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February 22, 2021 9:20 pm
Welcome to the voice of power broadcast with Gary Atkins past her willingness as Christian center in King North Carolina in a postmodern culture pastor Atkins preaches an old-fashioned message under a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, pointing, meaning winning to the truth of Scripture and freedom found in Jesus Christ pastor Atkins police the body of Christ is a voice and when we declare Jesus is Lord voice of power is a recent message from the tabernacle of willing vessels Christian center strap to verse one word. In your trespasses and sins in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh and of mine and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with where he loved us, even when we were dead in our trust transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved and raised up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come. You might show the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourselves, it is a gift of God not of works lest any man should boast.
For we are workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we should walk in the Lord bless your word today be seated in Jesus name three things I want you to get from today's passage that we read number one dead in trespasses. Secondly, but God and thirdly made alive say that with me dead in trespasses, but God and made alive, those three thoughts that you don't get anything else I want you to get that today verse one, Paul simply tells us that we were dead. Now if you're a Christian this morning. That's past tense for you if you've never been radically transformed by the power of God then you are still dead in your trespasses and sins.
Now in chapter 1 we learned a lot of things. In fact, there's a theme throughout Ephesians that runs wild. It's the theme of predestination. Foreordination predetermined in chapter 1, we see that God predestined guide us to be sons and daughters of God through adoption.
He adopted us and brought us into his family. We see in verse 11, chapter 1 that he works out all things after the counsel of his old will and pleasure and how from the foundations of the earth from before the foundations of the earth, he predestined, guide us to be people of God and that he talks about us being the body of Christ. We walk and live in resurrection power and rarely does a diverse point of chapter duties as you were dead in your trespasses and sins. What is he doing here and what he's doing is giving us the method of salvation. So many people have a misunderstanding about how salvation works and even what salvation really is salvation is not just being saved it. I heard someone say one time handing out attractive witnessing to folks, a friend of mine basketball you saved and handed him a gospel tract and he said, say from what and course the person handing the track was dumbfounded. They've never been asked that question because her Bible Belt.
We understand what it means to be say right, but so many people all over the world that even this country and even around you today have no idea what that mean salvation goes far beyond being saved. Salvation is being healed and delivered spiritually and transformed and changed it regenerated born-again justified, sanctified, all of those things encompass salvation, but the method how does it come is so misunderstood amongst the body of Christ. So many people think that well. I have a decision to make. I need to start living right now discredited to church on Sunday. I think I'll well, I'll get saved. That does not happen never happens. Many have the idea that you're saved by grace and that you stay saved by good works as long as you go to church and youth serve on the usher committee and you teach Sunday school or you go to Sunday school. You do these things then. Well, that means you will stay say. But the reality is the method of salvation is that you were and some watching and listening.
Maybe our dead in trespasses and sins, and you would not be here today.
Born-again saved unless the Lord himself initiated a call in your life and gave you the annuity to believe on his name. That's the only way that you can be made alive and he goes through this look with me in verse two in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air was that that's Lucifer himself. The devil is not inhale this morning. He's roaming the spirit world. He's the prince of the power of the air, so when you feel oppression, depression, anxiety and stress.
When you feel these things coming upon you so heavily. Please remember that you are at war you are in a battle with the spirit world that is trying to suffocate you spiritually, and kill, steal and destroy the one behind it all is the prince of the power of the air, the devil himself and in verse three. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature. Everybody shall nature the children of wrath people listen to me this morning. We can't help but to sin. Whether it's something you do or something you fail to do.
We are utterly doomed without the help of God utterly.
Now there are those who have no consciousness of God. There are those who have no idea that they're living a lifestyle of sin.
Do you remember and this is a good test to see if you truly been born again.
The things that you used to do well they bother you now know you might slip up and make mistakes but there is a conviction there. There is the Holy Spirit helping you realize that that type of behavior that way of thinking is sinful and it bothers conviction and that's the Holy Spirit working salvation in you. But those who have never been born again. Have no idea that there on a path to destruction, which by their very nature that they live the way they do well. If you have lost loved ones in their living like hail. You can't blame them for that. It's their nature that they live that way just like it was your nature to live that way and you can't pray God I want to make a better decision. You can't counsel limited to making a better decision. You have to play that holy, righteous, God would reach way down into the pit of destruction their heart and their soul. You could have been gospel tracts that would save people.
