Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Having asked for blessing and more territory, one finds that these prayers are answered. Not always in the way we expected because remember that the blessing was according to God's agenda. Also the territory given has now placed us out on a limb where we've never been and from where we will soon fall.
Christians find themselves stretched to breaking point. Nobody should have told you that being a Christian is easy. We feel the compassionate heart of God beating in us and go into situations where we are out of our depth. We feel tired, afraid, misled, abandoned and even angry. That is normal, but we have a prayer:
"Oh that your hand would be with me!" (1 Chronicles 4:10)
All Christians are called to take on situations where, unless God's hand is revealed, we will fail. We must reach the point where our own abilities, skills, strength and wits are over shadowed by the demands, and we have to call on the hand of God. This is what dependency is about.
His Hand is His Spirit
When we absolutely know that we cannot do it in our strength and intellect, we call out, "Father please do this. I cannot do it!" When He moves we know the wonder of seeing God at work. Our spirit cries out;
"God did that, nobody else! God carried me, gave me the words, gave me the power - and it is wonderful!" (Wilkerson 2000:pg 53)
Paul knew exactly that this ability to complete the task was completely in the hands of the Spirit.
"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant - not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life." (2 Corinthians 3:5,6)
The hand of God is more accurately described in the New Testament as the filling of the Holy Spirit. The early church was told to wait until they "received power when the Holy Spirit comes on you." (Acts 1:8)
The result was "The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord." (Acts 11:21)
The result of the filling of the Spirit was most often great boldness to speak in dangerous and difficult situations.
"When the saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished." (Acts 4:13)
"We must obey God rather than men." (5:29)
"You stiff necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears. You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit." (7:51)
"And how in Damascus he (Paul) has preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus." (9:27)
The early church was launched by the filling of the Spirit and continued in the Spirit. They are promised the Spirit in Acts 1, receive the Spirit in Acts 2 and are again asking for the infilling by Acts 4:42-47.
Paul continues to rely and pray for the power of God's hand to be upon the church (Ephesians 3:14-20):
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know the love that surpasses knowledge -. that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."
- We need the Spirit to strengthen our inner being.
- Holy Spirit strength is needed for Christ to live in us.
- Having love as a foundation to all we do, we then understand God’s love.
- Knowing the LOVE, we may be filled.
- He can do more than we ask or think --- IF the Spirit is at work in us.
ASK, ASK, ASK.
Date Added: 2010-05-25
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