‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.’ To most of us, the ‘heavenly places’ are Heaven itself, something future. But what Paul is saying, is that God has blessed us NOW with all spiritual blessings – blessings which we should now be enjoying! Because vv11-13 speak of Jesus Christ, ‘in whom we have obtained an inheritance, being pre-destinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His Will, that we should be to the praise of His Glory…in whom you also trusted after you heard of the Truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in whom, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise, the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession…’ This is so interesting. Paul is clearly saying, we have obtained an inheritance! People wonder how, at my age, I can still preach the way I do, why I see the many miracles, and why God has so blessed my ministry – it’s because I learned, from my earliest days, the significance of this message that the Holy Spirit gives you the key to ALL the Glory and Power of God, the ability to do ALL that Jesus did! What did Jesus say? He said, I’m going to My Father, I will ask Him and He will send the Holy Spirit – and these works that I do, you will do and greater, because I’ve gone to My Father! I want you to understand, we CAN expect the greater miracles, the greater Power, the greater Glory!
I’m testing and proving what I preach. That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, ‘I’m going to come to you, but I’m not coming puffed up as a greater speaker. I’m coming to you as one who has seen and demonstrated the Power!’ No one can deny, those early apostles were seeing and demonstrating the Power. The whole of the Acts of the Apostles is based on the demonstration and fulfilment of the Power which came on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell. The whole testimony of the Book of Acts is of men going out and doing everything Jesus had promised! That’s been my life!
The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4.19-20, “I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills – and I will know, not the speech of those who are puffed up, but the Power! For the Kingdom of God is not in words but in Power!” That’s an amazing statement! Paul is saying, the Kingdom of God is not ‘words’, but ACTION! It’s so easy to speak. It’s not so easy to act. I want you to become people of action, who put their faith into practice.
'My Everything' used by kind permission of www.vinesong.com
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:1, “Let a man so account of us as of ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. It is required of stewards that a man be found faithful!” So often in ministry we like to consider ourselves as evangelists, pastors and so on, but here, Paul is looking at it in a different way. He’s saying, all of us, as ministers of Christ, are stewards of the Gospel. And the requirement of a steward is that he should be found faithful!
Whether you are a member of the congregation, or in ministry as a pastor, prophet or apostle, what counts is faithfulness in whatever God has called you to do!
Romans 8 says, ‘When we know not what to pray for as we ought, the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us.’ Simply talk to God as you would a friend. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Miracles happen by the simple way in which we relate and communicate with Him. God is present, He’s the unseen guest, the silent listener to every conversation. I know God is there, He is listening. Before we ask, He’s already heard everything; He knows what is in our heart, what we think, what we want, what we need, but He wants us to put it into words.
'We come before Your Throne' used by kind permission www.vinesong.com
There is a solution! Whatever situation you are facing today, God will use it for His Glory. In John 9, as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 'And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.' Doubt is one of the enemy's biggest weapons against the believer: in the Old Testament he said to Eve, "Did God say...?" The devil destroys faith by replacing absolute trust with doubt; this is still the biggest problem in people's lives today. Faith only exists through trust in God and His Word.
I want to teach you the greatest lesson in answered prayer. Our God is a prayer-answering God. Don't take no for an answer, keep on asking, God will give you what you need. That applies to sickness, to every problem in your life. Jesus said, "I say to you, ask, and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened." Don't take no for an answer. Persist. Keep on calling on God. He will answer!
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Don’t talk to me only about a vision for the future. The vision is for now, today! This is the day of fulfilment! I have the power – Pentecost fell on me – I have the glory of God – and so do you! The glory of God is here – just open your eyes and see! Get the vision. Mix your vision with faith. Act! Nothing is impossible!
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I want to challenge you to live in the Fire of God, to re-consecrate your life to Jesus. When did you last hear God speak and you replied, "here I am Lord"? When Moses said, "Here I am", God began to deal with him. The spark from the Fire got into the soul of Moses and restored him. I want that Fire in my life. I want something new from God. I want to get into the Fire where it's hot; I want to feel the heat, the power and the glory of God.
'Holy Ghost Fire' used by kind permission www.vinesong.com
Most of us experience some powerful storms in our lives. That is why we need the reality of the Man who can conquer them. Let me challenge you: what kind of Man is Jesus? Wherever I go, He’s in the boat. I’d rather be in a ‘storm’ with Jesus than living in calm and peace without Him. I want you to know this real Jesus in your life.
'Jesus Your love has lifted me' by www.vinesong.com