The purpose of this resource is to provide you with some sermons related to revival. If I asked you what are the core areas of preaching / teaching that provide an environment for revival what would you say? By revival I mean an extension of the kingdom of God on earth through God's people being revived. As a consequence of being revived a multitude of new people entering the kingdom of God.
1) Salvation through:
- the cross and
- the resurrection.
2) The Baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Please select the tab in More)
4) The Authority of the Believer.
5) The Passion of Christ- our inspiration.
Over the next few months I will add additional teaching. The first series below covers the Cross of Christ.
SERIES ON THE CROSS
SERMON 1: FATHER FORGIVE THEM- A CRY FROM THE CROSS
Firstly, I’d like to speak to those who call themselves a Christian. When we read the Gospels it is evident throughout that Jesus was always about His Father’s business. Just as Jesus didn’t exist for Himself as a man, so the Church doesn’t exist for itself. The prayer of Jesus on the cross focused on the forgiveness of others and is a model for the New Testament Church. If people won’t hear about forgiveness in the Church then the Church needs to go to the people- to the slums and dens and dwelling places in all the cities of the world. A Church has no reason to justify its indefinite existence if it fails to achieve its primary mission of telling others about forgiveness and the pardon that Jesus won for them on the cross.
41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And [l]Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” 49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
Like Jesus we need to be about our Father’s business. We need to tell others about His cry on the cross “Father forgive them.” In Christianity, the living God Himself became the sacrifice to save others, yet other religions demand sacrifices from their devotees. It is a fair question to ask, is your God willing to sacrifice himself to save you? To appreciate what God put has put into the bible it helps to place your-self in the same situation as those in the story. It’s amazing what insights can be learned. But even if you do this it is difficult to completely understand how Jesus felt during His torture and execution. Let’s try to look down from the cross and see what Jesus thought, saw and felt?
They have just tortured you and nailed you to the cross and you see them looking up at you. What is your prayer? Jesus doesn’t cry out for Himself. Instead He cries out for the murderers that placed Him there. “Father forgive them” is His prayer. The mercy He was denied He now asks for those that hated him the most. While experiencing deep pain and suffering, Jesus reminds us not to allow despair to prevent us from approaching the mercy-seat of God for others. His entire life was baptised in prayer, He soaked Himself in it even when approaching the moment of His imminent death. He doesn’t say I forgive them- that is taken for granted- He seems to lose sight of the fact that any wrong was done to Himself- demonstrating a profound nobility of character. The religious rulers taunted Him saying “come down from the cross and we will believe in you.” This He could have easily done to escape the torment of the cross. Instead He focuses His prayer on the needs of others. This reveals how opposite the heart of God is when compared with the heart of man. The criminals beside Him blasphemed and mocked Him but His prayer was “Father forgive them.” His heart shows mercy when none was given.
During His ministry, Jesus overcame those who hated Him coming against them with an opposite Spirit. When others came at Him in hatred He would overcome with love and this pattern continued even while He hung on the cross. If you think God is unfeeling about your personal pain look at Jesus hanging on the cross, suffering what you yourself deserved. Had He refused this death, your sin would have eternally separated you from God. Rather than recognise the wrong done to Him-self He feels the sharp edge of the injustice done to His Father. Jesus believed this murderous assault was more hurtful to His Father than the pain of His own death. “Father forgive them” is His only anguish.
There He hangs perfectly innocent knowing that His own people condemned Him and the gentiles represented by Rome carried out the sentence. Consequently, the whole world stands guilty of His death by association either through the Jews or the gentiles. Even though He knew this, Jesus sought to excuse us before His Father on the basis of our ignorance. “Father they know not what they do.” Ignorance of the law isn’t a justifiable defence. And it wouldn’t have been if anyone other than God the Son plead it in our defence. God the Father says “very well my Son, I grant your request” and offers all mankind a pardon if they are willing to accept it. Please understand the importance of what I am saying, your eternal destiny depends on it. The requirements of justice are such that the sentence must be carried out if the criminal refuses to be pardoned. Everyone refusing the pardon while alive on this earth will face a second death sentence. After you die physically you will be confined in a holding cell until the death sentence will be carried out. This sentence is eternal separation from God also known as spiritual death.
In 1829 two men, George Wilson and James Porter robbed a United States mail carrier. Both were subsequently captured and tried in a court of law. In May 1830 both men were found guilty of six charges, including robbery of the mail “and putting the life of the driver in jeopardy.” Both Wilson and Porter received their sentences: Execution by hanging, to be carried out on July 2.
