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John Bradshaw

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  • August 17, 2020
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I want to thank you for joining me let's pray as we take the Bible open the Bible let God speak to hots pray Father in heaven in the name of Jesus we come to you speak to our hot thank you for giving us peace in a troubled world let you would be powerful in our experience no and always we pray in Jesus name Amen I can tell you exactly how long ago it was it was December the year was 2002 I remember that vividly because my wife was great with child expecting our daughter who is now Shannon son was 2 and a half years old or very close to it and we were living in the Thai Heel state in the great state of North Carolina in North Carolina the weather in December can do just about anything I have worn a short sleeves a week before Christmas in North Carolina but then again it can be like it was in 2002 there was an ice storm and the temperatures were just for a Jude Now if you have never lived through an ice storm you need to know they can be a lot of fun to start with freezing rain folds and then ice forms on everything when the sun shines it's as pretty as a picture. But after a while all that ice starts weighing things down trees will eventually crash to the ground Hello lines will fall transformers will. Do that and then there's a power outage and life without power when it is 22 degrees outside and will be for who knows how long can rapidly get interesting no act at time we had neighbors across the road they had gas heat in their house gas hot water they were fine we did not and so therefore we. Now we were fine for a while house stayed warm for a time as the temperature dropped we put on more and more clothes and we put more and more blankets on the bed and we lit candles full line it's a little boy thought it was a great adventure and it was for a matter of some hours but man it didn't take long and we wanted the power. To be re stored I think we toughed it out for about 3 days but you can only last so long without power in the winter before you freeze to death so we accepted the offer of some kind friends and we went and spent the night in their home because without power we were in real trouble now as it happened the power actually came back on less than an hour after we left our house for a friend's place but we didn't know that until the next day you know that power didn't matter how nice your dishwasher is doesn't matter how our new your clothes dryer is. Does not matter how good your oven is or how pretty your light fixture is because without power. And nothing's going to happen what if you've ever been without power can't cook. Heat your home can't do much of anything now when I was a child we would have power cuts with some frequency and I don't know if it was because I was especially gullible or simply because you get into a groove you know and I remember my father saying to me and by the way the reason they were power cuts with frequency it's not that we were living in the wilds It's just that that's the way it was you know what I say some frequency I remember them to this day my dad would say what John wanted to get and put the water on and boil us water for a cup of tea I'd jump up and run over to get. Got me or dad might say John you know there's nothing to do it be nice to listen to those in the radio want you to the radio on outbound up to the roof. Got me again you know while it's one thing to be without power in your house it's a whole lot more serious when you are without power in your lives. What happens when temptation comes and you are powerless to do anything to resist it what happens when you are in a situation that calls for a certain moral or ethical decision to be made but you don't seem to have the ability to make that decision what happens when you need some backbone. And you're like a jellyfish and invertebrates all of a sudden what happens in a person's life spiritually when there's no power. The question is where and how do you get the power interesting world we live in a lot of talk about power energy politicians talk a lot about where we're going to get out power from the green energy industry is growing it's common to see wind farms now great big windmills dotting the countryside harnessing the power of nature. To generate power in Europe you see these things in the sea catching the energy of the wind tuning it into power what else do we have coal fired power plants then not so popular anymore because we are concerned now in general as a society about some of the. Well some of the pollution aspects of coal fired power stations I grew up on a river and I mean 565 feet from the river bank it's exact and that river was dammed up here and here and here with hydroelectric power stations and so the force of the rushing water was used to generate power. What else do we use there are geothermal power stations there was one not far from where I was raised and it used the heat from under the ground in the steam coming up out the ground to generate power. And then there's nuclear power as you know oh that's great stuff great stuff it's pretty cheap it's very efficient. But it does come with a little downside called nuclear waste and sure no ball and Fukushima and 3 Mile Island have shown us that there are some has it's involved with nuclear power until recently to a guy family x. Well when I say family and my wife's side I think it's fair that I point that out he used to drive a taxi and he powered it for some time with used cooking oil to how he did that that's what he told me he did he told us he said one good thing about running the taxi on used cooking oil was that the taxi smelled like fried food and so it was common for a passenger beginning the taxi to be taken home sit there for a couple of minutes smelling that fried food smell and then it