Month: February 2024

Power in the Name

Power in the Name

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6)

When Peter and John encounter a lame beggar outside the temple, they demonstrate the authority and power available to all believers through the name of Jesus.

Though they possessed no money to assist him, they offered far greater riches through Christ – miraculous healing in an instant!

Expect the Impossible

Jesus assured His followers, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move” (Matthew 17:20-21).

As we call upon Christ’s name in faith according to His will, we open the door for the supernatural, limitless resources of heaven to meet earthly impossibilities.

This exciting spiritual truth applies to our physical bodies, relationships, jobs, ministry efforts, cities and nations. Through invoking Jesus’ authority in the unseen realms, we gain access to His resurrection miracle-working power.

“God’s power is always available where the name of Jesus is proclaimed.” Derek Prince

Let us call upon His name with bold expectancy today!

An Open Invitation

In Acts 3, Peter extends an invitation to the gathered crowd who are astonished at the healing they’ve witnessed.

He urges them to repent, turn to God and times of refreshing will come (v.19). The healing of the lame man was intended to point to spiritual restoration.

Similarly, God wants miracles to draw people to Himself – the ultimate source of life and power.

As conduits of His grace, we are privileged to bring the refreshment, renewal and salvation found solely in Jesus. May the power unleashed through Christ’s name open many eyes to His worth.

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Carried Home

Carried Home

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” (2 Kings 2:11)

In this vivid, miraculous account, Elijah’s earthly ministry comes to a dramatic close as he is swept up to heaven by a fiery chariot.

After years of faithful prophetic service, God carries his beloved servant home in a whirlwind – escorted by an angelic escort.

Passing of the Torch

Prior to his departure, Elijah has crossed the Jordan with Elisha, his successor. Before witnessing Elijah’s ascent, Elisha requests a double portion of his mentor’s spirit to carry on the prophetic work.

As Elijah is taken upward, Elisha cries out “My father! My father!” He tears his clothes in grief at the loss of his spiritual father.

Yet in the span of a verse, Elisha’s mourning turns to awe and celebration as he witnesses God’s supernatural power on display. He picks up Elijah’s fallen mantle – symbolic of the spiritual authority being passed to him – and proceeds to part the Jordan with Elijah’s cloak.

Elisha has inherited his mentor’s spirit and position in miraculous fashion.

The Hope of Heaven

Though God may not translate us to glory in a fiery chariot, Scripture offers magnificent hope of the home that awaits all believers.

In Christ, we journey on towards our ultimate heavenly destination, where we will fully know our glorious God. The apostle Paul wrote with conviction, “To live is Christ, to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

May this account stir fresh perspective! As you walk and work for your King, you too shall finish your race and behold Him face to face. Like Elijah, we will be carried home by the Savior you have served.

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Recognizing the Spirit of Truth

Recognizing the Spirit of Truth

This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” (1 John 4:2)

John provides practical advice for discernment in a world with many false teachers seeking to deceive believers.

We can test every spirit by its view of Jesus Christ – specifically whether they acknowledge the core truth of the incarnation.

The Incarnation

The concept of God taking on human flesh at a point in time is central to the Christian faith. Jesus, eternally existent as the divine Son, added humanity to His deity when He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

This mind-blowing, divisive reality – the infinite, unseen God wrapped in fragile human skin – ushered in our salvation. The pure, spotless Lamb of God took on the punishment we deserved.

Those who deny this vital truth reject the very heart of the gospel message.

Exposing Counterfeit Voices

John equips us to differentiate between truthful and deceptive spiritual voices. Those who follow the true Spirit will always affirm biblical teachings about who Jesus is – both fully God and fully man.

When we encounter messages downplaying Christ’s deity or resurrection, we can recognize the voice of false religion rather than divine truth.

Voices that distract from the Son’s centrality should raise instant red flags in our minds. Leaders who stir controversy and division over clear Scriptural principles should give us great concern as well.

We must filter every theological debate through this grid – does it align with apostolic writings on Jesus Christ?

Standing Firm in Truth

As we study Scripture, praying for discernment, we can learn to distinguish truth from warped gospels and false teachings.

We must choose to stand firm, rather than getting blown off course by persuasive arguments or cultural trends that undermine biblical faith.

By anchoring ourselves to the cornerstone of Christ and testing every spirit against this measure, we can mature in spiritual insight and avoid deception. Celebrate the profound mystery: God with us!

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Things Freely Given

Things Freely Given

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)

As Christians, we have been given an incredible gift – the very Spirit of God dwelling within us, providing divine wisdom, revelation, and discernment. Through the Spirit, we can grasp the depths of what God has graciously given us in Christ.

Seeing With Spiritual Eyes

Paul tells the Corinthians that believers have “not received the spirit of the world.” On our own, we are like blindfolded people, unable to comprehend spiritual truths.

God has given us His Spirit to open our eyes. He enlightens the eyes of our hearts, revealing the hope and riches of God’s glorious inheritance (Ephesians 1:18).

The Spirit searches the deep things of God and makes them known to us (1 Corinthians 2:10). With the veil removed, we can understand gospel truths that seem absurd and offensive to the darkened minds of unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

Ask the Spirit to illuminate Scripture and give insight into the precious realities you have in Christ.

Discerning All Things

The Spirit enables us to “discern all things” (1 Corinthians 2:15), sifting truth from falsehood. As we stay connected to God in prayer and saturate our minds with Scripture, the Spirit will lead us into truth and prompt our conscience.

We can check ideas, philosophies, and advice against biblical wisdom – assessing if they align with God’s character and priorities. The Spirit guards us from deception, protecting the gospel message entrusted to us. Let us cling to the Spirit’s discernment each day.

Living By the Spirit When we received Christ, we gained the Spirit’s indwelling power and presence. Paul urges us to “live by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16) – submitting to His leadership continually. As we walk in step with the Spirit, He will bear good fruit in our lives.

By God’s amazing grace, we have inherited blessings that go far beyond earthly wealth. Cherish this gift of the Spirit and rely fully on His divine enabling.

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End of All Things is Near

End of All Things is Near

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” (1 Peter 4:7)

As followers of Christ, we are called to live with an eternal perspective, recognizing that this world is not our ultimate home. Our citizenship lies in the kingdom of heaven, where Jesus has prepared a place for us (John 14:2-3).

Time For Action is Now

With Christ’s return on the horizon, Peter urges us to prepare ourselves by being spiritually alert and clear-minded. The time for passivity and complacency is over.

We must actively pursue closeness with God through prayer, Bible study, community, and acts of service.

Paul echoes this sense of urgency when he writes, “…the hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).

Let us wake up, ask God to search our hearts, and align our priorities with His perfect will.

Investing in Eternity

Busyness, distraction, and worldly pleasures can easily numb us into a state of spiritual drowsiness. But Scripture reminds us that this world is fleeting, and Jesus’ return is imminent. Peter calls us to sober-mindedness – to live intentionally and keep an eternal perspective.

“It is possible for a Christian to be ‘intoxicated’ with the things of this life so that he cannot think clearly about spiritual matters.”

Warren Wiersbe

Rather than living for what we can amass here on earth, Jesus urges us to store up heavenly treasures that will last. We do this by stewarding our finances, gifts, and time in ways that further God’s Kingdom.

As Peter writes, “The end of all things is near.” Live with urgent obedience, radical generosity, and undivided devotion to Christ.

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