Pastor David continues his teaching on power. This week we learn that power is mechanical and does not depend on us being "right" for it to be released. We see in the example of Moses, that despite disobeying God's command to speak to the rock (Numbers 20:8-12), when he struck the rock, water still came out. Again, we see that the woman with the issue of blood was able to receive power into her body for healing even when she was breaking the law of Moses. We learn that power is strength and what the equivalent of "striking the rock" again would mean today.
Minister Emelia exhorts us with 1 Peter 5:6 which urges believers to humble themselves "under the mighty hand of God". We learn how important it is to dethrone self dependancy by totally depending on God. This has great benefits to our spiritual and physical life. The scripture continues that we will be "exalted in due time" when we do this. When we throw our life into God, we are not thrown by Satan's devices and we are able to see things from a heavenly dimension. Brethren be encouraged and depend on the Holy Spirit
Pastor David reminds us of the ability and authority we have as sons of God. We learn that the source of our power is in being born from above (John 3:3). Being born from above means that we are above all (John 3:31). Brethren, as born again children of God we have been given so much, we must let what the word says about us be imprinted in our identity. Listen to this teaching, be convinced of who you are and walk in your power and authority!
Minister Yinka exhorts us with 1 Peter 2:1 encouraging us to live a lifestyle befitting to a Christian and to put away ungodly Characteristics. We are also encouraged to see the good in others and let our light shine for others to see.
Pastor David starting with Hebrews 11:6 shows us that it is faith that pleases God. There is nothing that can make God love us any more or any less, however if God can be pleased He can be displeased. We should want to please God and the Bible shows us how we can do that. We learn through looking at Abraham that it is faith in what Jesus has done that puts righteousness into our account, despite some of our bad behaviour. Conversely our good behaviour, holiness worship and performance is not what pleases Him. Brethren if you want God to be pleased simply believe in His word above your own mind or opinion. Make His word preeminent in your life and wow what a change you will see!
Minister Yinka exhorts us from 1 Peter 1:8. He encourages us to recognize how wonderful and precious the one we have not seen is. Although we have not seen him, Jesus is real, He loved us so much he died for us and gave us great power in this Earth. He has prepared a place for us and is always with us.
Pastor David concludes the Hardened Heart series by navigating through Matthew 17:18-19 and Mark 9:20-22, which details the account of the disciples inability to heal the "lunatick" boy. We come to understand that unbelief was the root of the disciples inability to heal him. They had healed people before and had expected to do it again but were puzzled as to why they failed this time. We learn that observation of the boys ailment strengthened their unbelief (sensory unbelief) and so they were unable to do as before. However, Jesus shows them that through prayer and fasting sensory unbelief can be diminished. Brethren it is important that we deal with the hardened sinful heart of unbelief so we can walk in victory, heal ourselves and heal others.
Pastor David shows us that 2 Chronicles 7: 14 does not apply to us. It states “if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Firstly this was said to the Jews under the old covenant and secondly God is not imputing sin to us (2 Cor 5:19-21) so this scripture cannot be relevant to us. We are reminded that understanding the context of scripture and the dispensation that we are in, will help us decipher what is relevant to us and what is not.
Pastor David, through Ephesians 3:19 shows us that there is a knowledge of God that passes the intellectual or head knowledge of Him. This type of knowledge is experiential knowledge of His love and is vital if we want to be filled with the fulness of God.
Minister Danielle, exhorts us with 1 Peter 4:8 which amplifies the importance of showing God kind of love amongst the brethren. The scripture says "above all things have fervent charity among yourselves..." Why should we do this above all things? Because we have the same father and are bonded by Christ himself. However, it is a choice to love this way. Too many of us rely on our natural responses but we need to change this and consciously decide to love one another. When this love is observed among us we are not publishing each others faults but covering them. This is a beautiful thing and mimics what Jesus has done for us.
Pastor David shows us through Exodus 12:11-19 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 the purpose of Communion. We learn that the passover was a foreshadowing of what Jesus did for us on the Cross. The same way that the blood brought salvation to the Israelites in Exodus is the same as how Jesus has brought us salvation by the shedding of his blood. The way that the body of the lamb gave the Israelites strength is the same way the broken body of Christ brought us strength/healing. Jesus is the lamb. Pastor David also explains how the taking of the Communion has been misinterpreted because of a misunderstanding of the term "unworthily". Brethren listen, be enlightened and get the benefit of the purpose of Communion.
Minister Emelia exhorts us with 1 Peter 1:3-5. Our salvation is not just something we see at the end when we die but our new life starts now! We are the glorious ones and we have have an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance, kept intact in Heaven. We are encouraged to see beyond our physical state and reminded that our new birth is by resurrection power. That resurrection power does not come and go but remains within us. We are further encouraged to push through every situation knowing we have victory because we have resurrection life and carry God's glory.