Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:5-13.
In his speech at his inauguration John F Kennedy said " Do not ask what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country".
I will paraphrase what he said, do not ask God what He can do for you, bit what can you do for God.
The first thing we need to do is to look at our relationship with our God. How open are we to the influence from the Holy Spirit in our lives. Who influences when we read God,s word, and how big is our god?
God uses multiple ways to inform us of His intentions through the bible, through other people,s writings, through the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit.
But how do you and I look at God? What I mean is, do we see Him as only as big as a man? We read Jesus doing all the miracles as the son of man, we read about the apostles having the Holy Spirit working through them doing miracles. We thing of the miracles from God, but do we really thing of the power behind them.
Let's look at a few, let's start at Pentecost, why is it that we have little success reaching people, in Acts 2 :4. Speaking in tongues-3,000 baptised.
Matt 1: 18. The birth of Jesus, no mean feat! Then we read that at Jesus baptism He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wildeness for forty days. When Jesus started His ministry He was led by the Spirit, there was no man made formulas that guaranteed success. That is becouse there is not much success in man formulas.
Let us carry on to 1 Kings 18. Elijah and the incident at Mount Carmel. Elijah laughing at all the other prophets of Baal,then God showing His power.
Joshua 6: 5 The walls of Jericho. Again God show His power to the people who was not of His children.
Let,s look at Exodus and Moses with the children of Israel in Egypt.
There were 10 plagus on the Egyptians. Then all God did for them in the wilderness. Food, drink,protection.
Gen 19 : 24. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah completely obliterated. God again showing His power.
Gen 7: 17. We have one of the most devastating events of all time. The FOOD.
In Gen1. We read of the most powerful person we will ever Know.
IN THE BEGINING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE FARTH.
Jesus said "if you who are evil Know how to give good gifts, how much more your heavenly Farther will give the Holy Spirit".
if we are in the right spiritual walk with our God then we, through the Holy Spirit can achieve wonders, literally wonders.
Jesus said in John15:5 " I am the vine you are the branches. He who abids in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
E.G. White in the book called The Ministry of Healing put it this way "There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, putting self aside, makes room for the woring of the Holy Spirit upon thr heart and lives a life wholly consecrated to God",- Page 159.