Summary: When we get away from the source of our power we become weak, getting back to the source.
The Power of Christ Have you ever determined in your mind why the disciples of Jesus ,were able to preform such miricals and the Christian today cant, let look at the Power of Christ. Sermon based on the scriptures of Acts 1;7-8, but ye shall receive power.... How many know about power transmission of electricity ? Electricity is produced at a power plant or station and sent thru the high tension lines to sub stations that boost the current and distribute the power to the rest of us, the further you get away from the source, the weaker the power. At that time a different connection is made from a different source. The Bible states clearly that God is our source and supply. Christians have ,over the last 2,000 years, been getting away from the source of their power. In scripture people were healed by ,the very shadow of the disciples falling upon them, a word ,a touch, a prayer, a fast. But as the years went by something happened, the prayers started to, fall short, the fasting was being preformed less and less, the touch became ineffective , but why? Jesus gave us the answer, "Will there be faith on the earth, when I return?" Will the church lose its power and forget about the source, trying to tap into something else instead, use a low grade substitute for the real? Where does the power of the church lie? The working of miricals is one of the spiritual gifts that the Bible states that we can have, but it isn’t used, because of unbelieve, Paul once said, "I come to you not with great swelling words, but with demonstration and with power." Its the act of working in power and demonstration , The churches power is not in the name of the church or denomination, its not in the attendance or number of members, its not in the financial well being of the church, but the power lies in the faith of its people. And their ability to accept the power transfer , from the Holy Ghost. He is our power sent down from God. How many have prayed the Lords prayer? It goes "Our Father which art in Heaven....." If you’ve prayed that prayer before, then you must believe it, believe what you say? That God is your Father, then if God is your Father then you must accept the power that He has granted you. The problem is, that some have been so far from the source that not even a sub station cant boost the power enough to keep you in the light. Lets put it this way, when you go home after church on a Sunday night and its dark at home you reach up a flip on the light switch, what happens?,.. the light comes on, and you take it for granted that it will every time you flip on the switch, and you automobile, you get in turn the switch and the engine starts, and you expect it to every time. The church has become lulled into believing that every time they pray, the light is going to come on. But with your house and your car, what happens when they don’t work as expected? You panic, you get angry ,some even become scared, expecting the worst to happen, a dark house on a windy ,stormy night is a scary thing. I’m speaking to those who have drawn away from their source of power, the proud, airagant, boasters, the pleasers of man ,instead of pleaser of God. Jesus warned these people to think about what they are doing. You cant drive a car at 60 mph and cut off the power, you will lose control and put at danger, not only yourself but every one that close to you.So what is the answer, get a better connection, if the one you have is faulty, reroute it, make a straight tie in, go straight for the source. The Holy Ghost. Jesus promises us ,that He would send us a comforter, which when He comes, we would be endowed with power from on High. The problem is that sometimes the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit ,is forgotten, we try to do His work in our lives and we start loosing power. Our prayers are falling short, our faith is wanning ,our health is failing and the world cant tell the Christian from themselves. A pitiful way to be. The answer is in scripture, verse 8, "But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you;..."We all have the power to preform the things that Jesus said that we could do, all we haft to do is get closer to Him. The recognition of the Holy Ghost in our church and in our lives is a great place to start. I suggest that when the church comes together, that we stop and invite the Holy Ghost into our service and let Him lead the service, allowing Him to preform His work, in our service and in our lives. Heres a prayer that all can use, " Our most gracious Heavenly Father ,we come to you, asking Father that thy Holy Spirit come into our service, for He is welcome in this House of Worship, and Holy Spirit, let thy work be accomplished in us, not only here but in our daily lives. We thank thee Father, in the name of thy son Jesus Christ. Amen." Lets start taping into the source of power, for there are many in the family of God that need aid in this life. Let our prayers start meaning something again, let cancer be healed, heart desiese, tumors, let our prayers start touching our lost loved ones and our enemies. Lets get back the things that the enemies has stolen from us, let us go to his camp and regain control of our family, finances, health and our destiny. The Holy Ghost leads us and guides us and in trouble He hides us and protects. With out the baptism in the Holy Ghost ,we have no power. Let Him in again, let Him do His work and Let the Power of Christ, restore you into an undefeatiable soldier of God. Let the power of Jesus shine in you, as you walk into a room , people will know who dwells inside you, demons will bow and step out of the way, when you pray, your prayers will be answered, when you lay hands upon the sick, they will recover and when you fast, you will be accepted of God. ars