His Personality (2 of 5) by Jeff Strite
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Series: Breath of New Life
OPEN: A missionary named Herbert Jackson who told of being given car that wouldn't start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them give his car push to get it started. As he traveled around the area, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. Some times he would get other children to help him push it to get it started. He used this ingenious procedure for 2 years.
At the end of that two years, however, he needed to return to the states because of health problems and a new missionary came to replace him.
Of course, the car stayed with the new missionary, and so Jackson began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started. As he did so, the new man began looking under the hood.
"Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable."
He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch and to Jackson's astonishment, the engine roared to life.
For 2 years, the only trouble with that car was a loose connection. The power was there all the time.
It's just that Jackson didn't realize how to access it.
APPLY: There's a power source for the church.
There's a force that electrifies the Christian.
And the Bible tells us that power, that force, that energy is the Spirit of God.
In Romans 15:13 Paul prayed "…that (the Christians there) may overflow with hope by the POWER of the Holy Spirit.
He prayed essentially the same thing for the Christians at Ephesus: "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with POWER through his Spirit in your inner being." Ephesians 3:16
And Paul encouraged Timothy by telling him "…God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of POWER, 2 Timothy 1:7
God has given us His power and His power comes through His Spirit that dwells inside of us.
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