Eighth Meeting When Is God's Power Revealed?
-Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age" <Matthew 28:18-20>-
To truly experience God's power and blessings, the believer must deeply know who he is and who Jesus Christ is. This means that you must understand where you came from, what you must do and where you will go.
1. First, there are 7 things you must remember.
(1) Man was originally created in the image of God to enjoy perfect fellowship with God(Gen. 1:27).
(2) But because of Satan, man's image of God was destroyed and his spirit died
(Gen. 3:1-10, Eph. 2:1-2, Jn. 8:44).
(3) From that time on, failure, death, suffering came into the world and became a permanent part of life(Gen. 3:11-20).
(4) You live as a sojourner in this world, and then you will return home(heaven or hell)(Lk. 16:19-31).
(5) God came to this world to restore the image of God in man and destroy the enemy(1Jn. 3:8).
(6) Jesus Christ is both God and man(Jn. 1:14, Phil. 2:6-10).
(7) When you accept Jesus(life), all of your problems are solved(Mt.11:28).
2. Now you begin to fight 3 battles.
(1) Battle against self
John 8:32 says "if you know the Truth, the Truth will set you free."
① You must entrust your present circumstances to God and find His plan for your life.
② You must seek not your will but God's will(Lord's Prayer).
③ You must trust that God's plan is more perfect than yours(Rom. 8:28-29).
④ Your own stubbornness and thinking are of no benefit to you.
⑤ You must completely surrender your whole self to the Lord.
⑥ The Truth is Jesus Christ. and He is holy. Therefore the holy life makes you completely free.
(2) Battle against Satan who tries to deceive you in the last days.
① You cannot defeat Satan with your own strength but only by Jesus' power
② John 1:12 states that God gave "power" to His children.
③ Matthew 28:18 states Jesus has "all authority in heaven and on earth."
④ Mark 1:27 states that even demons bow before Jesus' authority.
⑤ 1John 3:8 states that the reason why Jesus appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
⑥ John 16:24 gives you the assurance that Jesus will answer your prayers.
(3) Battle against the world. You must be led by the Holy Spirit.
① John 14:16 states that the Helper(Holy Spirit) will be with you forever.
② John 14:26-27 states that the Holy Spirit will teach you and remind you of all things.
③ 1John 2:20 states that you have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit and you know the Truth.
④ Matthew 12:28 states that where the Holy Spirit comes, there is the Kingdom of God.
⑤ Acts 1:8 states that you already have received power.
3. When does the power of God begin o work?
(1) The blessings began as soon as you became a child of God and resolved the problem of original sin.
(2) When your consequential sins are resolved, the power of God starts working in your life.
(3) Discover God's will in the midst of hardships, persecutions, sickness and frustrations.
(4) You must seek the purpose of God in your life.
(5) You must find God's greater purpose in your present circumstances.
(6) When you pray for these things(understanding God's purpose). God's power comes upon you.
(7) You can be content and victorious only through Jesus Christ.
4. Healing - Mental disease.
(1) Matt.12:25-45 (2) Acts 16:16-18 (3) Mark 5:1-10