Porter was executed on schedule, but Wilson was not. Influential friends pleaded for mercy to the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, on his behalf. President Jackson issued a formal pardon. Wilson would have to serve only a prison term of 20 years for his crimes. Incredibly, George Wilson refused the pardon!
The U.S. Supreme Court determined, “The court cannot give the prisoner the benefit of the pardon, unless he claims the benefit of it…. It is a grant to him: it is his property; and he may accept it or not as he pleases.” Chief Justice John Marshall wrote, “A pardon is an act of grace, proceeding from the power entrusted with the execution of the laws…. (But) delivery is not completed without acceptance. It may then be rejected by the person to whom it is tendered, and…we have no power in a court to force it on him.”
Because George Wilson rejected the pardon the sentence had to be carried out. The same principle applies to every person here today. Jesus Christ offers you a pardon for your sin, but unless you accept it, like George Wilson the sentence must be carried out, namely- eternal separation from God. The same principle applies in contract law. If there is no acceptance of the offer then there is no binding contract and the parties cannot benefit from it.
From the cross I can see the religious rulers who certainly didn’t ask Jesus to pray for them saying: “Intercede for us dying king!” He exercises His priestly office of intercession by praying for those undeserving of it. All of us included. Without Christ in you there is nothing good about you and even if everything is bad about you, see how it doesn’t stop Jesus from praying for you. He prays: “they know not what they do.” I want you to know that the King on the cross prayed for you then and even prays to His Father now. If you have never accepted His pardon you have heard the sentence that awaits you. So accept the pardon now and say this prayer.
Jesus I ask you to be my Saviour believing that you have saved me from my sin. As my Lord I ask You to be first in my life. I take myself off the throne of my life and place you on it. I believe that your Heavenly Father has raised you from the dead by the power of His Holy Spirit and believe the eye witness accounts of your disciples who saw You die on the cross and come back to life again. I thank you that my spirit that lives forever has been born again. When this shell of a body dies, my spirit will be able to return to you and live with you in eternity. I thank you Jesus.
I hope you can glean some pearls from this sermon that you might find useful. What happens after I've preached this sermon and others like it, is to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to the people present in His way. All you personally need is an expectant heart. I invite people to come forward for prayer if they'd like it. The Holy Spirit falls on them and they are healed, speak in tongues and encounter His presence generally.
SERIES ON THE CROSS
SERMON 2: THE MIRACLES OF THE CROSS
Today I have an unusual request of you. Please come and rob me. You see I have an abundance of golden truth and I’d like you to carry away as much as you can. My supply can never be emptied because God has supplied abundantly. No demon or devil can rob me of its power and when they are confronted with its truth they run away in abject fear. The enemy has a hold on people through sin and the cross is the most powerful weapon that breaks its grasp. I’m not afraid of mankind stealing it from me. In fact I welcome you to come and take as much as you can. I willingly give it to all who are hungry for its power. You too will find rest in the knowledge that the cross has brought you victory over sin. Knowing this truth will better equip you to go forth and tell others about its power.
I quite understand those who have never considered the cross to see the death of Jesus as defeat. They think what power is there in a God who has died on a cross? Perhaps you can relate to this. Rather it was a great victory won for mankind over the power of sin. Miracles are supernatural things that give us faith in a supernatural God. The miracles that took place during and after Jesus’ crucifixion inspire us to believe for yet another great miracle- our own resurrection from the dead. The cross and the resurrection form the backbone of victory in a believer’s life.
The intended purpose of this sermon is to affirm the faith of believers in the power of the cross and to bring those who haven’t understood it, into a saving relationship with God. Let’s look at the miracles.
Even though it was day time Mark 15:13 says between 12.00 and 3 p.m. complete darkness hung over the land. The Father couldn’t look at the sin laid upon His Son- your sin, my sin and the sin of the world. In fact our sin was so black, it blackened out the sky. Many think they are only little sinners and so God wouldn’t be interested in them. Sin is sin and it separates you from a Holy God and if you die in your sin, one day He will come looking for you.
