[Scott Moore, Lead Pastor of Eastridge Community Church ]
Acts 3 & 4
We need power..
Examples of things that need power..
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NLT)
If Jesus had to give them power then we can assume that before Christ, they did not have power.
Jesus intends for us ALL to receive that power and He intends that we ALL are His witnesses..sharing Crist.
So, one question..Is my life marked by God's power?
Paul asks us, if we were once changed by God..and we submitted ourselves to Him..what happened? Did we begin trusting in our own power?
How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? (Galatians 3:3 NLT)
So hear Paul's prayer..
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. (Ephesians 1:18, 19 NLT)
Stand in power..
For God's timing.
Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. (Acts 3:1-3 NLT)
Peter & John had their own agenda. They were going to pray. But God presented them with an opportunity, someone in need.
For God's glory.
Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! (Acts 3:4-10 NLT)
This man had just been healed and he is ecstatic. Physically exuberant. He went straight to the Temple to worship God.
Healing for His on glory.
For God's purposes.
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29-31 NLT)
They healed a man and then went to prison, but they prayed for even more boldness.
Lets look at what Peter did to be able to stand in power.
To stand in power, I need to..
Be with Jesus
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 NLT)
Am I known for spending time with Jesus? Is this a regular normal part of my daily life?
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalm 46:10 NLT)
It is so hard for us to sit still and still our mind. To stop productivity. To be still and surrender ourselves to Him, moment by moment.
It becomes an issue of trust and discipline.
Wait on God.
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
Give up control.
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:1-4 NLT)
Submit to God and fill yourself with things of God.
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 NLT)
Peter surrendered to the Holy Spirit..and he changed the world.
God desires to display His power in me in mighty ways. FOR HIS GLORY!!!