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17. The Power of All – Part 2

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Matthew 28:16-20
16 “Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 “When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!” 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””

Not only is His authority and power sufficient to prevail over ALL of my iniquities but second His authority and power is sufficient to prevail over

B. ALL MY INCAPACITY

Many times we find ourselves at a loss as to what we are to do and how we are to carry out what God is calling us to do. But as Jeremiah 10:23 clearly states it is not about our plans but His: “LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” God mocks man’s power, and laughs at our egotistical efforts. God never uses the pridefully powerful, the high and mighty but, instead, uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise. As 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 clearly communicates, “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” The beauty of this truth is that God can work through you in spite of your weaknesses. When God gives you a mission to carry out He will also give you the the might and the gifts you needed to carry it to completion. The problem is that we often focus on our weakness instead of the Power of His Word. But it is never about what we can do but about what He wants to do both in and through us. Our weaknesses are just a canvas upon which God paints in power, so that a watching world cannot boast about us, but because of our weakness is forced to give God the glory. We need to stop seeing our weaknesses as an obstacle and start seeing them as an opportunity to step out in obedient faith. As Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Your frailties and failures are an opportunity for God to show the world His power. There is an African saying that reminds us not to despise and dismiss the small things , “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.” When we focus on ourselves our faults, weaknesses and limitations we may be tempted to conclude, logically enough, that we are insignificant. But look at the people God used to make a monumental impact in this world. For example, when God told Moses that he would use him to liberate Israel, Moses replied, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” Exodus 4:10. But God reminded Moses that, as Creator, He was more than capable of helping him. God used David, who was the youngest in his family, and just a simple shepherd boy to conquer the Philistines and become the great king of Israel. He used Peter, who was fickle and unfaithful upon which to build His church. God loves to choose people and circumstances that are so simple, weak and ordinary that everyone who witnesses it knows with absolute certainty that God alone is the one who is in charge and the One creating the change. Third His authority and power is sufficient to prevail over:

C. ALL IMPEDIMENTS

There is nothing, no matter how severe, that can happen for which God does not also provide a way out, because God’s grace will always prevail. Hebrews 10:13 tells us that: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” At its root the Biblical word “power” is the ability to bring to completion something that is hindered or impeded in various ways. In the days of Jesus, the Roman Emperor had the authority to send the Roman legions from one point in the empire to another. The legions had within their ranks the power to carry out the Emperor’s orders by overcoming any and all obstacles in their way. Nothing could stop the legions when they were on the march. In like manner Christ has given us the mission to carry out His orders, overcoming any and all obstacles and impediments in our way. Not only has He given us the order but He also provides the power with which to carry them out. Which means fourthly His authority and power is sufficient for me to carry out:

D. ALL HIS IMPERATIVES.

As we have already seen if God gives you a mission He will provide the might to carry it out. What God originates He orchestrates. Philippians 4:13 reminds us “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Through Jesus Christ you can do everything God wants you to do. Not what you want but what He Wills. You can face everything he calls you to face, you can fight every battle he wants you to fight, you can obey every command, you can endure every trial, and you can overcome every temptation through Jesus Christ. Our problem is that we get our eyes of of Jesus and focus on the failure instead of the finish. Today we need the reminder of 1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Its time to start living in the victory and not the vices, to celebrate the finish and not get stuck in the failure. What are His imperatives, what is Christ calling you to face? Don’t focus on the trials and temptations focus on the truth of His word, focus on trusting not trying, resting in the Almighty and not in your ability. So what about you are you plugged into His power or are you still striving in your own strength?

 

 

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