Title: Dynamic Shift
Text: Acts 16:23-31; 33-39
Ø The word Dynamic comes from the French word Dynamique which comes from the word Dynamo in English and Dunamis in Greek. The word means strength; forceful; power, or ability. The word Dunamis comes from the Dynamite. A dynamite is an explosive.
Ø Dunamis means “strength, power, or ability; miraculous power or marvelous works .
Ø The word Shift means a sudden change, its not gradual change; its sudden change.
Ø When you see a Generator that is dormant or not in use you can not understand the power that is in it. The moment it starts running, if you touch it you will be electrocuted.
Ø If you see a solar panel or battery that is not wired, you can play with it. But don’t play with when it wired, and switches are closed you will be electrocuted because power will be grounded through you.
Ø Do not mercy around with big generators or solar you don't know what they carry.
Ø Ladies and Gentlemen power stations are not guarded they guard themselves.
Ø May the Lord wire you with the Holy Spirit today in this service, that whoever touches will be electrocuted in Jesus Name. You are a big power station of Dunamis power John 1:12.
Ø The story that we have just read is talking about wired Christians; Paul and Silas who were jailed in the city of Philippi.
Ø They were jailed for an unbelievable story that you can't even imagine. Even most of us a jailed with stories that you can not even imagine or tell people because it looks like circus. You really know that you did nothing wrong but just decide to jail you.
Ø In fact some are jail and locked by people that they helped. Today the Lord is going to wire you up.
Ø Paul and Silas had cast out a divination demon from a young girl. Who jails a person for casting out a demon.
Ø There was some young girl (Acts 16:16-21) that was being used by some people to make money and when Paul and Silas were in Philippi, they were going out to pray everyday. As they went out and pray there was a demon possessed young girl with a spirit of divination who would speak to them. “These men are the servants of the Most High God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.”
Ø If you look at the words that she was speaking there nothing in wrong in them at all, but Paul did not want either the gospel or the name of God to be promoted by Satan’s slaves, so he cast out the demon
Ø Imagine people putting someone in jail for casting out a demon. That’s unbelievable and unheard of.
Ø Even there are some here and in our lives that are just oppressed because you just said I am Christian
Ø Instead of celebrating with you they hated you more just like Joseph. God is giving you unlimited favour for that (Acts 7:9-10).
Ø I want to speak Holy Ghost fire in your situation; upon everyone who hate you for nothing and without cause in the name of Jesus.
Ø I love the attitude of these Holy Ghost fired wired men, Paul and Silas. They did accept mediocracy. The knew the power that they had.
Ø Instead of complaining or calling God to judge their enemies, Paul and Silas prayed and praised the Lord. When you are in pain in the midnight it’s not time to complain.
Ø Paul never complained they were thankful in all things
Ø The ministry of Barnabas did not go further because of complain
Ø No matter how tough things might get, complaining never makes it better
Ø In the spiritual realm complaining makes things worse
Ø The bible filled with examples of people who grumbled and paid a high price for it
Ø Consider what happened to Israel on their way from Egypt to the promised land. They had legit things to complain about
Ø A large Army of Egypt following and coming against them, the red sea, eating of manna everyday
Ø Complaining changes our perspective. It puts a veil on your eyes. It blinkers
Ø Remember how they came out of Egypt, it was through God’s intervention
Ø Numbers 11:5-6 “They said we remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost, also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onion and garlic. But now we have lost appetite, we never see anything but this manna”
Ø Thank the Lord for the job that you have. Thank the Lord for the house that you stay. Thank the Lord for the food on the table. Praise the Lord.
Ø They were longing for the onion and garlic of Egypt but forgetting the beating and slavery that came with them
Ø How can someone consider 400 years of slavery and forced labour to be better or free. Surprising!
Ø This what happens when we complain. It blinds us to reality. It puts spotlight on what we lack and veils over what we have.
Ø As Christians we need to institute a no complaining rule in our lives and pray.
Ø Complaining kills the zeal to pray. It kills the faith to pray. It destroys your passion to pray earnestly
Ø God wants us to be joyful nonmatter what the circumstances
Ø 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful (Rejoice forever), 17 Never stop praying 18 Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus
Ø Why does God encourage us not to complain; because we need to be constantly reminded of our blessing in order to maintain our perspective
Ø We all tend to lose it rather quickly. Complaining drains the energy from our lives
Ø When we focus on what is praiseworthy instead of what we wish was different, it brings the kindness of God back into focus
Ø It fuels our faith because its always easier to trust God when we remember what he’s already done instead of focus on what he hasn’t done yet
Ø Complaining doesn’t only skew our perspective but it actually puts us at odds with God
Ø 1 Corinthians 10v1-10 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. 2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses. 3 All of them ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day. 9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
Ø All grumbling is not allowed, it drains of your power. It makes you fight people and not the devil, the enemy of our life
Ø God does this to scare complaining out of us (1 Corinthians 10:1-10)
Ø This does not mean we have to love everything that happens around us. The bible says we need to be thankful in everything, It doesn’t say for everything.
Ø That means there some instances I need to pray for some issues. Asking God to change some issues, hence defeating the status quo. Otherwise there is need for prayer.
Ø Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (NLT)
Ø Philippians 4:8-9 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Ø They journey is not over until it’s finished so we need to keep the energy. Some they say it’s finished until its framed
Ø Prayer and praise are powerful weapons. They started praying and singing some praise songs and whilst they were singing the whole jail shook,. The bible says, “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.”
Ø Other prisoners must have realized that there was something very special about the two Jewish preachers
Ø May the Lord break every evil foundation that is holding you today in Jesus name
Ø Suddenly it was the jailer who was the prisoner not Paul and Silas. The jailer wanted to kill him. If it was not for Paul, the jailers could have killed himself. A hardhearted person seeking vengeance would have let him die.
Ø Your jailer can become your prisoner in Jesus name
Ø May your jailer be put in the prison that he has been locking you in Jesus name
Ø Suddenly and shockingly the attitude in the jailer had changed. He started washing the wounds of the two prisoners.
Ø Whoever caused and created wounds into your life should clean them.
Ø We should also cleanse the wounds we have given to others.
Ø They were many prisoners, but he only washed the wounds in the two.
Ø When electricity is coming from a generator it can be used for different things.
Ø It can be used to run a fan, it can be used run a heater, it can used to run a compressor, it can be used to run an electrical stove, it can used to light a bulb.
Ø Today I want to switch on the dunamis power in you. The power for change. May that power start to run now in Jesus name
Ø I speak some shifts in your life from now going on due power.
Ø Say Dynamic shift is my portion in Jesus name.
Ø In Mark 9:1 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
Ø You will not die until you witness the power of God. If you believe say Amen
Ø Stay blessed. See you next week