The Year of Activation

The Year of Activation

Our church has an impossible assignment. We are commanded to love the Lord God first and above all, to love people like Jesus loves, and to change the world for Christ. All of these are humanly impossible to accomplish by our strength or power!!!

But when God gives an impossible assignment, He equips and empowers for that assignment to be accomplished. He provides all the resources of heaven for us to obey that command and fulfill our destiny.  Now you know why God gave us a promise at the very start –

It’s not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.”

We need the Holy Spirit to be in us and upon us… and He is, isn’t He? The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in us! The Holy Spirit isn’t just in you for display or deposit. He is in you so others can see Him. The Holy Spirit is in you, and He wants out. He wants others to see that you are transformed, and that you love Him with everything you got, and that love you have for people is the same love Jesus has. The Holy Spirit is in you so others will say “Surely, the Lord is with that person.”

Because God has given us a humanly impossible assignment, He gives us the Holy Spirit. Immanuel God is with us. And if God is for us, who can be against us? Is anything too hard for the Lord?

So, be ready. This is the Year of Activation.  And Immanuel God is with us.

 

“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him…” Acts 10:38

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” John 14:12-14

The Impossible Happened

The Impossible Happened

After waiting for thousands of years, what before was impossible with man finally became possible.

When we sinned, God no longer walked with us. God hid his face from us because of the sin that so defiles each of us. No matter what we did, our sins always stuck to us. No man can say he doesn’t have any sin. And no man can truly erase his sins and make himself right with God. Humanly speaking, forgiveness and a clean slate is impossible to do.  And because of sin, the whole natural world fell into chaos, decay and death.

But everything changed that night when Jesus was born as a baby. Finally, man was able to see the face of God and intimacy between us and God was possible once more. And when Jesus died on the cross 33 years later, He redeemed man from sin, and He defeated its spiritual and natural effects.

In fact, Jesus himself said that “humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Jesus made the impossible happen: He forgave your sins and defeated its power over you! Now God no longer hides His face from you. He now walks and talks with you. He is with you now through eternity. Wow, that’s a very good news!

And while He was on earth, Jesus showed his power to redeem and deal with sin and its power. He demonstrated that He is the Lord of creation and everything physical, the waves, the wind, and the fig tree obeyed Him. He did the impossible wherever He went. He showed His power over diseases, curses and death – all physical natural effects of sin and the Fall.

Jesus challenged his listeners: which is easier to see, that He can forgive sins, or He can make the lame walk? So to make his point stick, he forgave the lame man and made him walk! (Matthew 9:5-6).

So, if Jesus already made the impossible happen – of forgiving your sins and defeating its power, it would not be difficult for Him Jesus to also heal your diseases, to give you abundant life, to bring you peace and freedom from bondage, and to make you a world-changer! Isn’t that good news that brings you great joy?

Luke 2:10-11 But the angel reassured them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”

Psalm 145:8-9 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.