We just take all of our budget rent a helicopter and photo tracks all over North Carolina but that does not work it takes to power of an awesome God to reach down and pull somebody out just like you did for you, salvation has nothing to do with even as the rest verse four. These are my two favorite words of the whole chapter but God did you look back in your life and can you say that I would be here or there or anywhere but God one day reach down into my life and for most of God.
Sure it was an unexpected thing that happened. He reached down and grabbed your heart. Someway somehow some daydreams some. He put the right person at the right place at the right time in their lives and all of that was the plan. Predetermined plan of God that you come into the family of God, but God hallelujah being rich in mercy, aren't you thankful for that of his great love with which he loved us.
That's been the theme this morning, the love of God in Christ Jesus herein is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us gave his son to be the propitiation for our sin.
We love him because he first loved us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son Jeremiah 31 verse three says I love the with an everlasting love. Hallelujah all the love of God and the mercy of God. Mercy being what holds back what you deserve. You deserve to be dead. In fact, God doesn't have to save anybody he can rightly justifiably condemn us, all the sinners hail and some focus on that will of God to solve a lot and he just go ahead and save everybody if he elects if he predetermines languages predetermined everybody to be in heaven, he is a loving God is somebody people focus on questions that they will never have the answer to know never be able to understand that you'll never be able to rectify that in your natural finite little brain compared to a big God that we serve.
Never. But what you can focus on is the fact that a sovereign God would reach down and save you and save me and bring us into this place today to be able to even with our mouths and with our heart declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, that's what we can be thing but God coming into our lives. Verse five even when we were dead he's emphasizing Paul is emphasizing the understanding that salvation can only come if God initiates fact put your finger on what you go to John chapter 6 with me and I will review passages here that are so powerful look with me.
John six and verse 44 Jesus declaring that he is indeed the bread of life that he was the man of that came down in the wilderness when the Israelites were wondering for 40 long years as he's telling the religious folks of the day. I am the bread of life and look what he says I love this verse.
44 no one can come to me unless he finally decides he wants to follow me. He makes a decision that he wants to be saved. No, unless the father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up on the last day.
Look at verse 60. Therefore, many of his disciples when they heard this said this is difficult statement can listen to it and I would say it is even today it's difficult but Jesus conscious that his disciples grumbled at this said to them, does this cause you to stumble.
What if you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before. It is the Spirit who gives life.
The flesh profits nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life, but there are some of you who do not believe for Jesus knew from the beginning, but read it again, Jesus knew from the beginning who they were, who did not believe, and who it was that would betray him, and he was saying. For this reason I have said to you that no one can come to me unless it has been granted him from the father God to be good gospel today. The fact that you are here this morning. The fact that you're watching this broadcast listening on the radio.
Gives me hope to understand that you are being called by God and I'm telling you, let election and predestination.
Let it bring you into the family of God and not keep you out. Simply say yes to Jesus and believe with your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and call yourself the elect of God and make your calling and election sure by studying the faith.
Let's go back to Ephesians 2. Look at verse five.
Again, even when we were dead in our transgressions, he made us alive.
All hallelujah he made us alive. We didn't get woke.
We did have an epiphany intellectually. He made us alive.
You see, the reason I say people have a misunderstanding of salvation is because we think we make the decision. The Bible says in Titus 35 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he has saved us, by the washing of re-generation and removal in the Holy Ghost re-generation. Do you realize that happens before you're even born again because it's regeneration that makes you alive and actually gives you the faith to be saved. Calvinist college election Arminians call it preventing it. Grace, whatever that is. Well it's the power of the Holy Spirit regenerating your bed individual spirit making it alive enough to take the faith that he's giving you. Romans 12 is built every man the measure of faith is that word document when you believe faith is the gift and believing is the decision and repentance. It's God who grants you repentance. According to the Scriptures and authority gives you the ability to move in that direction to have a change of mind to become a new creation and therefore if any man be in Christ all things are passed away and behold all things have become new. Why, because he has taken what was said and he's made it alive just as Christ died upon the cross and became sin in our sin.
Your sin was imputed upon his body being resurrected and resurrection power since the Holy Spirit to convict your soul to regenerate you, giving you the faith.
The grapes repentance edits at that point when you say yes to Jesus Christ that something powerful happens, you become born again nothing you could not be borne on your own. John God brought you into this world. God created the rendezvous with mom and dad, God created and developed. You and your mother's womb the same way. Spiritually, God is the one who brings about the born-again experience. That's what he told Nicodemus you must be born again you could see the kingdom of God.
