Power for Living

As born again believers, we have our sins washed away in baptism and we are given the promise of God’s Holy Spirit as a gift. This is not merely a gift to be enjoyed but it is the indwelling of God himself within us to give us power. There are varying ideas of power and in the world there is a constant pursuit for power. However, the power that humanity needs the most is the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit empowers us to have joy, peace and hope that transcends human circumstances as Romans 15:13 tells us; “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

We are enabled to fulfill God’s calling to witness Acts 1:8 tells us that “…ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you….”

He helps and comforts us (John 14:16-17). He will guide us in to all truth, (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit gives us the strength and authority to stand firm in trials and temptations (Eph 3:16-17). The Spirit of God empowers us with gifts and supernatural ability to help others and bless the Church. (1 Cor 12, Eph 4:11-12)

However, the greatest empower that we can receive is when on that great day, even after we have passed this life, we will be resurrected to ever be with God, should the rapture tarry.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. (Romans 8:11-12 )

The secret for the power for living is found in verses 13-14 of Romans 8:

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

To have the power of God’s spirit active in our lives, we must die to the flesh and walk in the Spirit. Yield our hearts, emotions, mind, lifestyle, habits, routine, bodies and lives to the Spirit of God and we will release His power.

This month I challenge you to be filled with the Spirit and to walk therein like never before. To realize that it is the Spirit of Jesus Christ who fights our battles and gives us the victory.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

The POS Podcast 2012 – Must Listens

At the end of 2009 we started the POS Podcast and it has been a huge success. In the past few years we have had over 40,000 sermon downloads from our podcast! Every week we make available the sermons that were preached on Sunday, so there are hundreds of sermons on it. So this blog post is for those who are finding the POS Podcast for the first time (this will get you started) and for those who may not have visited the podcast for some time. These are the “must listen” sermons of the year so far:

One More Move  – Pastor Stan Harvey

The Catalyst for Change  – Pastor Stan Harvey

The Lord Our Guide and Our Guard  – Asst Pastor Jena Grech

Famine In The Midst Of Plenty  – Rev Margaret Bellette

Unexpect The Expected  – Rev David McGovern

I Am A Loser  – Rev Loammi Diaz

Also, for those who are members of the POS there was Vision Sunday and the Caltabiano’s final service before becoming pastors on the Gold Coast:

Catalyst 2012  – Pastor Stan Harvey

The Altar Calls  – Rev Jacob Caltabiano

Thank you all for being so faithful to our podcast. We hope that you benefit from it and share the podcast with others. God bless!

Encounter 2012 DVDs and CDs

This will be our final post on Encounter 2012. We had a wonderful time in March with Rev Loammi Diaz and his wife Tinu. Available for the first time this Sunday will be the DVDs and CDs of his outstanding preaching from the weekend. Also, included with the DVDs are the POS Choir performances from the weekend.

DVD Pack – $35.00                             CD Pack – $25.00

For those who do not live in Sydney, it is our plan to create an online store for our website. So please keep an eye on our blog as we will be updating you with our progress in the coming weeks. Below are a few videos from the weekend. God bless and enjoy!

Blessed To Be A Blessing

We are blessed. Living in this nation with all of the benefits and opportunities afforded to us, this is simply an understatement. Let me give you some statistics to put this in perspective:

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a bed to sleep in you are richer than 4,769,442,362 people in the world. You’re in the top 25%. You are blessed.

If you have any money in the bank, some in your wallet, or just some spare change, you are richer than 5,850,515,964 people in the world. You are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. You are blessed.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are better off than five hundred million people in our world today who have experienced those things. You are blessed.

If you can attend a worship service without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are more blessed than three billion people on this planet. What we’re doing right now is illegal for three billion people somewhere in the world. You are blessed.

Regardless of our situation, the old adage my parents always used to tell me rings true; “There’s always somebody else worse off than you. So count your blessings.” We used to sing an old hymn: “Count your blessings” and count them “one by one”. Not only should you count your blessings but if you have been blessed in any way, shape or form, you ought to be a blessing to others.

Luke 19 tells the story of Zacchaeus, a tax collector who everyone despised because of his occupation which inferred corruption. When Jesus approaches him and decides to come to his house for fellowship, it so moved him because the Messiah was showing him mercy and grace, that he was inspired to restore all that he had taken by unethical means. Jesus blessed this man and he in turn was going to be a blessing back to others.

I am convinced that God blesses us, not to heap to ourselves and become hoarders of His blessings, but He gives to us so that we can give to others. Whether it be with money, friendships, love, acceptance, salvation. If God has gifted us in any of these areas then we ought to give out to others in kind. Not only is this what God intended but if we don’t allow the blessings of God to flow, then they could very well stop at some point. We are called to be channels for the River of God and not dams.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – Luke 6:38

Furthermore, God told Abraham in Genesis 22 that he will be blessed but the blessing will not stop with him but it will flow through him that all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.

So this month and hereafter, my challenge to you is to bless others with what God has blessed you with and see if God will not replenish with even greater blessings. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are a chosen generation for the purpose of giving out, to show forth the praises of God.

We are blessed to be a blessing.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.