Jesus is your power for the purposes of God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Colossians 1

JESUS IS YOUR POWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF GOD

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me.  (Colossians 1:28-29)

There is no greater purpose in all of life than to bring glory to God by proclaiming Jesus through our words and our lives.

Jesus matters more than your personal growth.

Jesus matters more than your family.

Jesus matters more than your money or material things.

Jesus matters more than your individual legacy or any program to make the world a better place.

The Bible describes Him with the word “preeminent,” meaning that He is in first place above everyone and everything else.

However, in a world that tries to focus our passion and priorities on anything but Jesus, this perspective can be hard to maintain.  In a life filled with so many demands on our time, such devotion can be difficult to sustain.  In light of the fact that hell itself wants to keep you from committing all things to Jesus, such a life may seem to require more energy than you can muster.

That’s why Jesus gives you power!

When you devote yourself to the cause of Christ, God Himself will empower you to stay faithful.  When you give yourself to being His worker and witness, Jesus Himself will provide the labor and fill you with His strength!

Don’t let Satan tell you that you don’t have what it takes for Jesus to do great things through you.  If you’re in Christ, let this hopeful truth inspire you to move forward to His call: Jesus is your power for the purposes of God.

-Pastor Phillip

God has Kingdom power just for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 6

GOD HAS KINGDOM POWER JUST FOR YOU

And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.  Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty… And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.  (Acts 6:2-3, 8)

There is no such thing as a “professional Christian.”

To be sure, there are callings to Christian vocation, but while there are distinctions in role and responsibility, in the Kingdom there is no hierarchy of importance.

Stephen was not an elder or Apostle; he was a disciple.  He was not a senior leader; he was a servant leader.  Stephen was chosen for what some might consider an “ordinary” task, serving tables, yet the fruit of Stephen’s life was profound.

This “table server” was doing ministry and demonstrating miracles just like the twelve Apostles.  When brought on trial before the Jewish religious leaders, he gave just as strong and powerful a defense of the Gospel as Peter and John.

Though Stephen’s role in the church was one that some might call “ordinary,” that didn’t make him second class.  In fact, by operating within scope of his practical gifting, he was enabled to walk in the power of the Spirit.

Why?

Because Kingdom power is for everyone!  The Holy Spirit doesn’t only flow through preachers and poets and players of music.  He lives in all of us who have been born again through Christ, and loves for all of us to follow His leading and demonstrate His life in powerful ways.

So, as you go about the regular routine of your life, remember this.  No matter what role or gifting you have in the body of Christ, you can have hope in this truth: God has Kingdom power just for you!

-Pastor Phillip


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The Holy Spirit works through rest

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 2

THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS THROUGH REST

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  (Acts 2:3-4)

It is interesting how when the Holy Spirit first comes in power upon the followers of Jesus, He doesn’t overpower them.  He comes and rests on them.

In the midst of a crowded scene where the Spirit’s power is being manifested, Peter is able to calmly and rationally stand up and deliver an address to the crowd.  He’s not writhing on the ground or foaming at the mouth, but he’s not being left out, either.  He’s able to operate with both his spirit and his mind because the Holy Spirit is not there to overwhelm with power, but to overflow with peace.

To operate in the Spirit isn’t about having your mind overtaken by an alien force all of the time.  It’s about letting your heart be overjoyed by His presence, and letting that presence overflow into the world around you.

This is good news, because it means that true spiritual power isn’t measured by the ecstatic experiences of a moment, but by the enduring results of a godly life, and those results are available to any and everyone who will put their faith in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit in their heart.

As you go about your everyday business, may you pay attention to how the Spirit works in your life.  And, may you learn to trust and surrender to Him without fear, because as you do, you’ll discover the hope that comes from this truth: the Holy Spirit works through rest.

-Pastor Phillip


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Your worship can bless the world

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 12

YOUR WORSHIP CAN BLESS THE WORLD

Mary took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair.  The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  (John 12:3)

It was a small act, a little gesture, but it had a big impact on the environment.

Mary’s ointment was intended as a gift for Jesus.  It was directed at Him, given to Him, focused on Him.  However, the aroma of the offering spread much wider, blessing many others as a result.

Do you realize your life can be like that?

When you worship Jesus with your life, bringing your praise, your gifts, your service, if it comes from a heart devoted to Him, it is a fragrant offering that blesses not only Jesus Himself but others in His house as well.

May you never lose sight of the big implications of this hope-filled truth: Your worship can bless the world.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus is your power for the purposes of God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Colossians 1

JESUS IS YOUR POWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF GOD

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1:28-29)

There is no greater purpose in all of life than to bring glory to God by proclaiming Jesus through our words and our lives.

Jesus matters more than your personal growth.

Jesus matters more than your family.

Jesus matters more than your money or material things.

Jesus matters more than your individual legacy or any program to make the world a better place.

The Bible describes Him with the word “preeminent,” meaning that He is in first place above everyone and everything else.

However, in a world that tries to focus our passion and priorities on anything but Jesus, this perspective can be hard to maintain. In a life filled with so many demands on our time, such devotion can be difficult to sustain. In light of the fact that hell itself wants to keep us from committing all things to Jesus, such a life may seem to require more energy than we can muster.

That’s why Jesus gives us power!

When we devote ourselves to the cause of Christ, God Himself empowers us to stay faithful. When we give ourselves to being His workers and witnesses, Jesus Himself provides the labor and fills us with His strength!

Don’t let Satan tell you that you don’t have what it takes for Jesus to do great things through you. If you’re in Christ, let this truth inspire you to move forward to His call.

Jesus is your power for the purposes of God.

-Pastor Phillip

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