Now I don't know about you but this is not like to shout at the McCall's but God reached out in my life was dark and living on righteously. We got something to rejoice about halfway Luria you know everybody told I just assumed a part of the elect. I just assumed we don't know were called to be obedient not have all the answers there's one thing I've learned since big in ministry. You ready for this great revelation and I will write it down, that there is a God and I'm not.
And thank God for the clue they made us alive. I tell you if that's three powerful words in these 10 verses he made us alive. Verse five, together with Christ by grace you have been saved. God help me to, and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
There is that language again from chapter 1 blessed with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places with Christ you know, the fruit of the spirit Galatians 522's love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, how about you, but the David anxiety left my life was the day that I truly surrendered to the fact that my life is in his hands, and if my faith is anchored in him. If I get on an airplane. If I go to battle if I whatever happens, nothing can happen to me outside of the Council of his own will. Therefore, if it happens I am voice it because I'm in his will and I will tell you something that you are you are in a place with Christ in heavenly places where the fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, long-suffering patients, faith, all these things are produced in your life by the Holy Spirit. That's why I cringe when I hear preacher say you need more fruit well know you need to surrender to the Holy Spirit because he bears the fruit through you.
That's being seated in heavenly places with Christ and that's how you can love your enemy. You can have joy in the midst of pain on a man. You have peace that passes all understanding. When the world is crumbling around why because her seated in heavenly places with Christ. You can have long-suffering and patients and endure. Why, because you know that the trying of your faith workspace illusions and that is the fruit of the spirit seated in heavenly places with Christ will harm to bring this to an end.
Let's look at verse seven, so that in the ages to come he might show the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Notice the language the ages to come. There still a future if he doesn't return tonight and I will about you but I have lost loved ones. I have friends who need to be saved and it's not that they can fasten live on righteously. The enemy discover that for a moment. If I go to Psalm 13 I may be a few more minutes, but you feel free to do what you like. Psalm 103. In fact, while you're turning self is I just recently broke his numbing.
He's got engaged to. I'm sorry I had to do that. Standup Olivia let let everybody see you there engaged to be married to that wonderful a man.
Psalm 103, when he spirit that was here. I just put a blanket on all right. Psalm 103 click with me only resist the all right. Let me find verse 10 he has not dealt with us according to our sins. Now Silas said earlier when he read the passage if we committed sins bolus that I'll join you right here right now and we can all say that for being honest folks here is why people can't receive healing in their minds and their souls, because we've lost a sense of community and the church you come on Sunday morning. I'm here. We shake hands and hug and exit when did you go out to work and you live in hail in the world. That's the influence on your life. That's why every opportunity we give you to take advantage of being with God's people.
You should take. Whether it's a small group young adults with Sunday school. Whatever take advantage of an opportunity develop community when you have accountability and health because I'll tell you something part of healing is hearing that other people are going to the same thing you are and you're not alone because of fear me what you think.
Anything you want to think that you're all by yourself in the way you feel and that everybody else is happy and that everybody else's rejoicing old because you see the pictures on Facebook and whatever fake book that's lack of but when you get down to the nitty-gritty of who people really are.
You'll see that they have problems just like you, I've got problems just like you. If I ever get the guts. I'll tell you about some of them a myth.
The last verse 10 of Psalm 103 number to be just a minute here he is not dealt with us according to our sins, nor has he rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his lovingkindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the West so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
I cannot give you a hint that's even the ones you haven't committed because when he hung suspended between heaven and earth. How many of your sin was in the future tense. Every single one of the just one drop of blood was able to atone and bring you and I at one with God in Christ.
But God made us alive with would you heavenly father we know that we are sinners in need of saving and today Lord I'm asking you to Colin's us of all sin.
Forgive me of unrighteous. Blessed are we whose sins are covered and whose iniquities are forgiven and today with my heart I believe with my mouth. I confess Jesus is my Lord, a man I sure hope you prayed that prayer, believing that Jesus has forgiven you of your sin and that he has transform your life from this moment forward, and I'm so glad that you decided to listen to the voice of power broadcast and we pray that it has been a blessing to you and if so we would encourage you to consider giving a financial donation to help the horsepower stay on the air give in three ways.
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