VIDEO The Greatest Source of Power – Claiming the Power That is in Christ

The Greatest Source of Power

Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do… —John 14:13

Am I fulfilling this ministry of intercession deep within the hidden recesses of my life? There is no trap nor any danger at all of being deceived or of showing pride in true intercession. It is a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit through which the Father is glorified. Am I allowing my spiritual life to waste away, or am I focused, bringing everything to one central point— the atonement of my Lord? Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest of my life? If the central point, or the most powerful influence, of my life is the atonement of the Lord, then every aspect of my life will bear fruit for Him.

However, I must take the time to realize what this central point of power is. Am I willing to give one minute out of every hour to concentrate on it? “If you abide in Me…”— that is, if you continue to act, and think, and work from that central point— “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). Am I abiding? Am I taking the time to abide? What is the greatest source of power in my life? Is it my work, service, and sacrifice for others, or is it my striving to work for God? It should be none of these— what ought to exert the greatest power in my life is the atonement of the Lord. It is not on what we spend the greatest amount of time that molds us the most, but whatever exerts the most power over us. We must make a determination to limit and concentrate our desires and interests on the atonement by the Cross of Christ.

“Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do….” The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and what appears to be his free choices are actually God’s foreordained decrees. Is this mysterious? Does it appear to contradict sound logic or seem totally absurd? Yes, but what a glorious truth it is to a saint of God.


I have no right to say I believe in God unless I order my life as under His all-seeing Eye. Disciples Indeed, 385 L

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3 Lessons For Your Kids From Robin Williams’ Suicide

The best-selling biography of Robin Williams, “Robin,” is a compelling and comprehensive portrait of the comic genius. I devoured the 530-page book about this man whose life was both a triumph and a tragedy.

The revelatory biography gleaned from a hundred original interviews with family, friends and colleagues as well as extensive archival research. It’s riveting reading. It illustrates the vanity of life apart from God, with sledgehammer effect.

”Robin” is an insightful and intimate chronicle of a cultural icon who catapulted onto the scene of entertainment 40 years ago like a hyper-kinetic comet but crashed, 
leaving the world in shock. His sordid history and perverted passions (today he’d be arrested for his public behavior) were often concealed behind his funny facade.

There are three cautionary lessons that should be shared with young people easily seduced to follow this performer’s pathway. But first, consider the accolades and achievements he accumulated.

Fame and fortune

Robin Williams was one of the best-known, admired celebrities in all the world. He was a super-superstar. “His face was as known as the Coca-Cola logo, and he had zillions of dollars.”

He appeared in 68 movies and was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one. His legacy includes multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Remember “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Awakenings,” “The Fisher King,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Hook,” “Aladdin,” “Patch Adams” and “Popeye”? Don’t forget “Mork and Mindy” from back in the 70s!

He won multiple Grammys for “Best Comedy Album” from his regular comedy specials and lucrative touring. He appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “Friends,” “Law and Order” plus daytime and late-night shows.

Steven Spielberg called him “one of the best actors in Hollywood.” When Johnny Carson ended his 30-year “Tonight Show,” he had Robin as one of his two guests. When Letterman came back from heart surgery, Robin opened the curtain.

Robin Williams was part of a pantheon of performers; a one-of-a-kind, brilliant, Hall of Famer.

This multi-talented entertainer was a multimillionaire, paid $15 million for a movie. Recognized wherever he went, he enjoyed a security staff, nannies, drivers, house and groundskeepers plus adoration from the masses.

“He was as big a star as he had ever been, and seemed untouchable.”

Understanding his unraveling

Tracing Robin’s descent and demise is captured in his last tour’s title, “Weapons of Self-Destruction.” He self-destructed because of wrong choices in three areas of deception that ensnared him.

Parents, coaches and educators should engage youth in sharing these insights before they’re seduced onto a broad road that leads to destruction.

1. There is “pleasure in sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25), but there comes a day of reckoning.

The Bible directs us: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

There’s no indication that Williams ever trusted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. “You will know them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:16). Authentic Christ-followers are recognized by their character and conformity to His Word.

Robin could be hilarious, charming and generous, but he regularly snorted cocaine, drank excessively, fornicated and committed adultery (he was married three times). He sexually assaulted women like his “Mork and Mindy” costar, Pam Dawber, profaned God, spoke perversely and spewed profanities profusely in his performances.

Williams craved affirmation from adoring audiences and feared being displaced. He disregarded laws of God and nature regarding health and sleep. Projecting the outward image of the cool clown, on the inside he was fearful, stressed and careening slowly but surely into the canyon of eventual destruction.

