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    God Does Not Have Blackouts or Brownouts—That Is Our Problem

    November 26, 2012

    Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 3:12

    Key Verse: Acts 1:8

    You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

    Never underestimate the ability of unsaved people to “read you” like a book. They can quickly recognize the presence of someone or something different from the world they live in. If you show up and say that you represent the kingdom, then you had better deliver the genuine goods. Otherwise they will say to you the same embarrassing thing the demons said to Sceva’s boys in the first century: “I know Jesus and I know Paul, but who in the world are you? What kind of fake are you?” (See Acts 19:15.) They will not take long to discern whether or not you have power.

    Too many churches today devote all their time and resources to preaching “another gospel.” They go so far as to pervert the message to deliver it to the unsaved. They promise people that if they get saved, “Everything will be all right. You will get everything you are supposed to get here.”

    That is a lie. The Bible says that anyone who wants to live godly will face problems and persecution (2 Tim. 3:12). To say there will be no problems is the same as calling God a liar.

    You will always have problems coming your way. The key is having the power to deal with the problems! This is how the church is supposed to stand out in the midst of a faithless and perverse generation. God is sending judgment to the church first so we will change our ways. We need to have the real thing, the power of the Spirit of Jesus, operating in and through our lives. That is the only way we can establish the kingdom of light in the middle of the kingdom of darkness. It may cost us more than we ever dreamed to acquire the power, but it is worth the cost.