Summary: A sermon intended on helping us understand how powerful we can be and where that power comes from.
Most Christians are powerless. This might make some of you raise your hand in agreement or cringe with disgust. Either way, it is a statement about the church I not happy to have to make.
Consider what “normal” Christianity in the typical believer looks like today. This person is probably bit self-seeking and materialistic, and most of his daily choices are about improving his own life. They are about self-improvement, not improving the kingdom of God, and they can drain a believer of the true gospel power.
What passes for normal Christianity today must be an outrage to God. It is not only powerless, it is passionless, lacking self-sacrifice. In other words, it is cross-less—and therefore Christ-less.
It’s time for the church to take a spiritual inventory to see whether our “spiritual” pursuits are leading us closer to God’s heart or causing us to run in circles.
Acts 4:31—And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together
Prayer is the secret to releasing the power of God.
• Daniel was thrown to the lions because his prayer life terrorized the demonized bureaucrats of Babylon.
• Elijah prayed and fire fell from heaven. If that ever starts happening in your prayer life, it won’t be boring, I guarantee you.
• In the early days of the church, they prayed until the building shook.
• Moses prayed, and as long as his hands were held up, Israel won the war. The moment his hands came down, Israel lost the war.
• My point is this, Your prayers are the secret of releasing God’s power in your life.
• Jesus had a powerful prayer life; He prayed all night many nights. And after He had prayed all night, then came the signs and wonders.
Answered prayer is not a miracle.
Mark 9:22 “If thou canst do anything.”
• It is a tragedy when the powerlessness of our lives causes others to doubt whether God is able to help them.
• The Christian life described in the Word of God is a powerful life.
• The early church made a dramatic impact on every city where a new group of believers began to gather.
• Sometimes there were revivals and sometimes there were beatings and martyrs—and often both—but there was no doubt that something was happening.
• Today many churches are having almost no noticeable impact on their cities. In fact, few would notice if they closed.
• This lack of power does not go unnoticed.
• One of the reasons our society is so willing to abandon the moral principles we have followed is that they see no reason to believe or fear God based on the lack of His power and presence they see in our lives.
I Ephesians 5:14 - Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
A Awake – To take action
B Sleepest – Turn from sin or idleness
C arise from the dead – a time or place of separation
D Christ shall give thee light – Help, Spiritual strength & power