The Word of God says when we are weak then we are strong, meaning when we are nothing then we are seen as something before God. The Lord Jesus said in ..
Luke 14:11 “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”
when we refuse to let our mind rule us and let God rule, then we will open the door to a wider scope to experience the power of God more in our lives And that is why the apostle Paul said..
2Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong”
God cannot be a healer for us if we are not weak.(a healthy person doesn’t need a doctor), the Pharisees and Sadducees Jesus was useless to them because they considered themselves to be healthy, so they did not benefit anything from the power of God in Jesus Christ.
We are usually grateful when our needs are met, you can’t thank or ask if you don’t have any need.And you also cannot rely on someone if you have the capacity to support yourself. likewise to our God, in order for us to experience His power, we must be weak in His eyes in every way, so that we can see without Him we cannot do anything.
The more we will give ourselves to Him, the more we will open the door to Him to serve us and to see His power,. Children of God are likened to a sheep and not a goat, because a sheep cannot lead itself and relies on its shepherd for everything. unlike goats Goats have the power to go and look after themselves, so they do not need much help from the Shepherd.
Similarly And a toddler, is served in everything by his or her parents including accommodation, food, health, etc. because he seems weak to his parents without them they can do nothing so the great power of his parents seems upon him, in the same way that we too should be to our heavenly Father,we are children to Him we must humble ourselves as young children to see His power in our lives, Remember when a child pretends to grow up and wants to make his own decisions, then he slowly frees himself from the arms of his parents and the power of his parents is further diminished, until it arrives when the parent has no place in the child. The Bible says,
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4: 8).
This means to the extent that we will give God in our lives, that’s what he will use to work in our lives. If you give God Sunday to Sunday, and He will reveal to you only on Sundays, as it is month by month, and so will he reveal to you month by month,..but if it is day by day you will see him day by day,.. The bible says.. “and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again”.
If you give God 20% of your life he will appear to you in that 20 percent, don’t expect that, if you gave 70% to appear to you in that 70. If you gave him 100% he would appear in that 100% just as the Lord Jesus gave it to his Father. For the power of God is perfected in this weakness, and weakness is when you refuse to rely on your own mind and become like a baby in His presence.
I remember a long time ago we had rented a room somewhere and at the end of the month we had the custom of paying the electricity bill, but at some point we didn’t have any money to pay and we didn’t have anything in our pocket but we believed in God and left him all, we said if our God were there!, he will fight for us, For they that demand money, they are corrupt people, if you pass it one day without paying for it is overwhelming, but by the end of the month we had nothing in our pocket, strangely the creditors didn’t come that day to claim the money and it wasn’t their custom, all the other rooms they went to pay for was our only room left! but it is as if they were blinded so they did not come, into another month on 1,2,3… until the 24th we still hadn’t paid off last month’s debt and of course we didn’t have the money at all. and we continue to use the electricity but we left it to God, we said we should never lend to anyone,
I remember the same day the cooking gas ran out so problems were increased, but when it came to 25th midnight with many thoughts, we opened the phone and found Tshs.48,000 on M-pesa account..we did not know where it came from. It was not sent by anyone, and no name or message to show the sender of money, it’s like it was added to the m-money account. we went to withdraw it the same evening. ironically the same hour after withdraw the money the creditors arrived and in anger demanded their last month’s electricity bill, we gave them at the same hour, shs. 15,000. The remaining amount we bought gas and other uses.
The Lord has appeared to us His children in this way many times and in many ways But we would say to add and borrow money, certainly the power of God we could not be manifested.. for he says in.. Psalm 46: 1 ″ God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
When we become weak and leave him, then we will see the power of God.
The children of Israel could not see the sea parted if they had not met the sea-block, they would not have eaten manna if they had not passed through the wilderness, they would not have to split water from the rocks, if they were not thirsty. So when you entrust God with all things to govern in chaos without finding an alternative to your mind,then the power of God will be manifested.
The same is true when you go through a particular ordeal, or when you have been hurt, or have encountered a problem, quickly don’t rush to find alternatives,do not begin to fear, that is the opportunity for you to experience the power of God, and that’s what he wants it to be, Yes it is good to go to the hospital and it is not a sin to go to the hospital but not every illness is a rush to the hospital, if you do, how will God’s power see you?
I might give you an example that is real. When I was getting a little sick i was running for medicine but it came when I said I wanted to see God in my life, to heal me without trust in man or medicine,
I said I would not take any pill or go to the hospital, since I said it by faith, so far it’s been many years I’ve never taken a pill or gone to the hospital,
whenever I feel a sense of weakness in me, I say the Lord is my doctor who will heal me and of course the situation doesn’t last long after I get back to my normal routine, By doing this the power of God I see in my life every day.
And you brother can say why have I never seen God work miracles in my life? it’s because you yourself have not allowed it to work in you. You didn’t want to be weak in his eyes by lowering yourself to be like a child,. If Something has happened take it as an opportunity for you to see your God and not rely on your own mind, neither man nor anything, leave him and you will see His glory every day.
That is the only way that will make you see GOD’S POWER in your life and that is the way Paul spoke and lived it that enabled him to see God day by day in his ministry. for example, when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were sent into a fiery furnace, they did not give up all for God and in doing so were able to meet God there and make their God to be exalted in the entire Babilon. So did Daniel too..
When he was thrown into the lions’ den, he saw the power of God there, Even Paul and Silas; as they were thrown into prison, they saw the power of God when an angel of God shook the earth and opened the prison doors.These are all because they acknowledged their weakness before the Lord thus, they experienced the magnificent glory of God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”
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He quoted me with this piece of scripture…
Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”:
Now, I want to be sure if this statement proves water baptism had ended with John the Baptist, or not. Should I abandon water baptism?
In those verses you can find nowhere John has said, for this case now you can abandon the water baptism and stick only with holy spirit baptism… only canal people have translated those verses in that way, but that is not what scriptures instructed.
Thanks God all the answers are in the bible. And today we will look at one apostle, who understood that verse very well and interpret it correctly to the people.
When we read the book of Acts of apostles chapter 10 we find a story of one man named Cornelius, this man was very Godly and loyal in all of his offerings, but one day an angel appeared to him and instructed him to go and find Peter, whom will tell him what he is supposed to do.
When Peter responded to the call and go, after the vision he saw few minutes prior their arrivals, about their coming, he went to the house, and we see, as soon as he begun to preach the Holy spirit descended upon every one of them who was in the house, and all started to speak in another tongue.
That wasn’t the end of it. Peter did say now it’s finished, you have already received the Holy Spirit now everyone can go and continue to their services, rather he instructed every one of them to go baptised into the water in the name of Lord Jesus Christ…
Acts 10:44-48 King James Version (KJV)
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Now as we are heading to the peak of the questions asked…If you want to know that Peter, knew that verses very well, even more than we do. See when he gets back to Jerusalem to meet Jews, telling them everything which was going on there, I want you to hear closely what he told them.
Acts 11: 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
16 THEN REMEMBERED I THE WORD OF THE LORD, how that he said, JOHN INDEED BAPTIZED WITH WATER; BUT YE SHALL BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY GHOST.
17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
Read again verse 16, Peter quoted John Baptist words saying…John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost…see? that statement proves he knew Holy spirit baptism was necessary for salvation but water is also required to accomplish the whole salvation process.
Even now everyone who is claiming to have the Holy spirit must have been baptised also by water. Jesus said. 6 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:16)
Therefore, there is no salvation without water… go and find correct water baptism for your salvation according to Acts 2:38