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Bible verse

“I have the Power!” Do you?

I heard it said that Power is one of the temptations of speakers, preachers and church leaders, I was trying to think how this would manifest itself.

Certain denominations call their leaders “Father ….” or “Teacher...” when it explicitly says in the Bible “don’t call anyone Father or teacher for there is only one father (God) and one Teacher (Christ)” We give these titles to men/women that we respect, that we look up to for their insight, their theology and their knowledge, but we actually have equal insight and power as all who have been “born again” have the Holy Spirit within them, and all are priests and apostles!

What I would like to know is when things go wrong, when you are having a really bad day, when you are really struggling with a situation, what do you do? What do you think?

  • Do you say “O my God!” but not actually mean to ask for the help of a deity?
  • Do you pray for help, recognising there is one who can and wants to help, as he has the power and resources to do so?
  • Do you just give up and feel down, as you feel “Powerless“?
  • Do you rely on your friends/family to “pick you up“?

There was a ruler in Capernaum who recognised Jesus’ authority and knew just one word from Jesus, and his servant would be well again! So what is our excuse?  Jesus said that those who follow him would be able to cast out demons, heal the sick! He gave his disciples the power and authority over demons and sickness.  He had authority because he died and rose again, death, sickness nothing could hold him.  If you are a follower of Christ, “He that is in you is more powerful than the spirit of the world”

So I have the Power,  and if you are a born again follower of Christ so do you!

What are you waiting for?  Get out there!! Either use it or get it!!


The power of Positivity #YesMan

Recently I have heard a few songs that have lyrics inspired by 2 Corinthians 1:20 which says:-

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

I don’t like to sing words that I don’t understand and just singing “yeah, yeah yeah and amen” or “yes and amen” without any background as to what the yes or amen is for, is barmy in my humble opinion!

The idea behind that verse isn’t some feelgood throwaway idea, but that if God has promised it, then YES it will happen! Through Jesus death we have the confirmation or “Amen” which is translated as “I agree“. (so you should only say “amen” if you agree to the wording of a prayer! Someone did once refuse to say it after i prayed for them because he did not agree with all of that i said!)

If God says “Yes“, Jesus has made it possible through his death and resurrection, giving him authority over everything and we should live ready to receive that promise!

It has been said that there are three answers to prayer:-

  • Yes”
  • “No”
  • “Wait”

A good few years ago, I watched a movie called “Yes Man”, I can recall that at the time of watching it, I had a very hesitant nature, I still am quite cautious and self-confidence is still something I am working on.  But as often occurs when I watch a movie, the character and feelings really resonated within me.

In the movie the character lives alone, doesn’t do much outside his own home and has no one to spend time with, avoiding his best friend and not being active in life enough to meet someone to love.

If it wasn’t for God’s great plan and me saying “yes” to who became my wife, i would have been that guy, stuck at home watching DVDs with no friends.

When i have said yes and tried new things, i have a confirmation of God saying “you can do a lot more than you think you can!” I have realised that I am a very capable person.  I should say yes more to things, I need to not overthink, procrastinate and listen to the doubts or doubters.

What has God promised you?

You may be waiting for a “word from God” to tell you what to do with your life but he may already have said it and you have not listened or followed!

Do you need to say yes to God?

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