“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

2. Those disregarding God’s Word are unprepared for life’s challenges.

In the greatest sermon ever given by the greatest Teacher who ever lived, Jesus concluded His Sermon on the Mount with a staggering claim: Obedience to His teaching is the only safe foundation for life as unexpected adversity comes to all. As a carpenter He knew how to build to withstand storms.

”And everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them will be likened to a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it fell. And its fall was great” (Matthew 7:26-27).

When Robin faced divorces, deaths, an unexpected lawsuit, failing projects, fading fame, financial difficulties and finally health problems, he couldn’t handle it. Distracting himself with entertainment, consulting therapists and friends, trying anti-depressants – nothing solved the problems or numbed the pain.

He was anxious and couldn’t sleep. He began drinking again. He was listless and a shell of his former self. Remember: Satan has no happy old people. Robin had been set up, and our archenemy was moving in for the kill.

3. Being insecure and in desperate need is time to turn to God.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of that cheer is grief (Proverbs 14:12-13). “Humor is the mistress of sorrow,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.

When someone has stiff-armed God and masked the problem of sinful independence, it’s time to stop camouflaging with humor and humble oneself to yield unreservedly to God.

The crossroads

Daniel 5 is the account of King Belshazzar feasting and drinking while basking in the adulation of a thousand adoring fans. In an atmosphere of mirth, merriment and mockery of God led by a popular figure who followed the vanities of life, God suddenly “numbered” his days and declared “you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.” The self-sufficient star of the show quickly found his “countenance was changed … his thoughts troubled him … his knees struck against one another … he cried aloud.” Shortly thereafter, his life ended.

Nathan Lane, a Tony award-winning actor and costar with Robin Williams in their gay comedy film “The Birdcage,” admitted “We are the two most insecure, neediest people I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Were the years of self-indulgent living catching up to Robin? He settled a long-standing multimillion dollar lawsuit from a former girlfriend who said he gave her an STD, but coughing, dizziness and finally major heart surgery put him in a place of deep fear and anxiety. He admitted, “A death scare changes all!”

As Robin entered his 60s and his downward spiral continued, he tried a TV series “for the money,” living by himself in a small apartment. He reached out to his son. He was lonely.

His weight loss was severe, and his motor impairment was growing harder to disguise. His once photographic memory was fading, and he couldn’t remember his lines. He suffered panic attacks and wondered if audiences still loved him. “It was gut-wrenching to watch him,” someone observed sadly.

Becoming increasingly paranoid, he grew fearful that his collection of designer wrist watches would be stolen, so he stuffed them in a sock and took them to a friend’s house for safekeeping. And despite encouragement that Parkinson’s patients can keep their symptoms in check, he remained depressed.

Finally, at the age of 63, roaming back-and-forth late one evening in his home, he made cuts on his wrist, placed a towel between a belt and his neck and hung himself in the bedroom.

Here’s the deal: Robin Williams, like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and other larger-than-life superstars, were, like every person on planet Earth, “dead in their sins” and in need of the transformative message of the Gospel. May we never be fooled by people’s projected images of having it all together as we share our faith in lifestyle evangelism.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Are You Running With Endurance?

Hebrews 12:1-3

A marathon is a taxing race. The runner must overcome muscle cramps, blisters, and the urge to quit. But each step reaffirms his commitment to keep going until he triumphantly crosses the finish line.

In many ways, this is what the Christian life is like. It’s not a fast sprint to heaven but a long, obedient marathon. There are obstacles that could cause us to stumble and burdens we need to lay aside so we can run unencumbered.

The one word that summarizes our earthly race is endurance. This term implies going through something difficult without quitting. It includes the concept of abiding under hardship with patient, sustaining perseverance. Christ hasn’t promised us an easy life. In fact, He told His disciples, “In the world you have tribulation” (John 16:33).

How can we keep going? The answer is to fix our eyes on Jesus, not on the hardships and obstacles in our life. He set the pattern for us by enduring the cross for the joy set before Him. To focus on the Lord, we must read the Scriptures. Then we’ll be able to see what He would have us do, how we’re to respond to various situations in life, which resources He’s provided to help us, and what He has promised us at the finish line.

The joy set before us includes an imperishable, undefiled inheritance reserved for us in heaven (1 Peter 1:4) and an eternal weight of glory far beyond comparison to our earthly suffering (2 Corinthians 4:17). But best of all, when we finally cross the finish line, we will enter into Christ’s presence to be with Him forever.

