The Same Power

Pastors Ron and Phyllis Lambright

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The Same Power

In Ephesians 1:19-21, Paul prayed that we would get a revelation of…  What is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,  according to [the degree of] the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.

He was praying that God would show us the exceeding greatness of His power that is already on the inside of us. It’s the same power that He used when He raised Jesus from the dead. Again, Ephesians 1:3 reveals that God “hath” already blessed us with these things. 

Paul wasn’t praying that the Lord will give us this power, that He’ll release more power, or that we’ll get a double portion of the Holy Spirit. He was praying that we would receive a revelation of what God has already put on the inside of us.

The power that is on the inside of every born-again believer is the exact same power God used when He raised Jesus from the dead. Satan mustered every ounce of strength he had to oppose the resurrection. He put all of his power, every one of his demonic forces, right in front of that tomb trying to block Jesus from coming out. Yet the power that raised Christ from the dead was much greater than all the force of the enemy. And now, as a born-again believer, you have that same power on the inside of you. That’s awesome!

It’s Your Choice!

 

Pastors Ron and Phyllis Lambright

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It’s Your Choice

God is not our problem. The only plans God has for you are Good Plans -

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

God didn’t predestinate anyone to be a mess. He didn’t predetermine anybody to be a failure. God has good plans for you. He has a plan and a destiny for every person. You didn’t happen accidentally. Whether your parents knew you were coming or not, God knew. He has a plan for you, and He didn’t plan for anyone to be mediocre or a failure. God didn’t plan the hurt and heartache that you’ve experienced. He didn’t plan the tragedy. If you had a terrible childhood, it wasn’t God who caused that to happen. It happened because people made poor choices using the free will God gave them. 

I take great comfort in knowing that God is a good God. Some have had family that died but God didn’t kill him. We have had negative circumstances happen in our lives. Sometimes we have been stolen from, lied about, blacklisted, spit on, and much, much more. Those things happened to us, but God didn’t order them. He’s not the One who caused our problems. At the very least it was the devil, and at least half the time, we were cooperating somehow to bring them to pass. It blesses me to know that God is not my problem. 

As I said, God is not our problem. He has not predestined any of us to be saved or lost. Jesus has provided by grace everything we will ever need. Our part is to accept by faith all He has provided through grace, whether that be salvation, healing, peace, joy or what ever we need. You have a choice to believe and receive all He has provided or to doubt and do without. Its Your choice!

God’s will is not automatic in your life. 
If you will cooperate in faith with all God has provided you will be blessed. Choose to receive by faith all that God has provided through grace.  If you believe the Word of God, you will receive. Resist the devil, love God and ask the holy Spirit to intercede with you and you will receive the good plans God has desired for you.

It’s your choice.

Understanding Grace and Faith

Pastors Ron and Phyllis Lambright

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Understanding Grace and Faith

We can become so familiar with a certain passage of scripture that we don’t really know what it says. We don’t pay attention to it anymore because it has become so common to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 has become one such passage for many believers.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

There are some profound truths revealed here, one of which is that we are saved by grace through faith.

The body of Christ is basically divided into two groups: Those who emphasize grace (what God does) and those who emphasize faith (what we do).

One group preaches that everything is totally up to God.  They say, “Everything is determined by the sovereignty of God. It’s whatever He chooses.” The other group teaches, “No, you have to do this and that, and this and that.”  

Those who preach man’s responsibility will normally say that those who teach that it’s just all up to God are totally wrong. Those who preach that it’s all up to God will teach against those who say man has some responsibility in the matter.

You might phrase this issue differently, but it all comes down to the question, “What do I do—what part is God’s part, and what part is mine?”

God’s Word clearly teaches a balance between grace and faith.

Even though the body of Christ typically divides into two camps—one emphasizing what God has to do, and the other emphasizing what we have to do—Ephesians 2:8-9 says that we are saved by grace through faith. We aren’t saved by one or the other.