by Rick Ferguson

Dr. Rick E. Ferguson

Genesis 32:24-32

We live in a power-hungry generation; in fact,
man, by his very nature, is a power-hungry creature.
We see evidence of this in every stage of human

Ex. Children attempt to dominate one another in their play.
You put three children who are complete strangers in a
room together to play and, within minutes, one will
surface as the dominant personality who, in a subtle way,
rules over the other two.

NOTE: Sometimes I think I have three dominant personalities in our-
children, and they are always clashing.

Teenagers, really have a hunger for power. That's why
teenage boys drool when they see a sports car with 400
cubic inches of pure power under the hood. That's why all
the girls will fight and scratch one another's eyes out to
be captain of the cheerleading squad-.

Adults certainly display an appetite for power and
control. This is why men will cheat, lie and manipulate
people to get ahead. This is why history records the
horrors and holocaust caused by men like Adolph Hitler,
Joseph Stalin, Mussolini and Mao Tse Tung.

We also find men craving power and, prestige in the world
of religion, and religion happens to be a very go
vehicle for achieving power over people. Look at what men
like Jim Jones, Jimmy Bakker and Sung Yung Moon have done
to manipulate and exert power over men.

Today's message is on how to have power with God
and men. There is a tremendous difference between
having with God and men and having power over
God and men.

Copyright C 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
All rights reserved. No portion of this
document may be used in any form without
the written permission of the author. Bible
quotations are from the New International
Version unless otherwise indicated.

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The difference is the difference between
"motivation and manipulation,
cooperation and control,
directing and demanding,
influenci ...

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