By the time David met Goliath, David had a catalog of experiences with God that proved to him that God was with him. When we forget that God is with us, we don’t experience the benefits of our relationship with Him, and we won’t embrace His promises. David’s experiences with God gave him something more important than self-confidence; they gave him a God-confidence—something we all need in order to live out God’s purposes for us. [Read more…]
Special guest Rev. David Fischer spoke from Acts 2.
Christians and churches should all be Pentecostal in nature, if not in name. Pentecost was the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church. It was the day the New Testament Church was born, and the focus was on Christ.
The Church is always dependent on the power of God for success. Jesus commanded the disciples not to begin their ministry until the Holy Spirit had been poured out on them—or they would be depending on themselves. Everything we do in the Church must be dependent on the power of God, ministered to us by the activity of the Holy Spirit. [Read more…]
We see a threat differently when we know that someone bigger than our enemy is on our side. The giant Goliath had taken his stand for 40 days against the army of Israel, and the people ran for their lives. To them, Goliath was too big to beat. Goliath spoke the same threats he had spoken for 40 days, but this time David heard him, and David saw things differently than the whole army and king of Israel.
All of us are born with potential, but somehow the potential we’re born with gets quenched over the years; like a gadget without batteries, we don’t do what we’ve been designed to do. We need something to give us the power to flourish. God wants things to happen through, not just to His people. We can become resistant to change and fearful of it, even when we need to change. When we know ourselves to belong to eternity, we don’t need to fear change— by faith in God we can be part of what He is doing now on earth. [Read more…]