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"The Spirit of God will Empower"

Sunday, May 19, 2019

SERMON SERIES - Got Power?

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Welcome to the Empowered Living Church (The ELC). We are celebrating the launch of this new church in our new location as we prepare for our next step. Thank you for being a part of God's victory. Our objective is to save souls, make disciples, and build God's kingdom. We are spending the month of May examining heroes in the Bible. You do not want to miss it.

BIG IDEA

We need to seek a move of God’s Holy Spirit to experience the fullness of power, the brilliance of our relationship with Him, and to find victory in all we set out to achieve for His glory, for our families, and simply, but sincerely, for us.  



KEY SCRIPTURE - 1 Chronicles 12:17-20 (NIV)

17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you.”18 Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: “We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.” So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands. 19 Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, “It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.”) 20 When David went to Ziklag, these were the men of Manasseh who defected to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.

CONTEXT

1 Chronicles Chapter 12 tells the story of the men who came to join David’s army. Some had been with David since shortly after Saul, the former king, had banished him. David has now become King over all of Israel. These men were well armed and able to sling stones with both their right and left hands. They were relatives of Saul from Benjamin’s tribe.


TEACHING POINTS / THOUGHTS TO BUILD ON


Lesson One: God Will Deal With Your Enemies


1 Chronicles 12:17 (NIV) ~ 17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you.”


David collected Benjamites and soldiers from the tribe of Judah. David told them they were free to join him if they came in peace, but he warned them not to betray him to his enemies because the Lord would know and judge them.


Beware of frenemies.  Frenemies are people that approach us everyday as our friends, but actually have alternative agendas to do us harm.  We find comfort in knowing our God has our back.


In 2 Chronicles 20 King Johasaphet is about to go before a vast army, he is out numbered, and in need of a miracle.  He prays to God and after praying the Spirit of the Lord (the Holy Spirit) fell upon one of the leaders.  He said this to King Johasaphet, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  


He goes on to say, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you . . . Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”


Lesson we learn is that when you need a desperate move of God stand before him, pray, and wait for the Spirit of the Lord to show and deliver you from your enemies.  We need to pray in the Spirit.


God Will Deal With Your Enemies


Lesson Two: The Spirit of the Lord is Empowering


1 Chronicles 12:18 (NIV) ~ 18 Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: “We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.” So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.


Amasai, who was the head of a group called the Thirty Heroes or Thirty Chiefs, told David that he and his men were David’s and he wished him success. David then accepted them.  These mighty men of David were a group of David’s toughest military warriors who were credited with heroic feats, including a great battle, where a hero they killed 800 men in one battle with a spear.


When the spirit of the Lord comes to you one will experience “superhero like” powers.


Jahaziel become a prophetic and spoke for the Lord

2 Chronicles 20:14-19 (NIV) ~ 14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.  15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.


Samson became mighty in battle

Judges 14:19 (NIV) ~ 19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle.


Our Lord and Savior Jesus became empowered to start his three year ministry

Luke 4:18-19  (NIV) ~ “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”


Seeking power?  Seek the presence of God’s Holy Spirit.  


The Spirit of the Lord is Empowering


Lesson Three: When the Spirit of God comes upon you, Your Enemies Will Join Your Team


1 Chronicles 12:19 (NIV) ~ 19 Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, “It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.”) 20 When David went to Ziklag, these were the men of Manasseh who defected to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.


To David and to Jesus


Psalm 110:1-3 (NIV) ~ The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” 2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”  3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb.


When the Spirit of God comes upon you, Your Enemies Will Join Your Team


CLOSING THOUGHT / CHALLENGE

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) ~ 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.


From the very beginning of this world the Holy Spirit was present creating, empowering, and bringing into existence. His presence has been available to us in our mother’s wombs.  We need to seek a move of God’s Holy Spirit to experience the fullness of power, the brilliance of our relationship with Him, and to find victory in all we set out to achieve for His glory, for our families, and simply, but sincerely, for us.  


The Spirit of God will Empower us!