Archive for the ‘Power’ Category

November 7th, 2015

Revenge or Restoration?

“And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” Mark 10:42-45 (ESV)

James and John approach Jesus with an interesting request. They ask Him to grant them to sit at His right hand, presumably as a sign of special honor for them once Jesus has been raised and established as a political ruler (revealing a still false understanding of future events). Jesus challenges these two disciples, whom He loved, by rooting out the motivation for their request. Why did they want this honor? Why did they want this power? Was it to be in a position of influence to rule over people? Or was it to be in a position of power to help people?

You could understand, I think, why James and John would want earthly power, having been persecuted for following Jesus and likely economically or socially oppressed their whole lives as Jews under Roman rule. Yet, Jesus did not come in power to exact revenge;  He came to serve and restore.

The tendency of mankind is to find new and ingenious ways to rule over one another, seeing subjection of people as affirmation of one’s superiority to another. The more people we have looking to us, the more unique and special we feel. Truly, we seek to be like God. The message of Jesus, though, is not a means to get the same old thing, i.e. leverage over others. Rather, the message of Jesus suggests our chief goal is not ruling over one another but serving, knowing that ultimately God is the only one worthy of worship and devotion. Who will you serve today?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Mark, Power, Serve.
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September 27th, 2015

By My Spirit

“Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.’” Zechariah 4:6 (ESV)

The people of God were discouraged. It had been nearly 20 years since their return and, yet, the temple was still only a foundation. Powerful opposition had prevented them from rebuilding the hallmark of their faith and a symbol of God’s favor and presence among them. Zechariah, though, comes with powerful visions and a powerful word to help them overcome the devastation they felt as a people who had failed to accomplish their mission. He says to them (in my own words), “Do not fear what mortal men can do to you. They only have conventional powers at their disposal. The Lord, however, has no need for those things because He has the Spirit, and the Spirit is mightier than any force this world has!” His encouragement to them was also a reminder that if God wants something accomplished, He will accomplish it in His own time and with His own power. His people must simply trust and exhibit faith in that power as they obediently follow His calling.

Have you ever been discouraged in your walk with the Lord? Have you ever felt like He called you to a task surrounded by opposition and that you failed? Do not let the enemy or any conventional wisdom dismantle your sure faith in God’s ability in the midst of your obedience. If God gave you a vision to accomplish something for His Kingdom, then faithfully walk forward in that vision regardless of the conflict, knowing that you have the Spirit of God behind you and He will not be stopped!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Power, Spirit of God, Zechariah.
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July 25th, 2015

Our Almighty God!

“O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1 (ESV)

In chapter 25 of the book of Isaiah, we see the elders of Jerusalem mentioned in 24:23 singing a new song to the Lord of admiration and awe. The Lord has displayed His might and His glory, and His people have been humbled. How could they not be? Nations are falling around them at the pleasure of the Lord. He has faithfully provided for the needy in their land, countering the oppressive work of those who have misused their earthly authority. He has proven once again His sovereignty over all things and His plans to bring about His will for His glory and our good.

Seeing the work of the Lord is a humbling experience and should cause us to respond in adoration. How has the Lord worked mightily in your life? How has He shown Himself faithful in the midst of injustice? How has He protected you? Think on these things. Remember them, and respond in humble worship.

May we not lose sight of the power of the God we serve. He spoke and everything that is happened. Think of this kind of power. We have not seen anything close to the might of God, and yet with all of that power, the Lord does not reign over us without love and mercy. He comes as a Servant-King, calling us to worship as we are overwhelmed by His pursuit of us and faithful provision for us. The might of God served as a source of hope for the people of Israel in the Old Testament, promising to restore them to their land, and it has also proven valuable to us, as He used that power on display in Christ to overcome the comparatively impotent powers of sin and death.

Be overwhelmed by the might of our God and worship Him for how He has used it to save you!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Isaiah, Power, Praise.
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June 13th, 2014

Infused with Power

And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33 (ESV)

How is resurrection power evidenced in your life? The apostles demonstrated resurrection power as they testified of the bodily resurrection of the Lord. They combated immense opposition to share the gospel. They were willing to risk everything for the sake of witnessing to the reality of the resurrected Lord. As they gave witness of the Lord’s resurrection, the grace of God was upon them.

