
Tell your neighbor ( Send it my way)
What was the difference?
Most of those people like the majority of the church today knew they had an experience, something had happened to them, and they were like battery (they could hold a charge)
They could retain their experience ( it was real and it was good) and they could to tell someone about it, but that was as far as their faith would take them.
But Peter and John had gone to another level:
I wish I had a few people in here who were ready to go to another level, I wish I had somebody in here who was sick and tired of the same O same O.
Somebodyâ€™s sick and tired of the same old level in your finances, Somebodyâ€™s tired of the same old level in your relationships, somebodyâ€™s tired of the same old level of the anointing.