We Have More Power Than We Think

There is a neat story I have been studying now for a number of weeks

It is found in the gospel according to Luke – a medical doctor who became a powerful disciple of the Lord Jesus
He wrote the gospel named after him as well as the Book of Acts
Luke 10:1-11 “Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. He gave them this charge: “What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands. On your way! But be careful—this is hazardous work. You’re like lambs in a wolf pack. Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage. Don’t loiter and make small talk with everyone you meet along the way. When you enter a home, greet the family, ‘Peace.’ If your greeting is received, then it’s a good place to stay. But if it’s not received, take it back and get out. Don’t impose yourself. Stay at one home, taking your meals there, for a worker deserves three square meals. Don’t move from house to house, looking for the best cook in town. When you enter a town and are received, eat what they set before you, heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, ‘God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep!’ When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, ‘The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we’re giving it back. Did you have any idea that God’s kingdom was right on your doorstep?’”                (The Message Version)

Some keys to note:
Regarding the original story of the 70 – and each of us as believers today
The harvest is ready – people are spiritually hungry and open to hearing the good news
It will not be easy – you will be like sheep surrounded by wolves … dangerous (but          rewarding)
God has given to you everything you will need – even putting words in your mouth
2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 10:19
God has prepared people to help you do what He has called you and sent you to do
We are to move supernaturally – heal the sick, cast out demons
Our message is to be: “The Kingdom of Heaven has come near to you” (Luke 10:9)
Arising out of our hearing God’s Word regarding the work He is calling us to accomplish:
We need the power of God to do what Jesus did
Jesus did everything because He was empowered
Acts 10:38 “… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
Jesus calls us to do what He did and do it the way He did it
John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”
He was baptized in the Holy Spirit and moved in the gifts of the Spirit and so can we
          We have the same power that He had if we are baptized in the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8a “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…”
As this verse states: the purpose of the power is so that we can be a witness …
Acts 4:7 “By what power and in what Name did you heal this man?”
Acts 8:19 Simon wanting to buy this power – it was that noticeable in other believers
BUT, and it is a big but… Like the Pharisees when Jesus was ministering
In many cases…
Matthew 22:29 “…You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.”
2 Timothy 3:5a “…having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”
Deny it by not walking in it or using it (“it” being the baptism in the Holy Spirit)
However, there is good new – even great news – IF we will broaden our understanding and perspective…
1> The power of potential
Demas was a team member working with Paul the apostle
He had tremendous potential and Paul was mentoring him
But, he loved the world more than He loved Jesus
2 Timothy 4:10a “For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.”
To flow in God’s power – cannot “love the world”
If you do, 1 John states, “the love of the Father is not in you”
There were three men who received a gift from the Master (Matthew 25:14-30)
One received 5 talents, another 2, and the third man received 1
The first two went to work with what they had, invested it, earned a return on what they had received
The third man buried it out of fear and was severely rebuked by the Master
He had the same potential as the other two who both doubled the amount of money they had been given
The first two ‘went to work’ / used what they had been given…
We all have potential – and there is tremendous power in the potential the Lord has given to us
We simply need to apply what we have – use it!
We have more power than we think
1> The power of potential
2> The power of persistency
In Luke 18:1-8 we read of a widow who has an urgent need and who bothers the judge because she must have this need met immediately
Because she is persistent – he eventually gives in and grants her request
Luke 18:6-7 “And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily…”
There is tremendous power in righteous persistence before a righteous God….
But often we just “give up” or “give in” (to the flesh)
We have more power than we think
1> The power of potential
2> The power of persistency
3> The power of prayer
In the Book of Acts, chapter 12 we see that James, the apostle resident in Jerusalem heading up the Church there, has died at the hands of Herod
And, Peter, is in prison awaiting execution
The Church in Jerusalem gathers to pray and God answers their prayer sending an angel to bring Peter out of his prison cell and into freedom…
There is such potential in prayer
So much untapped power
James 5:16b “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
We have more power than we think
1> The power of potential
2> The power of persistency
3> The power of prayer
4> The power of purpose
There is a teenager in the Old Testament named Daniel
In Chapter 1 of the book of the Bible named after him, it states that he purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself and would stay pure and serve his God  (Daniel 1:8)
Regardless of his circumstances – and they were not great – He refused to compromise
Psalm 57:7 “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast!”
Psalm 108:1a “My heart is steadfast, O God!”
Psalm 112:7 “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”
We have a purpose as well – given to us by the Lord
A purpose to apply the power towards – a place to please the power
We have a generic purpose that all believers are called to fulfil
To go
To heal
To deliver
To love
To set free
To “preach”
Each of us then has a specific purpose – the how, when, where, why, and with whom details…
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
We have more power than we think
1> The power of potential
2> The power of persistency
3> The power of prayer
4> The power of purpose
5> The power of proof (testimony)
The proof is the fact that we all have a powerful testimony of how He took us from the domain of darkness into the Kingdom of light
Colossians 1:13 “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”
And, He has continued to do amazingly good things even when we did not deserve them…
Giving us a constant flow of powerful testimonies
This testimony is powerful
Revelation 12:11 “And they have conquered him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”
There is tremendous power in your testimony
We really do have more power than we think…
1> The power of potential
2> The power of persistency
3> The power of prayer
4> The power of purpose
5> The power of proof (testimony)

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Conclusion:
Colossians 1:11-12 “We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”
Ephesians 3:16-21 “…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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