Good evening, everyone! We’ve made it to another another month. It is now May. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and remembered to take in all of God’s amazing blessings and mercies. He’s so worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise.
Let’s end this weekend with another delicious morsel. Here’s are notes from another sermon by Jeremiah Bowser. This one is powerful.
God sees you as a huge potential. The plan of God for your life will blow your mind.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
I Peter 2:9 NKJV
That’s who we are. This is what God sees. Great things come when we understand this. We are world changers. We have the seed of God in us and that makes us very strong. Don’t let your mind convince you otherwise. Unlike God we have a memory of the past that reminds us of who we were. What we are now is in Christ. When we grasp this powerful things will happen. He wants to use you.
“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”
Genesis 11:1-9 NKJV
They developed a new method of construction and the building would go higher than before. God loves new methods. We’re all building something, a legacy, a business. The problem was the people wanted to make a name for themselves. God is always interest in what his children are doing. The enemy would love to show us that there are things that keep us apart. He wants to destroy us through our pride. God can’t work with us if we’re in the kingdom for ourselves. There’s been a massive shift with people perusing things that don’t matter. We are made to think that recognition is important. It happens naturally if we’re not aware of it. We have a role to play in our kingdom lives.
“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.””
Acts 3:1-6 NKJV
That same power and authority lives in us.
“And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
Acts 3:7-10 NKJV
The power of God is on display. People began to look around for who was responsible.
“Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.”
Acts 3:11 NKJV
Strike while the iron’s hot. God used Peter as he will also use us. It’s human nature to be attracted to the marvelous and miraculous. We have to decide who gets the glory: us or God.
“So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
Acts 3:12-16 NKJV
Peter dropped a truth bomb. It was all about Jesus in that moment. Thousands came to Jesus after that. What’s really valuable? What are we living for?
“Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it. ” So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made. And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.”
I Kings 18:25-29 NKJV
The prophets of Baal tried to get him to bring down fire. Elijah even mocked them. The prophets continued all day.
“Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.” Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord ; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “ Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord , hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord , He is God! The Lord , He is God!””
I Kings 18:30-39 NKJV
Elijah took a great risk and it led to a great reward. He poured water all over the wood and sacrifice. Elijah wanted everyone to know who the real God was. Elijah was selfless, and lived for a kingdom purpose. The fire of the Lord came and consumed everything. Everyone fell down to the Lord. Great things are coming form your lives, but it’s it’s up to you to keep your motives pure. We need the fire of God. God has already given it to us, but we must do it the right way. We’re either building a tower or an alter.