Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
September 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Accessing Divine Power
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Thursday August 7, 2014
Accessing Divine Power
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power” Eph. 1:19
Most of the world relies on a power source known as 
electricity. As long as the grids are functioning, the electric 
dependent artifacts discharge their actions as per usual. 
But let a turbulent storm, a grid explore, a power line is 
severed, or electric power is shut off - massive disarray 
follows as seen in traffic jams, plane delays, household 
appliances become non operative, and traditional domestic 
functions are greatly altered. 
How amazing it is that one man created source, electric 
power, can greatly impair, if not, stop normal humanity 
activity. To partially abstract from Paul’s message at Mars 
Hill, we “ live and move”... in an electric maze known as 
civilized society. While new residents move expeditiously 
to get the electric power turned on, there is another type 
of power so often neglected; it is that of Divine Power. 
Recognizing the consequence of this omission, the sermon 
for today will broach this problem using as a subject - 
Accessing Divine Power. It will include the following three 
considerations, namely: some types of worldly powers, 
the nature of Divine Power, and the value of accessing 
Divine Power. 
To undergird this sermon on power, attention will first 
be focused on the word power. There are many different 
definitions of power, a few of them include: the ability to 
act, to produce an effect, or to terminate action; a source 
of energy and the authority to act for self or over others. 
These and other definitions of power are inadequate to 
define Divine Power owing to its very nature. These 
definitions apply to the secular but not to the eternal 
world which is the domain of Divine Power. A practical 
definition of Divine Power is - the power, force or energy 
that is universal, or transcend human capacities. It is, 
therefore, under the dominion of the Almighty God. This 
fact leads to the first aspect of the sermon which is - 
types of power. Numerous are the power types, some of 
which are solar, wind, water, steam, electric, automotive, 
animal, and even human. These types vary in source and 
duration other than the solar power. As is generally known, 
solar power is thought of an being inexhaustible and it is 
being used in many contemporary constructions. While 
these power sources have been of great value in the 
progress of human civilization, they are all incapable of 
delivering the ultimate power humanity most stands in need 
thereof; it is Divine Power. This incontrovertible fact leads 
to the second focus of the sermon which is - The nature of 
Divine Power. This form of power is the sole possession 
of the Almighty God. By it, this Deity created the world, 
its contents, human kind, and - through love - gave sinful 
humanity a human sacrifice - Jesus - to obtain - by choice 
and faith - eternal life. ( Jo. 3:16 ). 
Writing on this Divine Power, the late F. N. Marsh 
noted, “The Divine Power is demonstrated in two ways: 
First, in the resurrection of Jesus and, secondly, in the 
salvation of the believer”. St. Paul expressed both of these 
realities in his letter to the Romans in 10:9. Sadly, this 
glorious message is taken to lightly or even neglected. 
But the fact remain that the same Divine Power used to 
start creation and sustain it shall, by the Divine Time Clock, 
will bring it to an end. This unavoidable reality was 
referenced by Jesus in Matthew 25: 31-46 and more vividly 
described in Revelation 20. 
To advert the disastrous and irreversible consequences 
of being condemned at the final judgment, humankind is 
urged to recognize and accept access to the Divine Power 
available to all who love the Lord and await the final return. 
The pertinent question, in this regard, becomes how to 
gain access to Divine Power. The New Testament has 
several references from both Jesus and the Apostles to the 
mode for accessing Divine Power. Only three of the 
biblical references will be cited as guidelines for 
accessing the Divine Power; first, attention is directed to 
Jesus’s messages to his disciples; it was “ But the 
Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will 
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring 
all things to your rememberance, whatsoever, I have 
said unto you” ( John 14:26 ). Beloved, this message means 
that one must be Holy Ghost filled in order to received divine 
unction. Secondly, St. Paul - in his letter to the Ephesians, 
described the Holy Ghost’s power as the - “...exceeding 
greatness of his power for those who believe...” ( Eph. 1: 19). 
Peter was also cognizant of this Holy Ghost’s power as 
found in his message recorded in the 2nd Peter 1:3; therein 
he stated, “By his divine power, God has given us everything 
we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this 
by coming to know him, the one who called us to 
glory and virtue”. 
So in closing Beloved, this sermon has reemphasized 
the existence of the Holy Ghost and His power. Of the 
many Bible references to this fact, only two were 
presented, namely the promise of Jesus to the disciples, 
Paul’s message to the Ephesians and Peter’s reminder to 
all who are willing to trust and obey His Word. The 
question, thus becomes how can I access this Divine 
Power? Fortunately, no worldly prerequisites exist 
such as education, occupation, family background, or 
credit report are needed. Instead, a personal conviction 
of a sin filled life before recognizing and seeking a new 
life with Christ thereby become a new creature. Once 
having made that decision, the only requirement is to 
read, believe, and comply with Romans 10:9. At that 
time, the new believer will have access to Divine 
Power. Amen.
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