"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father." John 14:12
Today's message was a review of the "DO Something" sermon series. Pastor Miles re-examined each of the "5 P's of God's Plan" and what each one means to us:
Preparation - Ephesians 2:10
Purpose - 1 John 5:3
Pain - James 4:1-3
Power - Ephesians 3:20
Passion that constantly screams, "Don't quit" - Luke 9:62
God has prepared you with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 4:1-1
You are never alone!
God has prepared the Bible for Jesus and you to use. Matthew 4:1-11
You always have access to information and opportunity.
God prepared you with prayer as a means of communicating with Him. Luke 5:16
If you don't know what to do, pray!
God created faith as a means of relationship with Him. Romans 12:3, Hebrews 11:6
Believing in God's promises strengthens your relationship with Him.
God prepared the circumstances and opportunities for us to Do Something. Galatians 4:4
There are people praying right now that God would send someone to them - it could be you!
The greatest commandment is to love God Matthew 22:37, which means to obey God 1 John 5:3.
You cannot love God without obeying God. The two things can't be separated.
Love is always based on biblical truth, not our feelings. Matthew 7:21; 3 John 3-4
If someone says s/he has a relationship with God that has nothing to do with what the Bible says, s/he is lost, confused, or deceived. If someone makes up who God is or what He does, that is an idol and not God's true character. God is always consistent with His Word.
Pain is what we experience when we don't get what we want. Everyone experiences pain, but it doesn't have to be all negative. God gives us three identities that aid us in responding appropriately to pain.
Your emotional health can limit your spiritual growth. If God calls you to confront someone you respect and you are too afraid, you will talk yourself out of it. Your emotion weakness will win over God's calling, blocking your potential. If you view yourself as a victim, you say, "I knew that would happen. I'm always last. I never win." The devil has you convinced and your thinking is already determined before painful circumstances take place. In this mindset, you do not grow or allow pain to change and challenge you. You simply buckle and wallow in your misery.
That is why it is so important to have a correct perspective about your own identity in Christ and the power you hold when you see yourself as God does:
As God's child, pain produces righteousness in your life. Hebrews 12:1; Hebrews 12:11
As a conqueror, you can be confident that nothing can snatch you from God's hand. Romans 8:32-39
As God's beloved, you share in Christ's glory when you suffer. 1 Peter 4:12-14
As a saint, you are comforted so you can comfort others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Power is the authority, ability and freedom to do something. Mark 9:14-29
God will call you to do difficult things, just as He called Jesus to do difficult things. Are you going to get over your fear and do as He asks? The mark of maturity is obedience.
Spiritual Power is superior to natural power, superior to Satan's power Mark 9:25, received from God by those who surrender themselves to Him Mark 9:29, and comes from the Holy Spirit for a very specific and unique purpose in your life Acts 1:8.
When God calls you to do something, don't trump spiritual power with your own natural power. You will use the natural power that you have, but it is nothing compared to what God can do. Spend the majority of your time pouring over the Word, praying to the Father, and relying on the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Living with passion means that you will be so fully committed to fulfilling your purpose that you will:
- Rely only on the preparations that God has made for you.
- Love your enemies even as they attack you. Luke 23:34
- Voluntarily walk into painful situations.
- Be subjected to God's power before you are an instrument of His power. John 18:6; Luke 22:47-51
- Strive every day to hear the Father say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:23