Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Lord's Power is Available

Photo by Bronson ABbott
Scripture: Acts 9:40-41
But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.

Insights: Sunday morning I preached a sermon in which I shared one of the aspects of a Rabbi selecting a disciple was the belief that the disciple could do what the Rabbi did.  In essence, Peter knew he could heal people and raise the dead because he observed his Rabbi, Jesus, healing and raising the dead.  Notice with me the “technique” he used.  It is almost identical to the “technique” Jesus used to raise Jairus’ daughter.  I put “technique” in quotes because there is not a “technique” to raising a person from the dead.  There is only One who can raise a person from the dead and that is the Lord God.  Peter does not have the power to raise Tabitha from the dead.  The Spirit which resides in him is the One who has the power to raise Tabitha from the dead because the Spirit is God.  The point I am really desiring to make is if we have an abiding relationship with the Lord, then we have access to the same kind of power that raised Tabitha from the dead.  I think the issue of the modern day church is we have forgotten how to actually live by faith.  We have forgotten what it means to walk in complete obedience and dependence on the Lord God.  If the church of today is going to have any major impact on the world at large, then we need to return to Christ Jesus.  We need to walk humbly with our God and obey every command He gives to us, even the commands that sound foolish or impossible.  Let us walk in complete obedience to the Lord and His mighty power.

1. Are you walking in the power of the Lord?
2. If you are not, what is hindering you from dropping your guard and surrendering to the Lord?

Prayer: Father, I do desire power.  I do not want power for the sake of power, but rather for the ability to point others to You just as Peter has done in the verses we have looked at today.  May my life be pleasing in Your sight as I walk in the power You have given me.  Amen.

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