Are you Connected to The Proper Power Connection?” Parts 1-2

Mark 1:29-39

Most of you have used a jumper cable when car battery has died. The cable is the proper connection for power.

The Bible says in Is 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-5, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Now back to our story: Jesus first cast out devils in verses 21-28. It was a busy day for Him in preaching, teaching, casting out devils and healing.

THERE WAS FIRST OF ALL A WEAKENED CONDITION IN VERSE 32.

John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

When the flesh is tired – we need a jump-start.

THERE WAS FIRST OF ALL A WEAKENED CONDITION IN VERSE 32. 

THERE WAS WILLING CONSECRATION VERSES 31, 34-35.

Just realizing your battery is dead will not accomplish anything – you must have a jump-start. Make some effort to get going again in your weakened condition.

I like what Spurgeon said about this text: “He had much work before him, and therefore desired much communion with God.  The pressure of business should not excuse us from prayer, but rather urge us to have more of it. The Son of Righteousness was up before the sun.  How much must our Lord have loved prayer to renounce his needed rest in sleep, in order to hold converse with his heavenly Father.  He was sinless, and yet needed prayer: far be it from us to dream that we can do without it.  In private we must, like our Lord, equip ourselves for the public battle of life.”

Someone else said: early rising, for the purpose of engaging in secret prayer before entering on the duties of the day, is the dictate of true wisdom, and is highly conducive to health, excellence, usefulness, and enjoyment.

Jesus went to a solitary place at 3:00 AM. Abraham went to a solitary place to build an altar to make a sacrifice. Moses went to a solitary place to meet with God. Job offered a sacrifice in a solitary place early in the morning. John Wesley got up at 4:00 AM to pray for three hours in a solitary place. E.M Bounds prayed for hours early in the morning. Jesus often prayed early in the morning.

It is not a matter of time or even a lack of time but a matter of discipline.

“And there prayed….”

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!