Here at NGYN we are continuing to recap our current sermon series “re:” at Oasis Church. I happen to have had the privilege of delivering the message to the congregation in our second service yesterday. With that said, I get to recap my own sermon.
I think it’s safe to assume that you and I both want to see God work mightily in our lives. I mean, it’s difficult to read the scriptures and the stories of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Rahab, Peter, and Paul to name a few, and not walk away being inspired to want God to work in a big way in our own lives. And the truth is the same God that worked wonders all through out the bible is still alive today and he is eager to work wonderfully and mightily on our behalf. So what’s the problem?
The problem is that we are all eager to see God work in a big way but we don’t want to discipline ourselves to remain in him daily. In John 15: 1-11 Jesus illustrates that he is the true vine, you and I are the branches, and God the father is the gardener. If we REMAIN in Christ, he remains in us, and the father produces fruit in our lives. However, as Jesus says, apart from him we can do nothing.
If you and I are going to see God work mightily in our lives we must remain in Christ daily! The most important element to witnessing God’s power in our lives is getting intimately acquainted with Jesus Christ on a daily basis. What are the keys to getting intimately acquainted with Christ and remaining in him? It’s pretty simple actually. Three words: TRUST, FOLLOW, OBEY
If we are going to witness his power in our lives we must trust he is who he says he is, he has a plan, he has a purpose, he will give us strength, and trust that in the pain of life he is still good. But, we must take it step further than trusting. We must also follow. There comes a point when we take our trust and begin to physically follow Jesus Christ in all areas of our lives. This brings us closer to him and as we follow we begin to desire what he desires. As our desires become more like his, we begin to witness his blessings in our lives, as a result of obedience. Which brings me to the last key. We must obey. Too many Christians, want to trust, want to follow, but when it get’s down to complete obedience, we too often question. We say things like “Did Jesus really mean this when he said that?” The reality is, as followers of Christ we need less questioning and more “Whatever you say Lord, I will do.”
Trust + Follow + Obey = Surrender
Surrender is where we will finds Gods power flowing through our veins and overflowing into the circumstances of our lives and rubbing off on those around us!
Do you want to see God work mightily on your behalf?
Then Remain in Him.
Trust, Follow, Obey.