But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Rather, recognizing our weakness is the basis for our turning to God, depending upon His power to work in us. In this way, God receives all the glory.
When we minister in the power of God, we need not trust in our own strength and in human methods. Indeed, we dare not do so. Through weak and foolish men, God has chosen to proclaim His gospel. Through weak and unimpressive methods, the gospel is proclaimed, trusting in the power of God to convince and convert sinners. In this way, men must give God the glory, and they must trust in Him and in His power, not in men:. Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? This is not the way the church operates today.
When we preach, we employ the marketing methods of our day, proven to be successful in producing results. We use persuasive techniques which sell soap and breakfast cereals. When we seek to train and develop leaders, we train men to be leaders following the model and methods of our secular culture rather than teaching them to be servants.
Is evangelicalism not like the state of the church Paul sadly describes as the church of the last days? If we really believed God is omnipotent, we would come to Him in prayer first, not as a last resort after having tried every other means and failed. We would forsake trusting in the idols of our day and trust in Him. We would humbly acknowledge that all the blessings we have are a gift of His grace and the result of the working of His power. Our prayers would be filled with praise and thanksgiving, seeing God as the Source of every blessing.
We would be filled with faith and hope, knowing that no purpose of God can be thwarted 2 Chronicles If we really understood the power of God, we would not give so much credit to Satan.
We would not look at Satan as though he and God were closely matched rivals who have battled for centuries. We would not dare suppose that in the end God will barely defeat this one who is our deadly foe. We would realize that God is the Creator, and Satan is but a creature. God is not battling with Satan with the hope of defeating him; Satan is already a defeated foe, whose final demise is certain John In the meantime, God is using Satan and his rebellion to achieve His purposes see 2 Corinthians They refuse to accept that God often works through suffering to sustain and purify the saint and to demonstrate His grace and power to a lost and dying world again, see 2 Corinthians For we also are weak in Him, yet we shall live with Him because of the power of God [directed] toward you 2 Corinthians See, for example, Exodus 9: Handing Off the Baton 2 Timothy 4: Walking the Romans Road.
Facing Winter Seasons 2 Timothy 4: Introduction Centuries ago, God promised Abraham and Sarah they would have a son through whose offspring the world would be blessed. In response to her laughter, God spoke these words to Abraham: Moses had the same thoughts and expressed his concerns to God: But God asked another question in response to Moses, a question vitally important to every Christian today: The answer to this question is crucial, and the answer of the Bible is clear and unequivocal: Later, Moses would remind the second generation of Israelites of this great event and of the power of God to which it bore witness: The people were awe-struck by the evidences of His power: When John the Baptist began to have second thoughts concerning Jesus, our Lord sent this word back to him: But He makes it clear that in His second coming, all will see Him coming with power: The last book of the Bible emphasizes the power of the Lord Jesus Christ: Here, Abraham was set to obey God, and the New Testament tells us clearly how he could do so—he was convinced of the power of God to resurrect his son from the dead: God had warned the Israelites about this false pride: Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego refused to bow down to this image, infuriating the king who made this threat: After God humbled him and took away his power, he came to his senses and issued these words for us to hear and heed: Conclusion No one who takes the Bible seriously can deny the power of God.
But God has not only saved us by His power, He also works in us to sanctify us by His power: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.
Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen,.
He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. As long as your attention is on the sin, you are honoring it. But if your attention is on God, you are honoring Him. Contact a Spirit-filled church, or prayer group, and Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Club or a local church pastor can help you do this. You may have a spouse, relative, or friend who is not an alcoholic and wants to help you. He or she may need salvation, the baptism of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit for their own sake. They can then better intercede for your deliverance from alcohol. Your close relatives may need to know how to help spiritually in your effort to recover. They should know that openly condemning an alcoholic is not effective. It may just feed your sense of "joyous agony" because you are "getting what you deserve.
That's not to say that they should tolerate your alcoholic behavior. Instead, they should offer to help you. Your spouse, friends, or relatives can find out how to help you by contacting a Spirit-filled fellowship, AA , or ALANON , an organization for friends and relatives of alcoholics.
An unforgiven, unclean drunkard cannot inherit the Kingdom of God I Corinthians 6: Offer thanks and praise for God's deliverance, mercy, ever-present help and power to overcome. Pray for deliverance from fear -- the fear that "I won't be able to make it" II Timothy 1: Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus' name. I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life.
Please forgive me, change my life and show me how to know You.
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Using a Bible concordance, study every reference for "fear," "deliverance," "healing," and "praise. Seek out other reformed drinkers. Look for their support. Read " Prison to Praise " and other books by Merlin Carothers. Clean up, dress up. Try to eat something.