Could it be that God reserves His resurrection power for the most important task? Is it possible that God unleashes His resurrection power when you join Him in His redemptive activity? When you testify of His redeeming love, God releases His power in you to accomplish His task of spreading the fragrance of Christ. When you enter the spiritual battlefield for the souls of men, women, boys, and girls, God empowers you for the mission.

Are you attempting anything that requires resurrection power? Are you living on mission with God to the extent that you are desperate for His divine enabling? God has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). As you share the gospel, remember that it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).

There’s no need to be ashamed. Operate in the resurrection power God provides. Allow God to take you places you have never been in your love relationship with Him. Trust God to give you the boldness and the courage to confront the culture and to present the wonderful saving news of Jesus.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Holy Spirit, Power, Soulwinning.
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September 9th, 2013

Divine Enabling

“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33 (NIV)

How is resurrection power evidenced in your life? The apostles demonstrated resurrection power as they testified of the bodily resurrection of the Lord. They combated immense opposition to share the gospel. They were willing to risk everything for the sake of witnessing to the reality of the resurrected Lord. As they gave witness of the Lord’s resurrection, the grace of God was upon them.

Could it be that God reserves His resurrection power for the most important task? Is it possible that God unleashes His resurrection power when you join Him in His redemptive activity? When you testify of His redeeming love, God releases His power in you to accomplish His task of spreading the fragrance of Christ. When you enter the spiritual battlefield for the souls of men, women, boys, and girls, God empowers you for the mission.

Are you attempting anything that requires resurrection power? Are you living on mission with God to the extent that you are desperate for His divine enabling? God has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). As you share the gospel, remember that it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).

There’s no need to be ashamed. Operate in the resurrection power God provides. Allow God to take you places you have never been in your love relationship with Him. Trust God to give you the boldness and the courage to confront the culture and to present the wonderful saving news of Jesus.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Grace, Power, Soulwinning.
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August 7th, 2013

Effective Prayer

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV)

How can the prayer of one person be powerful and effective and the prayer of another person be weak and ineffective? The power hinges on the level of righteousness. When a person is positionally in a right standing before Almighty God, the prayer is infused with power. When a person is living in sin and chooses to rebel against God, the prayer is contaminated by the poison of sin.

God rewards righteous living. God is holy and expects His children to be holy (1 Peter 1:16) and to live a life of moral purity. Where there is purity, there is power!

  • “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.” Ps. 24:3-4 (NIV)
  • “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”      1 Tim. 2:8 (NIV)

Do you want your prayer to be powerful and effective? Examine your life and ask God to search your heart (Ps. 139:23). God wants you to have a vibrant prayer life. What is keeping your from having that kind of prayer life? Are you clean before God? Is there any unconfessed sin in your life? Are you harboring even a fraction of bitterness or resentment? Confess the sin God reveals and surrender to the Holy Spirit’s full control of your life.

Powerful and effective prayer comes through righteousness that only Christ can provide. Walk in the purity you have found in Christ.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Power, Prayer, Purity.
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April 28th, 2013

Resurrection Power

“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33 (NIV)

How is resurrection power evidenced in your life? The apostles demonstrated resurrection power as they testified of the bodily resurrection of the Lord. They combated immense opposition to share the gospel. They were willing to risk everything for the sake of witnessing to the reality of the resurrected Lord. As they gave witness of the Lord’s resurrection, the grace of God was upon them.

Could it be that God reserves His resurrection power for the most important task? Is it possible that God unleashes His resurrection power when you join Him in His redemptive activity? When you testify of His redeeming love, God releases His power in you to accomplish His task of spreading the fragrance of Christ. When you enter the spiritual battlefield for the souls of men, women, boys, and girls, God empowers you for the mission.

Are you attempting anything that requires resurrection power? Are you living on mission with God to the extent that you are desperate for His divine enabling? God has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). As you share the gospel, remember that it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).

