Getting Real: Looking For Christ-like Power by Fenton Moorhead

GETTING REAL: LOOKING FOR CHRIST-LIKE POWER

INTRO: A BOY WAS ABOUT TO BE PUT INTO THE GAME BY HIS COACH. HE
HAD NEVER PLAYED IN A REAL GAME BEFORE, ONLY IN PRACTICE. THE
COACH LOOKED DOWN AT HIM AND WAS ABOUT TO TELL HIM WHERE TO
PLAY, WHEN THE LITTLE BOY SPOKE UP AND SAID,

"COACH, PLEASE PUT ME WHERE THEY DON'T HIT ANY BALLS."

WHEN FACED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE GOD,
DO YOU STEP UP OR STEP BACK?

DO YOU LACK A SENSE OF GOD'S PRESENCE AND POWER?

HOW CAN I SERVE GOD EFFECTIVELY WITH MY LIMITED ABILITY AND
POWER?

HOW CAN I BE A WITNESS FOR CHRIST WITH ALL MY LIMITATIONS?

JESUS CHRIST WAS NOT A MAN WHO SENT OTHERS INTO BATTLE TO DIE
WHILE HE REMAINED IN SAFETY. THE BALLS WERE HIT TO HIM AND HE
HAD TO FIELD THEM ALL! HOW DID HE DO IT?

AS HIS FOLLOWERS, IS HIS POWER AVAILABLE TO US TODAY?

LUK 4:1 Jesus, FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, returned from the
Jordan and was LED BY THE SPIRIT in the desert,
LUK 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the POWER OF THE SPIRIT,
and news about him spread through the whole countryside.

Eph. 5:18 ... BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.

JESUS DEPENDED ON THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR POWER EVEN THOUGH HE WAS
THE STRONG SON OF GOD!

NO WONDER HIS DISCIPLES ARE COMMANDED, "BE FILLED WITH THE
SPIRIT."

TO "BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT" IS:

ARE YOU "SPIRIT FILLED" IS TODAY'S JARGON TO ASK IF YOU HAVE
EVER HAD A PENTECOSTAL EXPERIENCE.

TO EXPERIENCE CHRIST'S PRESENCE (FELLOWSHIP / CHARACTER)
AND POWER ( SUPERNATURAL SPIRITUAL STRENGTH) AS HIS SERVANT.

NOT PRIMARILY AN EMOTION ...


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