14 Apr 2013 Service – Kong Hee
The Power of Faith
Material things are replaceable! But once our faith is gone, our life is over.
God cannot and will not answer your prayers if it is not from an attitude of faith. The kingdom of God is built on the positive.
Faith will attract God’s blessings to you. Do not fear, only believe.
Do we still believe in Repentance?
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Rev 2:,5 3:19
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 3-4
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. Mk 12:30 – with ALL.. First commandment
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. Jn 14:15
We are made up of Spirit, Soul and Body
#1 Justification relates to our legal position
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Eph2:8 – have been saved (past)… Relates to our spirit man
Justification deals with the penalty of sin.
#2 Sanctification relates to our living condition
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18 – are being saved (present)… Relates to soul, personality.
We are not perfect, God wants to transform our emotions, our will.
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
Sanctification deals with the power of sin.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:7-10
#3 Glorification relates to our external exaltation
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Rom 5:9 – shall be saved (future)… Relates to our body.
Glorification deals with the presence of sin.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Mt 5:6
A man was getting married to his wife on his wedding day. However after the wedding, he told her that now all her wealth and parent’s inheritance belonged to him as well. He did not really love her, he did not want to communicate and live with her, but got married just for the benefits it brought. How do you feel about this man? Angry? Disgusted?
But wait, look in the mirror. Isn’t it the same for some of us, with regard to our relationship with God? Some of us don’t really love God wholeheartedly, we don’t pray or communicate with him. Some of us barely commit our time to church and cell groups. We are too lazy to serve, too busy for quiet time. We just want His blessings, His miracles, His promises, His healing… all of His benefits.
Let us not be like the man in the story but one who truly loves God.
6 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Cor 6:1
Gods love to us… Our obedience to him.