We Write the Narrative – Season of Holy Spirit Activation – Resurrection Power is to be Lived, Not Observed
Ephesians 1: 18-23
READING FOR WORSHIP GUIDE: Ephesians 1: 18-23
||Proverbs Ch. 16; Ephesians 1: 15-23
||Proverbs Ch. 17; John 14: 1-31
||Proverbs Ch. 18; Ephesians 6: 10-20
||Proverbs Ch. 19; Matthew 14: 22-31; I John 1: 9
||Proverbs Ch. 20; John 14: 15-26; Isaiah 43: 25
||Proverbs Ch. 21; Matthew 8: 1-34; Isaiah 1: 18
||Proverbs Ch. 22; Hebrews 10: 1-18;II Corinthians 5: 17
Season of Holy Spirit Activation
Resurrection Power is to be Lived, Not Observed
Ephesians 1: 18-23 – 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
The Resurrection Power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that is available and at work in me and you. When Jesus commissioned the twelve and the seventy-two, He gave them the authority and power to do all He had demonstrated before them. This “Season of Holy Spirit Activation” is an out-pouring of God’s Spirit on Quinn Chapel.
On Resurrection Sunday we celebrate the day God, the Father raised God, the Son from the dead, by the power of God, the Holy Spirit. It can also be the day that God, the Father frees you, God’s child from that habit, that addiction, that destructive behavior, or that counterproductive attitude by the power of God, the Holy Spirit. And replaced it with the infilling of God the Holy Spirit that you would then be God’s instrument in freeing others.
We come together on Resurrection Sunday to not simply to celebrate the Resurrection, but to LIVE the Resurrection ourselves. Jesus died and rose from the grave so our lives would be lived in the same Resurrection Power that raised Him from the dead.
Healing and deliverance are your birthright. When you were born again in Jesus Christ, you became a joint heir to salvation, freedom, healing, deliverance, provision, & protection.
Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
By the “Blood of Jesus” and the “Power of the Holy Spirit”, no habit, addiction, or self-destructive behavior is to remain in your life. So what’s blocking us and what has God done to address the obstacles to Resurrection Power in our lives?
IT’S Not for me
- John 14: 12-13 – Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
- Use the video of the two kids describing the Easter Story.
- Wouldn’t it be wonderful to remain as clear and unmarred in our thinking as these two little ones? I have no doubt that if you told them to lay hands on someone for that persons healing, these two little ones would do it and see results.
- But circumstances in life, the problems we’ve encountered and the storms we’ve faced change the way we see ourselves before God.
- Many of us have been convinced that the Resurrection Power that raised Jesus from the grave “Is not for me.”
- We see the anointing of God on others, especially those on the ministry staff, and believe the Resurrection Power of God is reserved for a select few. Nothing could be further from the truth.
- The key to doing greater things than Jesus is to do what Peter did when he walked on water.
- Jesus walked on water. Peter walked on water.
- Jesus kept his eyes on Peter. Peter kept his eyes on Jesus.
- When Peter sank and needed help, Jesus was there to help him.
- We are to do that very same thing, keep our eyes on Jesus and off of ourselves and off of our circumstances.
- Today, Jesus sent His Spirit to be an advocate to help us and to be with us forever – the Spirit of truth. (John 14: 15-26)
- Holy Spirit lives with us and is in us.
- He has not left us as orphans.
- He teaches us all things and reminds us of everything Jesus has said to us.
- Jesus said, “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these”
- Everything Christ has done is for me and for you, that we will do it too! He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and to do it through us.
- Stay focused on Jesus
- Spend time with Him in prayer
- Get in the Word everyday
- Allow Him to guide your every decision
- Ask Him to baptize you in the Holy Spirit
- “And greater things than these shall you do!”
- RESURRECTION POWER IS TO BE LIVED, NOT OBSERVED!
Do it on my own power
- 6:10 – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
- Story of leper saying, “If you are willing, I can be made clean.” The leper was saying, “I’ve tried under my own power, but it didn’t work. I can’t do it Lord, but you can.
“I can’t, but You can!”
- Deliverance from anything and everything comes to us by God’s Resurrection Power, not our own.
- When you say, “I can manage this problem by myself, Lord, God says, “Okay, you do it then.”
- But when you say, “Help me, Lord! I need You. I can’t do this on my own,” God says, “Good, I’ve been waiting for you to say that. You can’t, but I can. Now, watch Me!” That’s how good God is – He loves it when you depend on Him.
