NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
We must remember who we are to one another in the body of Christ, how we are to operate in this world, understanding our relationship one with another and with God. This is the great challenge.
The grace of God is greater than the challenge!
The METHOD has changed somewhat. Although a little more difficult, the MISSION/plan of God has not changed. (see last week’s message, “Restoring our true identity”)
The enemy is a master-mind and is geared up with great intensity
The spirit of antichrist is in the world, even before the physical manifestation in the world There is evidence of things that come against Christ and the things that are authorized by the word of God.
Daniel prophesied that the devil will try to wear out the saints (Daniel 7:25) quote here
I. It is important to keep our focus, remembering Jesus’ words “in this world but not of this world”. (1John 4:17,18, 21 ) Herein is our love made perfect, as He Is, so are we in this world. He that loveth God loveth his brother also.
He that believeth on me, The works that I do you shall do and greater works than these shall ye do also, and greater works than these… (John 14:12)
If we lose our focus, we can distract ourselves and easily be drawn into the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, etc
II. KNOW WHO Jesus is!.
Be reminded of Who Jesus is based on Who He says He is,
“I am Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end” the Almighty God (Rev, 21:6, 22:13)
WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM?
They Don’t acknowledge that he was God manifest in the flesh
The mystery of godlines is a great controversy to many, but should not be a controversy amongst the children of god. (I TIM 3:16)
We must re-establish in our hearts knowledge of Who He is and what he is doing.
If we are to do the works of God, We MUST be assured of Who He Is
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with Power
Although denomination, culture, etc., have differing ideas of who Jesus is the only way:
He is creator, savior, the only way to God, the beginning and the end, the same always
(Acts 4:12) There is salvation in Him alone: none other name by which man must be saved.
(Phil 2:10) Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
(John 1) in the beginning…all things were made by him and without him was not anything was made that was made
He is the creator of all life.
(Hebrews 13:8) the same yesterday, today and forever
III. Know Who We Are, our purpose
The works that I do shall ye do also
(Acts 10:38) ”How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with Power who went about healing all that were oppressed of the devil “
We must have the same anointing that was upon Him to do the work of God
After the Holy Ghost comes upon you, you shall receive power
They that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32)
“ As the father hath sent me, so send I you. ”(John 20:21 )
my meat is to do the will of my father …
III a. Know who we are in Him.
( 2 Cor 5:17) if any man be in Christ
(Galatians 2:20) no longer I that liveth but Christ who lives in me.
The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.
(1 Corinthians 6) your body is the temple, you are not your own, bought with a price
Glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s
(1Peter 2:9) you are a chosen generation a royal priesthood…show forth the praises of Him who called you… ! Testify to that!!!
Many are called but few are chosen
Get back to basics, simplicity, foundational truth
We are chosen and ordained to go and bring forth fruit
As Jesus came to do these 2 things, so have we been sent:
1)To destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 )
2) to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10)
We are in Him. A Royal priesthood to rule and make decrees.
We have direct access to the throne – “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb 4:16)
We are bridge-builders, mouthpieces for God, we speak the word and God will confirm it
Together we are a Holy Nation because of the blood of Jesus
We are set apart for His glory, purchased by His blood.
Know the Word of God, the voice of God and the very heart of the Father
They that do know their God shall be strong – if you are weak, you are weak because you decided not to draw nigh to God
Seek Him with your whole heart, become intimately connected with Him.
Being comes before doing
If we know Him we will be made like Him
Our nature is to do what He did
Born again becomes of divine nature
To walk in obedience with the spirit of Christ because of who I am I do what I do.
If I know Him, I will do exploits and be strong
They that faint in the day of adversity, their strength is small
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…walk and not faint… (Isa. 40:31)
Frustrations, weariness, deceptions division and confusion
We must know Him
that I may know Him in the power of His resurrection (and the fellowship of His sufferings)
Jesus said “it is expedient that I go to my father that he may send the holy Ghost
We need to hear the voice of God and the spirit of discernment and an ear to hear
Greater works than these shall ye do, peace be unto you. As the father has sent me, so send I you.
We must have the same anointing that was upon Him to do the work of God
Occupy until HE COMES
He left us here with authority –Luke’s letter to Theophilus, The book of’ Acts:” the things Jesus began to do and to teach”
His purpose is not diminished
It shall be well with thee like the people of God in Goshen.
Be encouraged, be a light and a witness,
Pray in the Spirit, building up yourselves, pray more in the Holy Ghost now than every before
Holy Spirit prays according to the will of God
Begin to speak in tongues and the peace of God will begin to flood your soul – build up yourself
Be reminded – God loves me
All things work together for my good (Romans 8:28)
We still have a work to do by the power of the Holy Ghost
We are in Him and He in us.
We need a greater understanding of what our purpose is and what we are to be doing.
After that the Holy Ghost is come upon you ye shall receive power
As the Father sent Him, he is now sending us: We are in this world to destroy the works of the devil by the power of the blood of Jesus and the power of His name
(Luke 4:18) after Jesus was baptized by John -“Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions…over all the power of the enemy)”
(Isaiah 61:8) the spirit of the Lord is upon me…
The same anointing upon Him is upon us to:
To preach the gospel to the poor, disadvantaged personally and financially and physically
To give good news/hope in Christ Jesus to the brokenhearted
Negative feelings, spirit of depression – God has given us a promise
Deliverance to captives, they turn to rage looking to man for the answer
The answer does not come by the arm of the flesh.
Jesus was sent to set at liberty those who were all their lifetime bound by fear of death (Hebrews 2:15)
Some are bruised, bound feeling there is no hope, no way out
The anointing destroys the yoke
Men hunger and thirst, seeking after truth
People will realize that man’s answers are not enough
In Him alone is the answer
Keep our hearts steadfast, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord!
IV. Know Who we are to each other
We are one in the Spirit, one body, children of the most High God
Don’t let the enemy bring forth confusion and destruction.
(I Corinthians 12:12-15) one body, we need each other no schisms
(Ephesians 4:1-6), lowliness one body,
Have hope in yourselves in Christ
As He is, so are we in this world
As He has sat down by the Father and He has sent us! (so send I you)
There is coming a greater glory, outpouring of the Holy Spirit!