asa taxi driver stop so I can buy some fast food taxi driver or get another 5 dollars or $10.00 out of the fare because of all of the extra time that it took people have become creative with this. If you want to get so creative in Bridgeport the months a dairy farm the figured out he could extract me Thane gas from Kalman us and use it to power a generator powers $330.00 homes to one of the I don't know what the passengers there think of the smell. Didn't tell me about that but in your life what do you do thought power. In your life what you do for spiritual. Power because we need power Romans one and verse 16 says this This is Paul speaking. And not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe and my expectation is that you've heard this said many many times the Greek would use there and rendered as power in English is the would do none this which is where Mr know Bill who invented dynamite got the wood for Dynamite from the Greek word for power do not miss So when Paul said the Gospel is the power of God under celebration we're taking a little license with this if you like but he is saying this this is the dynamite you know I'm connecting some dots here this I dynamite power in the Word of God for salvation Evidently there is power in the Word of God what's that power for it is power to save it is power to remake it is power to trends form and I want you to I want to tell you about faith in God something I think important about faith in God faith in God brings with it a power to transform life they might not be power in the face but faith lays hold on the power of God I want to challenge you a little today. If you've ever done anything in life that was worth doing you studied medicine or you learned to fly a plane or you learned to sew or you learned to build. Another language you pushed yourself you might have encountered frustrations but you pushed yourself you had times in class when you said I don't know anything about this I don't know what to do but you pushed on through that frequently students are motivated to achieve excellence so they can be the best they can be and do the most amount of good and be the greatest influence the change possible now as we meet together right now I want to ask you to push yourself spiritually I want to challenge you to be all that you can be spiritually and you'll find out I'm not referring to salvation by works not at all but when you make yourself available to Jesus Christ when you begin to experience the power of God's would your life when you yield to the presence of Christ you are going to see God do things in your life that you might never have imagined possible let me push you that idea just for a moment about pushing yourself my wife and I we stopped at his National Park in Utah once and there's a strange custom in Utah it seems at least among people who go to just national park and that custom is lying if you have a walk to the delicate necks that one shaped like this it's a thing of beauty and has a name the delicate if you've walked to it it's a Salonga on a gradual flat but gradually inclining road if you go there one is remotely hot they tell you take water take water you need to take water it can seem like you never going to get there I don't know how long the walk takes really not very long not very long though as we walked. We encountered somebody coming how much further they said 5 minutes book right 5 minutes we'll tell you how we did that is 8 minutes later another couple come towards us. Heading to the Delicate Arch how long they said. 5 minutes Ok 5 minutes 10 minutes later we can do another couple and we said don't tell us 5 minutes right and they said. 5 minutes. How do you know. We could turn around and gone back we could have done that easy and please all the most of us most grueling walk in the world it's not I mean intimate that it is but when you're walking into a destination you know you might say it's time to go back we've done enough we had to head it tied with the city but you push on right when we walked up that final incline and around the Little been. Bit was the delicate. Time back the walking cotton forgotten completely it was worth it now I would like to float past you the idea that pressing forward and stretching yourself spiritually is not an un-Biblical idea spiritual growth will not come easy to you resisting temptation takes something dealing with disappointment takes something it just does tell you one of the most remarkable things that I've ever seen in my life and that was the process of childbirth when my wife gave birth to our 1st child I mean seconds too but 1st time around it's like this is old news. I don't need to explain to you how difficult childbirth can be. And my wife was very blessed you know on the continuum it wasn't the the wouldst childbirth experience by any stretch of imagination but oh my word it was you know how do I say this delicately it's tough giving giving birth to a child. The most phenomenal thing I think I might have ever seen a mind to life was that moment the child was born my son our son was born and then placed on my wife's chanced the anguish and the pain and the difficulty for God You know I understand that God has worked some of that out the way he's constructed the human body and work out various chemical processes but God. You know no health how few children would ever have been born if mother said you know what let's not go through this was really an option if you get a 3rd of the way through the delivery and so you know what. Maybe maybe the human race would have died out by now I don't know. But a mother giving good hangs in the you know hangs in the hands and hangs in there and it can be a particularly difficult experience but man the way this can be. Gotten because now you have the baby now you have the prize now you have the result of all of that. Spiritually speaking there is a time and we will talk about the house of this. Words