Miracles 2 & 3
Graves were cracked open by a powerful earthquake. No doubt this was an expression of the Father’s grief over the death of His Son, but it followed yet another miracle when some of the saints were resurrected from the dead appeared in the city. (Matt 27:51-53) This was proof that the cross had released resurrection power. Although these people died physically and permanently some time later, it gives us hope in the truth of the resurrection when we too will receive a resurrected body like that of Jesus. One day all graves will be opened in a similar manner and there will be two resurrections. Those who have died in Christ will receive a resurrection of life and those who haven’t a resurrection of condemnation. Which of the two resurrections have you chosen?
The temple curtain was as thick as a man’s hand and it was a barrier between the Holy of Holies and the rest of the temple. The High Priest was the only person who could enter the Holy of Holies and only once each year on the Day of Atonement. Before he entered the blood of a sacrifice had to be shed. The curtain represented mankind’s sin which separated us from God’s Holy presence. After Christ’s death invisible hands ripped the temple curtain. It took a massive amount of force to tear it from top to bottom- a visual picture that salvation is from God towards man and not man towards God. Many of the world religions will have us believe we can climb a ladder of good works to come before God. In reality, it is the other way around. No man can come before the Father unless through Jesus. The torn temple curtain represented Christ’s body on the cross. For we who believe, the finished work of the cross meant that sin no longer separates us from the presence of God. We can enter His presence every day through Jesus our High Priest and not just on the Day of Atonement.
The centurion supervising Christ’s crucifixion was an eye witness to these events. He drew only one possible conclusion- “Surely, this man was the Son of God. (Mark 15:39) He had executed many men by nailing them to a cross and had never said this about them. Jesus didn’t die like all the others. His death was singularly different as the man was singularly different from all other men. No one had ever died under the same miraculous circumstances. To claim that Jesus was just a man like you or me defies the facts of His death and the centurion’s observation.
I wonder what the Centurion would have said if He had witnessed Jesus’ resurrection. Disbelieving Thomas saw Jesus alive after His death and his conclusion was “my Lord and my God.” (John 20:28) This was proof that Christ didn’t remain on the cross or in the grave. He rose three days after His death proving that He had defeated death- not just for Himself but for us all. As much as the cross brought victory over sin, the resurrection brought victory over death. His victory is our victory.
Perhaps there are some here who have actually mocked the truth of the cross. I want you to know that you aren’t alone. While on the cross Jesus experienced the mocking of others at three important junctions.
- Those who passed by mocked Him saying: “You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Matt 27:37-40) Perhaps you are just passing by today and think nothing at the sight of the bloodied man hanging on the cross.
- Or are you like the Scribes and Pharisees who mocked Him saying “He saved others, Himself He cannot save.” Perhaps you are a wise and educated man like them and agree that He deserved to be mocked. What I’ve told you is actually the beginning of saving knowledge for both the educated and uneducated.
- Physical death has many different forms and all men face one of them. At this point will you be like the man on the cross beside Him who mocked saying, “If you are the Christ, save Your-self and us.” (Luke 23:39) Mocking Him will only bring you the same fate as the criminal- eternal punishment and separation from God.
And here you are listening to me today and I have shown you the Saviour hanging on the cross. What is your conclusion? Ignoring what He has done for you mocks His sacrifice just like those at His death. Perhaps you have used His name as a swear word and continue to mock Him even today. Even now the Holy Spirit is speaking to you and testifies about the truth you have just heard. Do you know there is only one unforgivable sin and that is blaspheming the Holy Spirit? (Luke 12:10) Does that make you feel comfortable because in your relief you say 'I've never done that,' Yet, if you don't believe your unbelief has just called Him a liar and that is the blasphemy that I refer to.
But it doesn’t have to end that way.
Make no mistake that which is dead is dead and unless the Spirit of God reveals the truth to you and breaths His life upon your spirit, you will remain dead in your sin. The good news of the gospel is that you can be born again. Just like Christ’s physical body was resurrected, your spirit which is dead to God through sin can be brought back to life. The ongoing miracle of someone being born again happens every day. Why not join them? I don’t want you to leave having missed the hour of your visitation. I ask you to appropriate the benefits of the cross and the resurrection and be saved from the wrath that comes upon the children of disobedience.
Miracle 7 plus more
God the Father wants to affirm the truth of the cross and the resurrection of His Son. Signs and wonders will be seen today in support of the truth you have just heard. I invite those needing salvation or a miracle from God to come forward for prayer.