- When you look to God, God won’t leave you weak and helpless. God comes and becomes the strength of your life. God becomes the breakthrough that you need.
- It happens when you say, “I can’t, but You can.”
- When you say, “I can do something about it,” You’re still relying on your human strength. But when you say to God, “I can’t, but You can,” you’ve just tapped into the real source of your strength – Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Power.
“I can’t, but You can,”
“I HAVE COLITIS. I FELT I WAS GOING TO DIE. BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD HE BROUGHT ME THROUGH. MY PASTOR AND MY QUINN FAMILY ARE A PRAYING CHURCH. ALSO ELDER MARLINDA AND HER DEACONESS LAID HANDS ON ME, AND TOLD ME I WAS HEALED. I KNEW MY ILLNESS WAS GONE. MY FAITH IS STRONG IN MY FATHER, AND I’M DOING SO MUCH BETTER. MY DOCTORS ARE HAPPY WITH MY PROGRESS. THANK YOU FATHER GOD. FOR HE IS AWESOME. THANK YOU PASTOR MOODY FOR EVERYTHING. LOVE YOU SOOOOO.”
“I can’t, but You can,”
- Hebrews 10: 2 & 14 – For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.… For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (NKJV)
- Being conscious of our sins can cause self-hatred & self-condemnation.
- The traditional teaching of the church often leaves us in this condition.
- We, pastors have at time been so busy reminding people of sin and the need to repent that we’ve forgotten to teach the forgiveness and grace of God.
- It’s like we were making a wound to perform a surgical procedure but we never closed the wound so the patient can heal.
- Sin consciousness can block us from receiving our healing, our deliverance, and our anointing.
- We consider ourselves to be “not good enough” to receive a blessing.
- We remind ourselves of times we’ve stumbled and disqualify ourselves from the anointing of God on our lives.
- We unconsciously think we must be perfect before God in our own actions to receive anything from God.
- Sin consciousness can make us lose awareness of God’s grace in our lives.
- A pastor told a story that when a woman in his congregation, who had cancer on her face, asked for prayer for healing, the Holy Spirit revealed to him that it was self-hatred that was keeping her from receiving her healing. She couldn’t forgive herself and was full of self-condemnation.
- How many of us are holding on to past mistakes?
- How many of us are looking back at our lives lamenting choices we’ve made?
- How many of us are blaming ourselves for things that happened decades ago?
- When the woman realized her problem, she counted on the fact that God was merciful to her, and that she was already forgiven. She received the love of God. Then, right before the pastor’s eyes, her whole face changed – she received her healing that very moment!
- God’s promises for our forgiveness are simple and clear. God said:
- 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- Isaiah 43: 25 – I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.
- Isaiah 1: 18 – though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
- II Corinthians 5: 17 – Therefore if anyone be in Christ, she or he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
- We can count on the fact that God is merciful to us and that we are already forgiven.
- Receive the love of God and receive your forgiveness.
- Receive the love of God and receive your healing.
- Receive the love of God and receive your anointing.
- Receive the love of God and live Resurrection power.
- It was God, who so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have ever lasting life.
- It was God who sent His Son to be the payment for our sins.
- It was God whose Son was broken to make us whole again.
- It was God who sent Jesus to hang all day on Calvary.
- It was God who laid His Son, Jesus in a borrowed tomb.
- It was God who left Him all night Friday in a borrowed grave.
- It was God who left Him all day Saturday – in the grave He stayed.
- It was God who left Him all night Saturday until atonement was made.
- It was God who in the wee, wee hours rolled the stone away.
- But, early, early, early, early Sunday morning it was Jesus who got up out of the grave and said, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So now I give you Resurrection Power.
- The power to heal
- The power to deliver
- The power to pull down strongholds
- The power to give sight to the blind
- The power to mend a broken heart
- The power to fulfill my promise that “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Resurrection Power –is to be Lived, Not Observed
CALL TO ACTION
INVITATION TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR
INVITATION TO RECEIVE A CHURCH HOME
CALL TO ACTION – THE GIFT OF PROPHECY
GIFTS OF HEALING
GIFTS OF DELIVERANCE
CALL TO ORDAINED MINISTRY
CALL TO BE AN EVANGELIST
GIFTS OF HELPS
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