important to push yourself stretch yourself say you know I have this bad temper but I want to get that thing worked out I had this pretty lection to use language I shouldn't use but I don't want to speak that way anymore your frustration level rises it's appropriate to say to God we've got to work this out so that I am no longer that person lots of people quit and the reason they quit is because they never figure out how to experience the power of dogs would let me tell you something when you realize the gospel is the power of God and to salvation of the Bible will come alive in your experience gone it will be real to you you will never question whether you're forgiven you'll never stop to waste your time and everyone's time asking yourself if God loves you you won't have to wonder how or if you can have the assurance of salvation when the power of God floods you live you're going to experience victory where you might once have been experiencing abject defeat and so right now let's establish where the power is Jesus said you find in the would have God in Matthew chapter $28.18. All power in heaven and earth is given to me so in order to experience the power of God What we really want to go experience is the presence of God the presence of Jesus Christ the presence of God in a person's life is what brings transform nation now what I have perceived is that a lot of believers today very sure how this works another thing I perceive is that a lot of unbelievers or nonbelievers attracted to the Christian experience because they too don't understand what Christianity is they think Christianity is about being stuffy and Staci and being good and having fun and going to church instead of going to the bar for some of them go to the church and. They feel like it's just this stiff thing that don't have any relevance to a person's life look I want to share with you how this works now I was raised by a very good man a very good woman for that matter but my dad was a good man he was a Roman Catholic and whether it was his fault or the fault of the nuns or of the fold of the priests when it was simply my fault I don't know but I was raised to believe that if you're good enough you get to go to heaven it doesn't take long for that to become a hopeless sort of spiritual existence try and fail try and fail try and fail and what most people do what many people do is that they just keep on trying. And they keep on trying and they keep on failing some people say well it means what when when Jesus said If you love me keep my commandments I've been trying to do that for so long and I've been failing for so long maybe he doesn't really mean what he says and a lot of people simply say I read the Bible with new eyes God doesn't mean what he says that calamitous But then you get the honest ones and the almost one's come to the logical conclusion that it simply doesn't work trying and failing trying and failing trying to be good trying to be good trying to be good trying really hard to be good if they're honest they say just doesn't work and so the onus ones bail out and they go on without God they know they ought to be something they know they ought to be living a certain way but they're not getting there they are not making the grade they realize that they simply are not good enough to many of us have that experience too many of God's speedball had that experience too many people in the world not in the church have that experience where they think I'm a failure it's never going to work out too many people lose hope because they make mistakes ruin a situation fail again and again and then they lose hope and often even give up on life what it pours enrolments one of those 16 I'm not ashamed of the gospel. Because it is the power of God on to salvation Ok You know what we need to do we need to identify what the Gospel is so let's turn to 1st Corinthians and Chapter 15 1st Corinthians Chapter 15. And. Just because you want to. Pick up a Bible and then read from an i Pad. You know I hope you wouldn't ask such American questions it's just easier for me to see the i Pad It's easy you can't do this on a book but you can on a screen so let's do this the Gospel 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 this one more of the Brethren I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you which also you have received and where you stand here it is I preach to you the gospel. By which also yes say if you keep in memory what I preached to you unless you have believed in vain all right he is the gospel it's by the this that you must say those 3 For I delivered unto you 1st of all that which I also received here it is how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures Now I go to pick carefully my spots the stopping and starting here what's the gospel he starts with this Christ died for our sins I wonder if we had a part of a conversation I said to you tell me tell me what your faith is all about where is it stop take me right to the beginning I want to say Christ died for my sins Jesus died for my sins in other words my sins have been died for I have a Savior not I hope I have a Savior not maybe I have a Savior not if I'm good enough I have a savior I have a savior his name is Jesus he died for my sins my sins had been taken care of by the death of Jesus All right what else is the gospel about. It says Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and so the death of Jesus was full cost it was predicted they looked at the head the patriarchs of old and they said Messiah will come and Messiah will die so Jesus this great Jesus came right on time maybe I even jumped ahead Christ died for our sins who is that Christ means messiah Ah but who is that the scent of God who was the Messiah the Messiah was Jesus the divine Son of Almighty God the perfect one who left Heaven came to work there was no sin in him he took our sins so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him