Thomas Diary - A walk through my life

9th Dec 2012, Sunday

On Sunday, Geenu and I attended City Harvest Church at Singapore Expo Hall 1. The service started at 10 am with beautiful praise and worship. The anointing was powerful during the worship.

After worship, Dr. John Avanzini preached the message on “Power in the Name of Jesus”. 

He quoted the verses from Jeremiah 12: 5 and Psalm 20:7.

Jeremiah 12:5

“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you,
Then how can you contend with horses?
And if in the land of peace,
In which you trusted, they wearied you,
Then how will you do in the floodplain[a] of the Jordan?

Pslam 20:7

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God

When the troubles hits, remember the name of the Lord.

Luke 1:31

31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

It was because of fight with Goliath, David became king of Israel else he would have been only a shepherd boy. Similarly, Joseph would never have been in the top position in Egypt if his brothers had not sold him off as slave.

“There is nothing to be called as overcomers if we don’t have anything to overcome” quoted Dr. John Avanzini.

Acts 8:12

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

There is power in the name of Jesus. Using this name, you can overcome the mountains that you face in your life. There is healing in the name of Jesus.

Acts 3:2-9

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

You must learn how to use the name of Jesus to place the things in order that you desire in your life.

Acts 4:5-10

And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

When the name of Jesus was given, You are granted the power of attorney to do everything that only Jesus could do.

John 14:12-14

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it.

John Avanzini encouraged people to speak the things that you desire in the Name of Jesus.

John 15:14-16

14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

John 16:23-24

23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

God has granted you the power of attorney to do anything that Jesus has done. You have been commissioned to do great things under the power in the name of Jesus.

Mark 16:17-18

17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Acts 4:13

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

You’re a favored people. There is gonna be a wealth tranfer for evangelization.

Acts 21:11-13

11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”

12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

For the sake of Jesus, we must be willing to lay down our lives.

Acts 19:13-16

13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We[a]exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered[b] them, and prevailed against them,[c] so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

From the above verse, we conclude that we must be careful in using the name of Jesus. Only the believers have the power of attorney. The name of Jesus must be spoken with great respect and not in a casual talk.

John 16:24

24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Use your power of attorney, use it for healing. What’s that you want to happen in your life, is it for your marriage problem, your finances? In the name of Jesus, promotion will come, we will not be affected by unemployment, deliverance will come. There has to be a people that can speak the name of Jesus with Authority.

Finally, Dr John Avanzini ended the sermon by encouraging people to sow a sacrificial seed for the Gospel. The service finally ended with a beautiful praise song.

After service, we had lunch at Changi Point and did some shopping.

Praise God for an awesome time 🙂

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