“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all!” – Helen Keller

11/06/11 12:27 PM


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 10:38

“And no doubt you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.  Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with him.”

Two immediate effects that the Holy Spirit had on them:

1, An Empowered Will

2. A need for that will.

Acts 3:1-12, 16, 4:1, 3-4

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer — at three in the afternoon.  Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.  Then Peter said “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk.  Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.  When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognmized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.  While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade.  When Peter saw this, he said to them: “People of Israel, why does this surprise you?  Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had mad this man walk?  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servand Jesus. … It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.  The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees… seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next believed grew to about five thousand… Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!  As for us, we can not help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”  After further threats they let them go.  They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.  For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.  On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to then.  When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.”… Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.  Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Two items of interest about the impact God is offering us

1. The big impact offered us, sadly, isn’t about personal gain.

2. This big impact assumes failure.

How can you experience a spritual kick behind your life mission in God?

1. Be filled with the Holy Spirit daily.

2. Invite God to lead you into your life mission in Him.

3. Try fast, fail fast, evaluate fast, try again fast.

a. Each attempt towards impact for God carries spiritual power, whatever happens.

4. Where possible, do it as a group.

5. Don’t give up.

“Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous states have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of the Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.  We shall go on to the end.  We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, what ever the cost may be.  We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grunds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Brittish Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.” – Winston Churchill

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