This Jesus died for us men what does it tell you about a holy God e.g. start scratching the surface of this and you discover that you are loved you're not an afterthought you haven't been forgotten God's eye is on you heaven will do everything it has to do to make sure that you are saved and that you are not lost Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that he was buried it was dead verily Doug you know what I love it I love it how we call people scholars. Look at all scholars now not by any chance but somebody says you know the Bible says that Jesus was buried but I don't think so and that person's ace gonna know you might call that person a fool if you want. To send it don't have to be if he could be mistaken he could be confused he could be out to lunch he could be ignoring the truth ignoring the facts how can you have a Bible saying that Jesus was buried Scala come along as well no he didn't really die and he wasn't really. Thank God we don't have to dig down too far to that he was buried he was dead he verily gave his life for my sin and then he rose again the 3rd day according to the script Jesus tries over the grave he triumphed over sin and then it says he was seen enough that by sea for us and then all of the 12 and so on and on and on and on the Gospel this is the story that ought to set us alike it is the power of God under salvation Jesus came to this world the perfect for the input of the sinless for the sinful God for Humanity the creator for the creation Jesus left Heaven above came down somehow through this grand impossible miracle of the income nation Jesus was born as a baby and then he grew to be a man who bore our sins took them to the cross he died rose again so that now he can give to us His righteousness What a story it is the power of God and to salvation ladies and gentlemen let me tell you the Gospel cannot just be a theory it cannot it cannot just be a story you've got to live it you've got to experience it you've got to possess it and it's got to possess you what a story God offers you life no you don't deserve it and no I don't but God offers you life Christ died for our sin. And then we the worst person in the world Jesus died for that person sins that person can go free through faith in Jesus Christ now he was 4 and those 12 says that the Word of God is quick. It's living and powerful and shop that a 2 edged sword look there is power power in the wood of God There is power let's talk about power I'm going to tell you why there is power in the Word of God Let's go now by Bo's to Genesis chapter one and we start verse one in the beginning God created heaven and now I want to pick a fight with you but if you are not a creationist if you aren't evolution is then I have no idea how you can ever expect to experience power because the power in God's Word that remakes us is that same creative power that was resident in God when right back in the beginning in verse 3 God said Let there be light the 1st C'mon given in Scripture let there be light it let's turn this a little bit if there is Doc missing your life God has already spoken and said Let there be light if there's weakness in your life God is already spoken as it let there be light if there is confusion in your life God has already spoken as it let there be a light originated creation and so when you are sinful and weak and Irving and stumbling and not good enough and all of those things are true about you. You can remember it was God's idea to initiate the creation of this world it was God's idea to initiate the plan of salvation God stepped in and what did he step in for he stepped into savior he stepped in to make a difference he stepped into it and used the power of heaven into a person's why people say oh I am weak Yes you know weak What do you expect and there's no spiritual gym where you can go and you do could always and and bench presses and all arrested and become spiritual strong it didn't work like that you are weak What do we need when we are weak we need power boost power God's power where do we get it we get it in Jesus how do we receive it sure receiving is would by faith because what did God say to Paul Paul despaired he prayed 3 times God said cease and desist and then he said to Paul my strength is made perfect in we can nest when God speaks. There is how God said Let the earth bring forth grass the hook yielding seed and so forth and it was we're gonna love that phrase together and it was gotta love it the Bible says that God said Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night and it was some Wow God speaks and something out of you getting the picture there is power in the Word of God You need the Word of God in you and then there is power and by the way don't be thinking I can have the would have gotten me in this is going to go sliding right on but I will remain unchanged you must not you just must not I read where somebody wrote that the Gospel contemplates our complete recovery from the power of Satan. Don't think about that with me the gospel contemplates our complete recovery from the power of Satan that's what God will do God said what else to God say Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature and you know what happened it happened just as God said Let the earth bring forth the living creature of his kind and God saw that it was good this is what happened when God spoke some thing have Penn want to show you another account of this we go to Matthew Matthew Chapter 8 a chapter of the Gospel of Matthew who has story this is a beautiful story it starts with Jesus and countering a leper who say Lord if you're willing you can make me clean and Jesus said I'm willing be clean bone he was healed of his terminal illness right away but when Jesus was entering Capernaum Matthew 8 in verse 5 they came unto him the same cheery and beseeching him and saying a lot my servant lies at home sick of the polls he grievously told me that and