Pastor Vince spoke this week on the topic of manifesting power. He gave his message the title: POWER THAT WILL END THE MATTER.
He began the lesson with Joshua 2 which, in paraphrase, recalls the two spies sent by Joshua to the region of Jericho. They are harboured by Rahab, and she gives a telling admission, that the Canaanites are in terror of the people of Israel. They have seen God’s hand in the crossing of the Red Sea and the defeat of the kings of the Wilderness. They now cower behind the mighty walls of Jericho. She then gives a wonderful revelation that she is convinced that God will give the Hebrews the land. She then seeks assurances that she and her family will be spared because she has acted in a friendly way to the people of God.
She didn’t have to help them. She didn’t have to be fearful just because of the Hebrew numbers. She was fearful because she could observe the power of God among the Hebrews.
We need to have such a power. We are not “going into all the world,” just as smiley or “happy clappy” people, but ones forged in and instilled with the Holy Spirit. We like the Hebrew children before us are empowered.
But we need to focus on how that power is manifested and what is required. Psalm 133 reads, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Like Israel approaching the walls of Jericho we are to be united. United with God and His purposes and instructions, but also with one another. Look at 1 John 4: 7-8, “ Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” We are the people of God unified in love and purpose. With that comes power. Here we can return to Psalm 133 which says our unity, “It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion (v 3),” a dew of dedication or common purpose.
Pastor Vince next called our attention to Matthew 13:44f in which a man sells all he has to buy a field in which he will find treasure. All else falls short of the dedication to the goal. Our service to God is to be like that. But again this is not ideally an individual act. It is an act of a loving brotherhood of people. Remember when Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment of the Law. He started out with saying we need to love God with our whole being, but the second point is like onto it, “Love your neighbour.” We are not meant to do this alone. Yes our Christian walk can be done in a solitary manner, but it will often lack the power possible when together. It may well be the reason for Hebrews 10:25 telling us not to forsake meeting together. When we are combined and committed we will be like the church at Jerusalem in Acts 2 and following – having all things in common, and dwelling in the Apostles’ teachings. The result – the church was held in high regard by all of the people.
Here we can go to Hebrews 11: 31 “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” She witnessed the unity of the Hebrews, saw the power of God, and she believed. Think of what we can achieve when we come together in God’s plan, unified and supportive of one another. We will act in one accord, and then just look out for the power to become manifest!
This is a message that was well understood by Dianne. Even in her weakened last weeks, her goal was to be unified with her church family and actively sought prayer requests that she could life up her brothers and sisters. Seeking first the kingdom of God, we likewise should always unite with and lift up our Christian family.