The Overcoming Power of God’s Word
Tackling Today’s Turmoil With Eternal Principles
There is intense turmoil in our nation right now.
The problem is not liberals or conservatives, libertarians or progressives, Democrats or Republicans or independents. The problem is not people of another faith, denomination or sectarian group.
Our enemy is the father of lies, the evil one, and the evil that distracts us from God and His transforming truth. The evil one not only deceives but divides and destroys life, liberty and the pursuit of God’s Kingdom purpose. He attacked Jesus, he will attack us.
Jesus overcame him with the Word. You and I overcome with the power of His Word, His testimony, not just our testimony. With His testimony, His Word and the blood of Jesus, we can overcome the enemy!
Here’s how it works:
We are Commissioned
We are commissioned by God to go into the world and make disciples, not only of individuals, but of nations. Read Acts 9. For God said of Paul, “I am sending him to the Gentiles — to all the people of the earth, not just to Israel.”
The church is sent to the poorest of the poor and to the richest of the rich and we should never apologize for reaching out to share the Gospel with leaders. In Philippians 4:22, the apostle Paul was on his way to Rome to be tried. There was confusion and somehow they lost his papers. He stayed there and wrote to the Philippians who were so faithful supporting him when other churches didn’t, saying, “I am sending you greetings from believers here in Rome and those of Caesar’s household.” He was winning leadership and their families and associates to Christ!
We are Powered
Jesus said to His disciples, “It is essential for you that I leave and send another of the same kind, the paraclete, to live in you, to guide you into all truth.” Then He told those disciples to tarry until they were filled to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit that was in them through the power of God’s redemption and regeneration.
I want you to notice this. The power that came forth by the power of the Holy Spirit enabled them to speak the language of all the people in their native dialect. Whatever you believe about spiritual gifts, do not quench the Spirit by arguing over them — any of the gifts — and destroy the fruit of the Spirit. (Love, joy, peace…)
Ask God to fill you to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and you know what will happen? You will begin to speak the language of the people. You will be able to reach the millennials, the baby boomers, the rich and the poor, the wealthy entrepreneurs, the poorest of the poor, and the educated and uneducated.
Ask God today to fill you to overflowing with the power of His Holy Spirit. When we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, we have no limits. We can be carried by His Spirit, controlled by His Spirit, and enabled by His Spirit.
I recently released a book, Living Amazed. I think you’d be well served to read it.
Although I have preached to millions, seen millions come to Christ, and met with presidents and world leaders, you will read about some of the unbelievable, supernatural encounters I’ve had. Every day I watch the miracles of God because I am His witness.
You can experience those same things and do even greater miracles through the power of God in your generation.
We Stay on His Course
Remember this; we have been left here to lift high God’s standards, and we can’t move His standard to accommodate our failure, sin, our shortcomings or anybody else’s. The consequences are catastrophic if you change God’s truth into a lie. Defeat, division, and destruction will prevail.
Jesus can lift you out of any ditch or pit of defeat, however you got there. If you were thrown in, or circumstances caused you to fall in, or you dug the pit and got in it, Jesus wants to lift you out and He always will! You’re going to be successful based on His perfection and His righteousness. And beware the moment you think you’ve arrived in righteousness and forget that it’s only the gift of grace in Christ Jesus, you’ll be condemning of others and have a critical, judgmental spirit that quenches the power and effectiveness of your own witness.
We Act With Love and Light
How we treat believers in the family of faith when we disagree is critically important. We must treat them the way God treats us. We need to correct our brothers and sisters in love, and speak the truth in love with a spirit of redemption. We not only counsel others and comfort them, but we also confront them in love. We don’t cut them off, shut them out or mock them. We don’t make fun of people who are defeated or different.
If we lift the standard of righteousness, we’re going to be salt and light. As salt we will protect and preserve the precious. As light we will expose evil and the deception of the devil and his destructive intent, and illuminate the way to joy and peace and security.
But the only way we’re going to accomplish what He wants is for us to stand as a family of believers together, appreciating one another’s gifts and unique diversity, all of us as a body, Christ’s body, the church of the living God, the family of faith with a perfect Father.
We stand shoulder to shoulder and become the shining city set on the hill that cannot be hidden. And when we do, the standard of God is appropriately lifted because Jesus will be lifted up. He said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all people unto myself.”
That’s what we are commissioned to do, so let your light shine!