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The Demonstrating Power of God by Josh Herring

Sermon scripture. “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,” 1 Corinthians 2:4. The early church affected entire cities and nations, but they did not do it by just preaching alone. People listened and lives were changed because they witnessed the demonstration of God’s
power: . . . the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them; and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. (Acts 8:6-8) When Peter came to Lydda, he found a man named Aeneas who had been bedfast for eight years. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole; arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and turned to the Lord. (Acts 9:34-35) In Joppa, Peter raised a woman named Dorcas from the dead. When this miracle took place. . . . . . it was known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. (Acts 9:42) Each miraculous demonstration of God’s power focused attention on the Lord Jesus Christ. He has given His powerful Holy Spirit unto us. It is the same power that created the universe and the same power that holds it together. For by him (Christ) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17).
While really incomprehensible, try to grasp something of this absolute power of Christ:
• In one second, our sun emits more energy than man has done since he was created.
• Our sun is only an average-size star. One star, the Pistol Star, produces 1 million times the energy of the sun and has 100 times its mass.
• Our sun and entire solar system are just a pinpoint, or small speck, in our Milky Way galaxy.
• There are perhaps 200 billion stars just in our galaxy.
• If our galaxy was the size of the North American continent, our solar system would only be the size of a tea cup.
• Quasars, at the extreme edge of the known universe, some 1,000 times brighter than our Milky Way galaxy, emit as much energy every second as our sun does in 10 million years.
• While estimates continue to rise, our galaxy is just one of more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe, many of which are comprised of 200 billion or more stars.
• Astronomers say that the total number of stars in space could equal or surpass the total number of grains of sand on all the seashores of the world, and in most cases they are separated by trillions of miles.
(Some of the above information has only recently become known because of the orbiting Hubble telescope.) Through the ancient prophet Isaiah, God said, “My own hands stretched out the heavens” (Isaiah 45:12). The psalmist pondered the wonders of creation and asked God, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4).