Last week we determined that everyone is looking for meaning in life. There are many music artists that change their name to give them identity in the genre they are in.
For example, Drake, the rapper, likely changed his name to effect his marketability and so he’d be taken seriously as a hip-hop artist. Names do matter.
We are all looking to be taken seriously. We are all looking for meaning in life!
Jesus coming to this earth is a powerful display of meaning for all humanity. There is no one name that can fit all of what Jesus represents to us.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Because he is your wonderful counselor, you don’t have to walk this earth aimlessly. You can have direction. When you walk with Jesus, he will show you the way.
God is also MIGHTY GOD.
The original word “Mighty’ in Hebrew is ‘gibor’ which means Vigorous, Hero, or champion.
God sent us a hero because no one can rescue us from the sting of sin and death, but Jesus.
Jesus is the mighty God who has shown up in vigorous strength, to help us overcome as a champion!
If God is for us, who can be against us?! (Romans 8:31)
The Bible says, “We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.” (Roman 8:37)
Our conquering and overcoming is predicated in who we trust in.
People are always looking for strength in the wrong places, heroes in the wrong people, and to overcome in their own strength.
God came on a rescue mission and that’s why he is mighty, he IS the Hero, he IS Mighty God!
No hero in the past, present and future, fictitious or otherwise, has his superpowers.
• Omniscience = All knowing.
• Omnipresent = Everywhere.
• Omnipotent = All powerful.
When no one understands, He does. When you feel alone, He is there. And when you are weak, He is your strength!
Jesus’ name is a powerful name and brings purpose that surpasses every expectation.
JESUS’ POWER IS AT WORK IN YOU, FOR YOU, AND THROUGH YOU!
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13
It takes work to do what pleases God. Practice and intentionality will lead to a passion for pleasing Him. Passion is doing it even when it’s hard, simply because you are committed to it.
We need to let God work inside of us through His Word and guide us. However, we can’t use grace as an excuse to keep us from God or working to do what pleases him.
‘Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. ' Romans 6:1-2,6-7
Jesus wants to be our hero and our champion, but He cannot be what we need if we brush him off. He cannot be our champion if we aren’t willing to play on His team.
His power is at work in us through the Holy Spirit so we need to let the Holy Spirit lead and convict us.
JESUS’ POWER IS AT WORK FOR YOU. Sometimes people think that adversity means that God doesn’t care. We completely forget that Jesus was born in the midst of adversity. First, Mary was a virgin conceiving a child that didn’t come from her fiancé. Second, Herod killed all the infants that were born in his vicinity because he didn’t want competition. He didn’t want the newborn king to take over his throne. Third, there was no place in the inn so Jesus had to be born in a manger.
All these things were a struggle!
However, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. His grace is sufficient.
Check out Isaiah 40:29-31 & 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
KEY THOUGHT: God works for you if you surrender to Him.
JESUS’ POWER IS AT WORK THROUGH YOU.
In Acts 1:8 it says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 2:4-5 also describes the need to rest in God’s power.
KEY THOUGHT: God’s power is as strong as we are reliant on Him.
Let’s rely on Him so He can work in our lives. We cannot do life on our own and why would we want to when we have a mighty God! Join us tomorrow for the next chapter of And He Shall Be Called...