The Key To Spiritual Power
Dr. Stan Coffey
I. THE LACK OF SPIRITUAL POWER
II. THE LORD OF SPIRITUAL POWER
III. THE LESSONS OF SPIRITUAL POWER
Thomas Aquinas, the Roman Catholic scholar who lived between 1225
and 1274 was a brilliant thinker who left an indelible imprint on the
fabric of his time. On one occasion he was visiting the Vatican, and
as he and the Pope were visiting the Pope gestured to the grandeur
and richness surrounding them and he said, "Behold Master Thomas,
the church can no longer say as St. Peter, ‘Silver an gold have I none!'"
Aquinas was quick to answer, "Alas, neither can we say what follows,
‘but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
rise up and walk.'" Aquinas understood a truth that many people in the
modern church never grasp. The real measure of success for a church
or a ministry isnot how fine its buildings are; how large its offerings are, or
even how great its crowds are. The real measure of success for a church or
a ministry is in whether or not it operates in the power of God. We are
living in a day of ministerial success. Every church wants to be the
largest, the richest, the most influential, and the most well known on
the face of the earth. Success these days is measured in millions of dollars,
tens of thousands of attendees and in worldwide fame and recognition.
The truth is God has a very different standard for determining what
constitutes a successful ministry. In our text today the Lord Jesus
teaches us about the most important ingredient of a successful ministry.
The disciples lacked that ingredient and they failed miserably. We are
told in verse eighteen of this text that the disciples of Jesus failed in
their attempt to cast out a demon from a little boy. The boy's father
summed up their efforts by saying, "...and they could not." He was
right. He had come to these men because they were disciples of Jesus.
They were Christ followers. The father brought his demon-possesed
son to them hoping for some help for his family, but he found that these
men had no help to offer. They could not! Why did they fail? They
failed because they lacked spiritual power. They lacked spiritual power
because they were missing the one ingredient that assures spiritual power.
Someone has well said that if the Holy Spirit left most churches next
Sunday they would never miss Him. The Holy Spirit's power is what
today's church needs most and misses least. We are living in dark,
demonic, and deathly times and in these last days we need God's
power. We must long for something to take place in our churches
that cannot be explained in terms of human personality or human
ingenuity but that can only be explained by a move of God's Spirit.
How many times do people attend our services and walk away saying,
"I came seeking help from God today, but they could not!" I came ...
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