There’s no need to be ashamed. Operate in the resurrection power God provides. Allow God to take you places you have never been in your love relationship with Him. Trust God to give you the boldness and the courage to confront the culture and to present the wonderful saving news of Jesus.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Power, Resurrection, Witnessing.
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November 7th, 2012

Revenge or Restoration?

“And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” Mark 10:42-45 (ESV)

James and John approach Jesus with an interesting request. They ask Him to grant them to sit at His right hand, presumably as a sign of special honor for them once Jesus has been raised and established as a political ruler (revealing a still false understanding of future events). Jesus challenges these two disciples, whom He loved, by rooting out the motivation for their request. Why did they want this honor? Why did they want this power? Was it to be in a position of influence to rule over people? Or was it to be in a position of power to help people?

You could understand, I think, why James and John would want earthly power, having been persecuted for following Jesus and likely economically or socially oppressed their whole lives as Jews under Roman rule. Yet, Jesus did not come in power to exact revenge;  He came to serve and restore.

The tendency of mankind is to find new and ingenious ways to rule over one another, seeing subjection of people as affirmation of one’s superiority to another. The more people we have looking to us, the more unique and special we feel. Truly, we seek to be like God. The message of Jesus, though, is not a means to get the same old thing, i.e. leverage over others. Rather, the message of Jesus suggests our chief goal is not ruling over one another but serving, knowing that ultimately God is the only one worthy of worship and devotion. Who will you serve today?

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 304:  Matthew 19; Mark 10)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Mark, Power, Serve.
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September 27th, 2012

“By My Spirit, Declares the Lord of Hosts!”

“Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.’” Zechariah 4:6 (ESV)

The people of God were discouraged. It had been nearly 20 years since their return and, yet, the temple was still only a foundation. Powerful opposition had prevented them from rebuilding the hallmark of their faith and a symbol of God’s favor and presence among them. Zechariah, though, comes with powerful visions and a powerful word to help them overcome the devastation they felt as a people who had failed to accomplish their mission. He says to them (in my own words), “Do not fear what mortal men can do to you. They only have conventional powers at their disposal. The Lord, however, has no need for those things because He has the Spirit, and the Spirit is mightier than any force this world has!” His encouragement to them was also a reminder that if God wants something accomplished, He will accomplish it in His own time and with His own power. His people must simply trust and exhibit faith in that power as they obediently follow His calling.

Have you ever been discouraged in your walk with the Lord? Have you ever felt like He called you to a task surrounded by opposition and that you failed? Do not let the enemy or any conventional wisdom dismantle your sure faith in God’s ability in the midst of your obedience. If God gave you a vision to accomplish something for His Kingdom, then faithfully walk forward in that vision regardless of the conflict, knowing that you have the Spirit of God behind you and He will not be stopped!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 263:  Zechariah 1-4)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Power, Spirit of God, Zechariah.
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July 25th, 2012

Our Almighty God!

“O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1 (ESV)

In chapter 25 of the book of Isaiah, we see the elders of Jerusalem mentioned in 24:23 singing a new song to the Lord of admiration and awe. The Lord has displayed His might and His glory, and His people have been humbled. How could they not be? Nations are falling around them at the pleasure of the Lord. He has faithfully provided for the needy in their land, countering the oppressive work of those who have misused their earthly authority. He has proven once again His sovereignty over all things and His plans to bring about His will for His glory and our good.

Seeing the work of the Lord is a humbling experience and should cause us to respond in adoration. How has the Lord worked mightily in your life? How has He shown Himself faithful in the midst of injustice? How has He protected you? Think on these things. Remember them, and respond in humble worship.

May we not lose sight of the power of the God we serve. He spoke and everything that is happened. Think of this kind of power. We have not seen anything close to the might of God, and yet with all of that power, the Lord does not reign over us without love and mercy. He comes as a Servant-King, calling us to worship as we are overwhelmed by His pursuit of us and faithful provision for us. The might of God served as a source of hope for the people of Israel in the Old Testament, promising to restore them to their land, and it has also proven valuable to us, as He used that power on display in Christ to overcome the comparatively impotent powers of sin and death.

Be overwhelmed by the might of our God and worship Him for how He has used it to save you!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 199:  Isaiah 23-27)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Isaiah, Power, Praise.
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