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Facing Your Jerusalem

 

SERIES – The Power of Adventurous Faith

 

Acts 1:1-5 NIV

1     In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach

2     until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

3     After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

4     On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

5     For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

 

Acts 10:44 NIV – While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

 

John 3:8 NIV – The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

 

John 20:19 NIV – On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

 

Psalm 55:6 NIV – I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest–

 

You never FAIL until you QUIT.

 

Don’t let SUCCESS go to your HEAD.

Don’t let FAILURE go to your HEART.

 

How to handle failure

  1. Don’t INTERNALIZE or EXTERNALIZE your failure.
  2. Failure is the path to SUCCESS.
  3. See failure as an ISOLATED INCIDENT and not a LIFELONG EPIDEMIC.
  4. Don’t try to do God’s WORK without God’s POWER.

 

The problem with Christians is not that they don’t HAVE the power of God in their lives but they don’t USE the power of God in their lives.

 

The power of God is activated through BELIEF.

 

Luke 11:13 NIV – If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

John 1:12 NIV – Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–

 

For the DEMANDS of life, the Holy Spirit ENERGIZES you.

For the DECISIONS of life, the Holy Spirit ENLIGHTENS you.

For the DESPONDENCIES of life, the Holy Spirit ENCOURAGES you.

For the DONATIONS of life, the Holy Spirit ENDORSES you.

 

Ezekiel 37:4-10 NIV4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.'” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet–a vast army.

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