Summary: What if you were willing to believe the bible?
September 2, 2007
Text: Ephesians 3:14-21
Subject: Spiritual Power
Title: What If?
Do you know anyone who lives in the past? I think that as a rule most people will reflect on the past and wonder what things might have been like had they made different choices. What if I had married someone else? What if I had taken that other job? What if I had gone to college? What if – what if – what if!!! The problem with all those what if’s is that it is too late to do anything about them. That someone else you thought about marrying is already married to someone else- and quite happy. That other job you wondered about was filled long ago by someone else. That college degree that you wish you had pursued doesn’t have the practical application now that it did then. The fact is that for many of the things in your life you cannot do much to change. I’m reminded of Job’s wife. You remember how after Job had lost all his possessions and his children were killed how his wife said to him, "why don’t you just curse God and die?". After JOb went through his whole trial i wonder if his wife said, "What if I had supported him all the way?" I think that she probably asked herself this while she was having her 20th child at the age of 55. You can dream about the past but to what avail?
However, since we’re talking about dreaming, what would you say if I told you that there are a lot of what if’s, that if you started dreaming them today, would change your life in such a way that you would never be the same. What if you were totally sold out for Jesus Christ? What if you did everything you could do to see this church with wall-to-wall pwople? What if you could hear the voice of God speaking to you and what if you responded to everything He said? What if you gave your tithe every week? What if God blessed you for it?
We are asking the same question as before but we are looking at a different time frame. What if’s applied to the past change nothing. But when applied to the present and the future, they can change everything.
I want to read to you a prayer that the apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian church and as we go through it I want you to do two things. First we are going to replace the pronoun “you” with “me”. Second, we are going to ask, “what if those things applied to me”?
I want you to walk away from here today with a whole new outlook on the kind of Christian God wants you to be.
I. 14-15. WHAT IF I WERE PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD? 14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. If you were a Christian you have a promise waiting for you. That promise is eternity in heaven with Jesus Christ the king. But before that you have every promise given in the Bible available to you now. You have the promise of blessing and healing and provision and strength and love. You have already received this from Ephesians 1:3, “3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed ME in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Do you get that? You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ in the heavenly realms. And if you have it in the heavenly realms where else do you think that you might have it? Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Well, I don’t know if I can believe that or not. That sounds a lot like that word of faith stuff. I want you to understand something. The “word of Faith” stuff is the same thing as the “Word of God” stuff. So if the Word says you are blessed in the heavenlies and Jesus said God’s will is done on earth the same as it is in heaven then what part of that do you have a problem with? If you are a blood bought child of God those promises are yours.