HOW TO HAVE POWER WITH GOD

 

 

Ps 78:41

41    Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

 

Here in the book of Psalms we are told that God was limited by the use of human beings as His instrument of accomplishment.

 

His task was to bring salvation and righteousness to Israel.

 

He could have used other instruments to accomplish this purpose, but He chose to use men.

 

It is easy to understand why God used the Holy Spirit who is an intrigal part of Himself, faithful and pure in every way, and God would use His Word which never changes. 

 

But God also uses men.  Sinful and unfaithful as we may be God chooses to use unworthy human instruments for His precious work of bringing salvation and righteousness to mankind.

 

There are several pitfalls that limited men from having power with God in Psalm 78.

 

Let us recognize the pitfalls and vow to avoid them so that we can have the power of God to witness and win others to Christ.

 

Several requirements for having power with God:

 

I. WE MUST RESIST BACKSLIDING BY MAKING COMMITMENTS.

 

Ps 78:9

9      The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

 

A. Backsliding brings failure.

 

Deut 4:9

Matt 5:13

Luke 9:62

2 Tim 1:8

2 Tim 2:12

 

B. Commitment brings strength.

 

Heb 11:6

6      But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Deut 11:13‑14

Gal 6:9

1 Cor 15:58

 

II. WE MUST BE OBEDIENT.

 

Ps 78:10

10    They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;

 

Exod 19:5

5      Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

 

Exod 20:6

6      And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

 

Luke 8:15

15    But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

 

Eph 2:10

10    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

III. WE MUST REMEMBER HIS BLESSINGS

Ps 78:11

11    And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.

 

Ps 78:42

42    They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.

 

Have we forgotten what God has done for us?

 

Salvation? 

Taking away the sin that consumed us?

Making our lives meaningful?

Supplying our every need?

The love that He manifest toward us?

 

Have you forgotten God’s goodness?

 

Ps 103:2

2      Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 

Isa 51:13

13    And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

 

Isa 51:13‑15

Ps 44:17‑20

Ps 50:22

 

IV. WE MUST ACCEPT THE SITUATIONS IN WHICH WE FIND OURSELVES AS GOD’S WILL. (RESIST TEMPTATION TO MURMUR)

 

Ps 78:19

19    Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

 

Are we content with the circumstances in which we find ourselves?

 

Ps 1:1

1      Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 

Isa 10:15; Phil 4:11; Ps 37:16; Eccl 5:12; Phil 4:11‑12; 1 Tim 6:6‑8; Heb 13:5

 

V. WE MUST BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN DO ANYTHING.

 

Ps 78:22

22    Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:

 

Ps 78:32

32    For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

 

IF WE CANNOT BELIEVE GOD. WE CANNOT SUCCEED IN PLEASING HIM.

 

Isa 7:9

9      And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

 

Matt 13:58

58    And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

 

Rom 3:3

3      For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

 

2 Tim 2:13

Heb 3:12

Heb 11:6

6      But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

Isa 26:4; Isa 40:28; Isa 48:13

 

VI. WE MUST BE SINCERE.

 

Ps 78:36‑37

36    Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.

37    For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.

 

Do you mean what you tell God?

 

It is better not to vow than to vow and not do it.

 

Eccl 5:4‑5

4      When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

5      Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

 

Gal 1:10

10    For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

 

1Thes 2:4‑6

 

Titus 2:7‑8

7      In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

8      Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

 

Josh 24:14

14    Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

 

2 Cor 1:12

12    For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you‑ward.

 

VII. WE MUST BE FAITHFUL

 

Ps 78:57

57    But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

 

Ps 31:23

23    O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

 

Prov 28:20

20    A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

 

1 Cor 4:2

2      Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

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