Your New Authority

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:18-19)

Israel’s high priest wore the inscription “Holiness to the LORD” to illustrate to all who obeyed God that they were “accepted before the LORD” (Exodus 28:36-38). High priest Joshua, as a type of all believers, was granted “places to walk” in the courts of God (Zechariah 3:7). Christ’s disciples were commanded to ask the Father for whatsoever since they were chosen and ordained to “go and bring forth fruit” (John 15:16). We can “ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

But there’s more! Not only are we accepted, we are “sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). We are “stablish[ed] . . . anointed . . . sealed” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). We are confirmed in everything (1 Corinthians 1:4-8), consecrated and sanctified to serve (1 John 2:27), and given the Spirit as an “earnest [down payment, deposit] of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:14).

The Holy Spirit does His work through a threefold ministry in our lives. He will work on Christ’s behalf, through our witness, to bring conviction to those not yet in Christ (John 16:7-11). He will also minister to us as the teacher of our spirit to guide us into all truth (John 14:17, 26; 15:26; 16:13). Furthermore, the wisdom, prudence, and knowledge of God are revealed to us through His work in us (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). All that is necessary for our “effectual working” (Ephesians 3:7) is graced to us so that we can “work out [our] own salvation” (Philippians 2:12). We are “complete in him” (Colossians 2:10). HMM III

There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed

Luke 12:1-21

Luke 12:1, 2

How vain, then, is it to play the hypocrite! If God did not see, and nothing more were known of us than what our fellow men can detect, hypocrisy might answer its purpose; but what folly it is to try to deceive when everything is observed by the Lord, and will in due time be published before all men.

Luke 12:3

Therefore it becomes us to behave in our private life just as we would do if all men were gazing upon us. Since we cannot conceal our true character, let us not be so foolish as to seem to be what we are not.

Luke 12:7

The doctrine of a special providence is here plainly taught. It is full of richest comfort.

Luke 12:8-10

He will be left to impenitence and therefore be lost. Those who can and do repent have not committed this sin.

Luke 12:14

He kept to his own work, and did not interfere with the duty of the magistrate. Christian ministers should in this imitate their Lord and mind their own proper business.

Luke 12:15-17

Why not give the overplus to the poor? There were twenty good ways of disposing of his superfluous wealth.

Luke 12:18, 19

It was all self. He talked only of “I,” and “My goods.” Alas, such language is common enough when covetous men talk to themselves.

Luke 12:20, 21

He is a fool too. He puts the body before the soul, he hopes to find ease on the thorny bed of wealth, and makes sure of a long life in a dying world. O Lord, keep all of us from being so foolish.


Almighty Father of mankind!

On thee my hopes remain;

And when the day of trouble comes,

I shall not trust in vain.


In all thy mercies, may my soul

A Father’s bounty see;

Nor let the gifts thy hand bestows

Estrange my heart from thee.


Who Do You Have For An Example?

Be thou an example… An word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)

The Christian churches of our day have suffered a great loss in rejecting the example of good men, choosing instead the “celebrity of the hour” for their pattern.

We must agree that it is altogether unlikely that we know who our “greatest” men are.

One thing is sure, however—the greatest man alive today is the best man alive today. That is not open to debate.

Spiritual virtues run deep and silent. The holy and humble man will not advertise himself nor allow others to do it for him.

The Christian who is zealous to promote the cause of Christ can begin by living in the power of God’s Spirit, and so reproducing the life of Christ in the sight of men. In deep humility and without ostentation he can let his light shine.

To sum it all up: the most effective argument for Christianity is still the good lives of those who profess it!


The Safest Place

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:28

We believe in the eternal security of the saints. First, because they are Christ’s, and He will never lose the sheep which He has bought with His blood, and received of His Father.

Next, because He gives them eternal life, and if it be eternal, well then, it is eternal, and there can be no end to it, unless there can be an end to hell, and Heaven, and God. If spiritual life can die out, it is manifestly not eternal life, but temporary life. But the Lord speaks of eternal life, and that effectually shuts out the possibility of an end.

Observe, further, that the Lord expressly says, “They shall never perish.” As long as words have a meaning, this secures believers from perishing. The most obstinate unbelief cannot force this meaning out of this sentence.

Then, to make the matter complete, He declares that His people are in His hand, and He defies all their enemies to pluck them out of it. Surely it is a thing impossible even for the fiend of hell. We must be safe in the grasp of an Almighty Saviour.

Be it ours to dismiss carnal fear as well as carnal confidence, and rest peacefully in the hollow of the Redeemer’s hand.


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