SERIES ON THE CROSS
SERMON 3: Is 53
God has given us prophetic messages to encourage and warn us. When prophecy is fulfilled it gives us a confidence that we can rely on God’s promises. An atheist friend of mine set out to disprove the prophecies of the bible. When he studied the facts, they proved to be true and so he became a Christian. Isaiah 53 is an amazing chapter written approximately 740 years before the events took place. It describes the sacrifice of the Messiah who would be killed on a cross for mankind’s salvation. Israel was and still is a very proud nation. As God’s chosen people they would never think to treat their Messiah in such a despicable way as described by the prophet, yet it happened just as he said. Let’s look at the way in which the prophecies were fulfilled.
Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
The Old Testament prophets must have felt so frustrated by Israel’s rejection of God’s prophetic messages about worshiping only the Living God. Perhaps modern day preachers could say the same thing. “And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” was a desperate cry of the prophet’s heart. Israel’s spiritual leaders were so dull of hearing and for 420 years there was little revelation about God. Vision and prophecy had been sealed up until the appearance of the Messiah.
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Israel lived under the harsh yoke of Roman rule and the Messiah was born during a time of spiritual dryness. Israel expected a Messiah who would lead them in a war against Roman tyranny and restore their nation to its former glory. Instead He came as a baby- like a tender shoot from a dry ground through the miraculous virgin birth. It has been said that Jesus had the physical appearance of an ordinary man. There was nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him as this verse foretold. It was only when people looked into His eyes that they noticed any difference. He lived a sinless life and when people looked into His eyes they saw their own reflected sin. The beauty of Jesus was the internal beauty of His character and not in His external appearance. This internal beauty was also seen in the Garden of Eden.
God placed our first parents in a Garden of Delight and made them His under-rulers. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden represented the Messiah who was to come. However there was another tree called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God commanded our first parents not to eat from this tree. It was a reminder to them that God was sovereign. Mankind could eat from any other tree including the tree of life. The choice of the two trees was before them, but mankind rebelled against God’s commandment and ate from the forbidden tree. Why did they choose so badly? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a beautiful tree. It appealed to Eve’s sense of beauty and she ate from it to be wise. Adam also ate from it wanting to rule his own life instead of God. The tree of life had no appeal of external beauty to be desired, just like the picture of the Messiah who had no form or comeliness in His physical appearance.
God had warned our first parents that if they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would face a two-fold death. Spiritual death came upon them immediately. No longer did they have a face to face relationship with their creator and they died physically many years later. The Messiah would eventually come to make new birth possible for the spirit of man that was dead because of sin.
If mankind had eaten from the tree of life after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would have become eternal criminals- living forever in exile from God’s presence. So God placed a flaming sword around the tree to prevent this from happening. God’s heart has always been to bring reconciliation with His rebellious children. This took place when God the Son came into the world to pay the penalty for mankind’s rebellion.
The Messiah’s beauty is an internal beauty of the Spirit just like the life giving juices of the tree of life and not in any external beauty. When the Messiah came to His own people, they didn’t recognise Him missing their time for Godly visitation.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, we esteemed him not.
They were expecting a Messiah who would lead them in battle, not a man who preached love your enemies and do good to those who spitefully use you. Surely the real Messiah would include the moral rulers the Pharisees and the ruling class of the Sadducees as His disciples and not the common sinners that He had chosen. The Messiah was well acquainted with grief when He was betrayed by one of his closest friends; condemned by his people although innocent; forsaken by his disciples and governorship.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Have you ever wondered what it would take for God to forgive sin? You might say God is God so He can do anything He likes. If God’s character is perfectly just, then perfect justice demands a punishment for breaking the Law. God can’t act in a different way to His character. Adam and Eve committed the sin of high treason and the penalty for that has always been death. How could God forgive mankind and yet at the same time be perfectly just? The death penalty must be applied to pay for their sin. In this we see the need for blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin and it needed to be perfect.
Many saw mother Taresa as a selfless human being. Would she have been an appropriate sacrifice? Unfortunately, the best of mankind will never do because all have sinned in some way including mother Teresa. Sin came into the world through one man therefore it is only just that by One man it could be removed. It demanded the perfect sacrifice of a sinless person. Only God Himself could be that sacrifice in the form of Jesus- the sinless Lamb of God.
Would your god be prepared to punish himself for the wrongs you have committed? Our Messiah carried our griefs of sin and sorrow. The punishment we deserved was placed on Him. During His life, He did many things to prove that He was God. He lived a sinless life, healed all that came to Him, cast out demons, had power over the weather and even raised people from the dead. You would expect people to highly esteem Him, yet the extent of their gratitude was to murder Him on a cross.