Jesus being Jesus said I'll come I'll come I'll come and heal him. But the man said a lot I'm not woody that you should come under my roof notice what he said but speak. Only and my servant shall be healed from the man under authority are not soldiers working for me if I say go he goes to another and come here he comes if I say to this fellow do this he does it look I know how this works understand chain of command I give orders they are carried out. All you got to do is give the order and it'll be carried out and Jesus heard this and he model what do you got to do to make Jesus model he marveled and he said to them that followed verily I say unto you I have not found so great faith no not in Israel ladies and gentlemen there is power in the Word of God He just thinks and some thing have. This power in Jesus doesn't it suggest to you that we need to do something about the way we're organizing our lives right now because if we're not spending time in the wood if we're not reading it and feeding on it if we're not absorbing it if we're not listening to the voice of Christ of course there's going to be no power in our life of course we're going to be Rick will remain unchanged it's going to be as though we never heard the name of Jesus you're going to be that want to goes to church and on his way home screams at his or her spouse and screams at the kids and yells at the neighbor honks the person travelling and people are going to say wherever he goes wherever she goes to church not for us but when you receive Christ and His would in your life that bring a power in the on line and so far I've made this sound I feel very self centered you can be powerful you can do you can be nothing there's anything wrong with that if we frame that correctly but what about this what has God called us to in this world he's called us to reflect to the world the character of Jesus how do you do that without Jesus in your life where is the power for that same place in Christ in the wood of God When we receive from God All of that it's then that we will manifest the character of Jesus it's the in that the character of Jesus will be seen in our lives why were in Matthew chapter 20 Matthew let's go to Matthew chapter 21. There's a perplexing story here. It's perplexing until you figure it out to be the last thought I share with you Matthew $21.00 of those 12 it says and Jesus went into the temple of God and cost out all them that sold and brought him to the temple and overthrew the tables of the money changes and the seats of them that sold doves kicked him out he said to them it is written as a good verse he said to them it is written my house shall be called the house of Priya you have made it a den of thieves the Blind in the lame came to him in the temple and he healed then you have a wonder about that you should have you ever wondered how Jesus could get away with going to the temple turning over the money changes to have those outta here oh that's like he owned the place kicked him out his folks and then making money they were merchandising Jesus boosted them out and wonder of wonders for some odd reason they scattered like cockroaches when you turn on the light Why'd they do that no it's not because Jesus was a great big muscle bound man all that you going to say or he fashioned a something or other into a little whip and Iran away from the man with the whip honest question on a squishy I don't mean to be secular just a disrespectful one in somebody just walk up to Jesus and punch him or out a nose and knock him down and drag him out who did he think he was in the eyes of others that he could get away with that. Nobody did that certainly wasn't in accordance with God's plan but the other times are going to throw him off a cliff so on. I gain this insight but by reading a radius and a book and the. Made this statement and I've got to believe it's true the oldest said that the people in that sample fled from the condemnation of his presence but you think about that their own from an angry men know that they're angry men and they had their own from a big man though they were big and ended their run from a strong man Undoubtedly they were stronger man humanly physically speaking why they run they fled from the condemnation of his presence the temple they were sinners in their Jesus entered in and the sin is left what do you the Bible says that your body is the that's right the temple the temple of the Holy Spirit if sin gets in there what's the answer if you get Jesus in that sin is going to flee from the condemnation of his presence it's like bringing Jesus to sin is like putting a Norton on the wrong post together on a magnet and you know I said that because I forgot which in which the just one drives the other away Jesus in your life Dr sin away no that's not to say you ice it like that all Jesus came to my life last not I haven't had a bad thought ever since. Because even when Jesus comes into your life you get a little learning to do an awful lot of growing to do. When Jesus comes into your life the sin in your life must flee from the condemnation of his presence he lets stop shall we trying to be good enough for him and we can be his only one good enough for heaven and that's Jesus and he comes into your life he brings his goodness he brings his righteousness he brings his presence. He brings his power and you begin to experience a brand new life a brand new experience a brand new day and a whole new future we want to experience the power of God Let's pray together now tell Father and our God. In Jesus Name we look to you we are grateful saw the God we cannot go a moment without your power. Which means we can go a moment without your presence the toaster does not work unless it's plugged in Lord plug us in to your hot through you would we thank you we love you we ask you a blessing in Jesus name. A main Thank you God bless you.

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