12.12.2014

John 1:43-51 (2)

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The power of God's words
Reading: John 1:43-51
Additional Readings: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:28, Psalm 37:4
Blanks: Follow, good, saw, believe, open

(3) Last two weeks, we read the story called Pilgrim’s Progress.
In that book, there were two particular moments when Mr. Christian experienced the power of God’s words.

(3) For example, Mr. Christian experienced the power of God’s words in the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Here when he was afraid, he remembered these words in the Bible: Psalm 23:
“Even though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil: because God is with me, guiding me and guarding me all the way.”

At this very moment, God reminded him of these words:
“I am with you, guiding you all the way.”
(3) Then because of these words, he was able to pass through the Valley of The Shadow of Death.

(3) Secondly, Mr. Christian experienced the power of God’s words at the Doubting Castle.
(3-3) If you remember, Mr. Giant Despair captured him and imprisoned him in the dungeon of despair and doubts.

How did he get out of this dungeon?
(3) Mr. Christian remembered that he had the Key to open the doors of this Doubting Castle.

(2) What was the key?
The key was God’s Words.
(4) Then because of the power of God’s words, Mr. Christian was able to open the doors and ran away from Mr. Giant Despair.

(3) So, the power of God’s Word freed Mr. Christian from fear, despairs and doubts.
God’s words were powerful enough to help him.

(3) God’s words are powerful enough to help you as well.
(3) So we encourage you to read the Bible, because God has spoken a lot of words in the Bible.
God has spoken those words to guide you in your journey of faith.
God has spoken those words to free you from fear, doubt and despair.

(3) In order to speak more clearly God sent Jesus to speak God’s words.
So, Jesus spoke to guide us and encourage us.
Jesus spoke to help us enter into the Heavenly city.

(1) So, we encourage you to read these words that Jesus spoke, expecting that he has something to say to you.
Then when the time comes, through those words, Jesus will protect you and guide you and give us freedom.
Through those words, Jesus will accomplish his good will, his good plan in your life.

(3) For example, if you doubt about your forgiveness, Jesus will say:
“If you repent, God forgives.
If you forgive others, God will also forgive you.”

(3) When you doubt about God’s love, Jesus will say:
“God loves you.
That is why God sent me.
I am the proof that God loves you.”

(3) When you doubt about prayer, Jesus will say:
“Pray.
Then God will answer.
God will give you the desire of your heart.
If you pray in my name, everything is possible.

“Pray for the Holy Spirit.
Then God will give you the Holy Spirit.
Then the Holy Spirit will give you freedom.”

(3) So we want you to read his words.
And here is a good practice as you read the Bible.
As you read the Bible, you may pray :
For example:

(3) The Bible says:
“Love God.
Then all things will work together for good.”

Then you may pray:
“God, help me to love because then I know that all things will work together for good.”

(3) The Bible says:
“If you give to the poor, God will open up your bank account in heaven and save all the money that you give to the poor.
No one can steal it.
Nothing can destroy it.
It will be yours forever.
In fact, whenever you give to the poor, you are giving to God.”

Then you may pray:
“God, help me to give generously to the poor.”

(3) God says in the Bible:
“You are my servant.
I have chosen you.”

Then you may pray:
“God, help me to serve you well.”

Reading God’s words, you may pray like this.
Then God may freely work in your life.

Then God will accomplish what he says.
Jesus will accomplish what he says.
Then you may experience the power of God’s words.

(3) So, as a homework, read the Bible and try to pray accordingly.

(3) When you read the Bible, God may speak you, teach you and guide you.
Then when you sense God speaks to you, you may pray about it and think about it.
You may write them down.
Then you may read carefully again to understand the meaning of those words:
You may ask: what does Jesus try to say to me?

Then when you understand, you may plan your life accordingly, as Jesus helps you make some good plan for your life.
Right?

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for your words.
Help us to find the words that you speak to us.
May we pray, live accordingly and experience the power of your words.
Help us to continually focus on your words so that we may move on with the power of the Holy Spirit.
We pray this in your name.
Amen.