- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2001

Excerpts from a sermon given yesterday by the Rev. William Thomas at Open Bible Ministries in Forestville.

There is something inside each of us. And in Ephesians 3:20, it says that this something allows you to do things "exceedingly and abundantly above" what's normal. Whatever that something is, it should allow me to live above the rest of the pack.
If we don't understand it, we can't tap into it. We want to say, "God, you do it." And He is saying, "No, you are going to do it." You may get frustrated because God hasn't done the things you want, but He is saying, "You haven't done it." God may be just as frustrated with you. He gave you the power. What is this thing that is in us?
God created us just a little lower than the angels, so it would seem natural that we live "exceedingly and abundantly above." But how do we do that? Turn to 1 John 4. What does it say? "Ye are God's little children, and have overcome , because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world."
What is in you is not only great, but it is a "He." And it is a source of power. With that, I should be the best worker on the job. I would never complain that, "I'm working my fingers to the bone" if I had tapped into that power. You should be "exceeding" and "abundant" above the world.
Sometimes you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Powerless, even to put one foot on the floor to start another day. But that power, remember, is a "He" that is greater than the world. Now go to the Gospel of John 1:12. We've got to get an understanding of this thing within us. We can live the victorious life Christ has promised. Here again it says you are given "the power to become the children of God."
We read it everywhere. In Deuteronomy and the prophets — the same thing. "Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God [for] it is He that giveth thee all power and wealth." He made this covenant with His people, and keeps it to this day. God is saying, "You can't go out there and make it on your own." You have to tap into the power.
Jesus is saying, "I did not come down from the cross on Golgotha for you to be living like this. I put something in you that is greater than the world. So why do you keep on blaming all your problems on the world?" The obstacles help us look up to heaven, and not forget God. But what is in us overcomes the world. The Holy Spirit came as the comforter. We are comfortable in the world, but overcome its temptations.
Now look at John 1:12. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power." Say it. "I've got the power."
Your attitude changes. You make a great reversal. You no longer live in a dog-eat-dog world. Do you know what I like about this first part of John's Gospel? It says to "as many as received Him." We only have to receive Him. No matter what mess you're in, when you receive Him, He comes to you inside. You don't have to go to a board. You don't have to pass someone's vote.
We become the sons and daughters of God. Now I should point something out from Genesis. When God said "subdue the world," He was not just talking to Adam. Eve was there, too. Sons and daughters of God. Both have the power to overcome the world. So now I have a whole different outlook. I have a different air about myself. I can be in the inner city, but walk as if I'm living in the suburbs. I just switched families.
When you are God's child, you don't just have a chip on your shoulder. You have an entire [divine] government. No more sad days. The Lord says, "This is the day I made for you."
Do you see? Everything that God has, I have. Some of you may have written your wills, which is good. But don't worry. Your children get it all. It's automatic. Remember the prodigal son? Even if your Father hasn't heard from you for a while, it doesn't erase your rights. Go talk to Him. Your Daddy is rich, and it's there for you.
Next week: a sermon by the Rev. Brian Clark at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling.

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