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Summary: The reason people who know you aren’t interested in your God may be because you don’t have enough/presence/God/your life.

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“Send the Fire”

Pastor Allan H. Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

March 9

Phil 2:13-16 For it is God who works…..

Time/time/ask one another, “Why can’t I win my friends to the Lord?

• Family members/Co-Workers not interested?

• The answer may shock you in its bluntness

• The truth often hurts.

The reason people who know you aren’t interested in your God may be because you don’t have enough/presence/God/your life.

God’s presence/power/makes everything else crumble comparison.

Without it, you will be just as pale/lifeless/everybody around you.

• w/o power/God in your life

• “Just another somebody” to those around you.

• I was tired of being “another somebody” lost around me.

• “I am going to pursue the power of God in my life.”

Get so close to God, when I walk down/street people/meet Him.

• Don’t see me/ they see God.

• Wouldn’t that be powerful!

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Acts 2:28 “You have made known to me the paths of life: you will fill me with joy in your presence. “

God is working in your life!

• Live in the presence of God, you are naturally joyful.

• You have natural glow because/God’s power/presence in your life.

• You don’t have to act…

• You don’t have to hide myself

• You don’t hide your identity when I come into God’s house

People don’t have to ask you….

• They see…..they feel….

• The presence and power of God.

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2 Timothy 1:7 “God did not give us the spirit of Timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. “

• What are you timid for?

• God is working in your life!

• Proclaim His name above all. Proclaim boldly.

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Do you remember what it was like in your earthly life?

• Dead in all your ways?

• Depression, anxiety, worthlessness, despondency, loneliness, pride, …..

• Where is the God that has delivered you from all these?

• Have you forgotten Him so soon?

• The same God that has delivered you,

• Is waiting for you to respond.

Claim your identity…..your identity/Child of the King.

• To work in His Spirit, not yours.

• God is the same yesterday (when he delivered you)

• as today (when you trust him)

• And forever (when you spend eternity with him).

How can you not be elated with Joy……?

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I. The Spirit’s role is to empower you.

Jesus probably left His disciples flabbergasted when He said,

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).

• Can you imagine the faith to have this?

• Can you believe a person like you could do greater things than the Master?

Ask Peter, who preached/Pentecost Sunday/3000 believed.

• David, sling and 3 stones.

• Elijah raising the widow’s son.

• Daniel in the Lion’s den.

The only difference between you and them……

• Faith! Trust! Obedience! Non-conformity to the world.

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Isn’t it breathtaking to hear Jesus’ brother James said in 4:2 “you do not have, because you do not ask”?

• Ask and you will receive.

• All the blessings, riches, the glory of God.

The key/disciples’ success was not in their abilities and strengths.

• You have none outside of the living God.

• You have no claim to works outside/living God.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”

• The Holy Ghost is what enables you to succeed

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God is able!

• stroll back 3446 years ago right before the Exodus,

• God spoke/Moses/burning bush, “ I am who I am.

• This is what you are to say to the Israelites

• “I am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:13.

Lord didn’t say, “I was or I will be” he says “I am”

• Same God 4000 yrs. Later.

Let’s look at how God is able…..

First: God answers the cry of His people…

Exodus 3:7-8. Says “the Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey”.

• You see God is able and He delivered.

• He does the same for you and I.

Cry out for help--yearning, pleading for Him to show His power and strength and mercy.

• Most/us have cried out/seeked God’s mighty hand/our life.

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