As you can see God doesn’t forgive sin easily. It took the highest price that heaven could pay. This is in stark contrast to His trusted friend who betrayed Him for less than the price of a common slave. But it didn’t end on the cross. As hard as it was for Father God to place our punishment on His innocent Son, it was pre-planned in eternity that Jesus would be raised from the dead. The cross was just the beginning. In the same way that God raised up His own Son, His adopted sons and daughters will also receive a resurrected body on the last day.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Some people interpret this verse to mean His stripes healed us from physical infirmity. The cross was about punishment for sin and about healing reconciliation with God. If we have been reconciled with God then this opens the door for physical healing, but isn’t necessarily the release of it. If anything it is resurrection life that brought about our physical healing. I don’t want to rob anyone of their faith and if they believe contrary to me then God bless them.
The feeling of guilt about our sin removes our peace. The chastisement of our peace was placed on Jesus the Lamb of God and so He became our peace with God. Not by anything that we have done, but rather His sacrifice on our behalf.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He took everyone’s iniquity no one is excluded. People from every tribe, language and nation can receive God’s forgiveness. Sin had no claim on Jesus personally, but our sin was laid upon Him like a heavy blanket or cloak. Our sin literally blocked out the sun for three hours from 12 – 3 p.m. in the afternoon and our Heavenly Father couldn’t look upon His Son.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he not his
At His trial the Jews brought many accusations against Him, why didn’t Jesus open His mouth to defend Himself? The Governor Pontius Pilate wanted to free Him and thought he had found a way out. It was His custom to release a prisoner at that time of year, so he brought out Barabbas a notorious criminal- surely the people would want to free Jesus instead. But no, the crowd stirred up by the religious rulers called for the release of Barabbas. In this we see the reason why Jesus was silent.
Jesus took the place of Barabbas who should have been executed. You can remove Barabbas and put yourself there because Barabbas was symbolic of you and me. Jesus knew that we are all guilty of breaking God’s law and because He took our place He had no defence. No defence meant that He had to be silent. I’ve seen sheep going to the slaughter and they don’t fight even though they somehow know what is going to happen. This was the fulfilment of the prophetic picture of Jesus going to the cross in Is 53.
He was taken from prison and from judgement: and who shall declare his generation? : for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
After His death Jesus spent three days and nights in hell. In that sense He was cut off from the land of the living. There is some scriptural support to believe that Jesus preached to the Old Testament saints. The name Hell means holding place and if more than just a parable, the story of Lazarus and the rich man describes hell as divided in two sections- holding the just and the unjust. The Old Testament Saints didn’t have a free ticket into heaven and still needed to believe on their Messiah. After preaching to them Jesus took those who believed into the paradise of heaven leading captivity captive. Jesus walked up to the devil and ripped the keys of death and hell from his hands and the devil fled to the deepest recesses of hell in fear and humiliation. His ultimate demise will take place when hell is thrown into the lake of fire along with all those who have refused to accept the sacrifice of Jesus. It’s a good one to miss, Make sure you miss it by calling Jesus Lord of your life and the removal of all other gods.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, was any deceit in his
The rich man Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus down from the cross and placed it in his own tomb. In this way Jesus made His grave with the rich again fulfilling the prophecy of Is 53.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
The Living God didn’t delight in the pain of His suffering Son. In fact He turned His face away as He couldn’t look upon it. In this instance He delighted not in the suffering, but in knowing that what His Son suffered would be the seed of reconciliation with His many adopted Sons and daughters.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
The penalty for your sin was poured out upon the soul of Jesus and God the Father was satisfied. The penalty was paid. The last words of Jesus on the cross were “it is finished.” This meant no further punishment was necessary. It would be unjust for the criminal to be punished twice for the same offence. Therefore those who accept Jesus as dying in their place, no longer need to fear any further punishment. He suffered it for them making full restitution and satisfying the righteous requirements of the Law. The same thing can’t be said if you refuse to accept His payment. You have no remedy for your sin which clings to you. If God didn’t spare His own Son in payment for sin what will happen to those refusing His payment? The picture of Jesus hanging on the cross is a grim reminder to you that there is a day of reckoning coming when you will make payment for your unbelief. If the criminal refuses the pardon then the sentence for the crime must be carried out. There is no salvation apart from faith in the work of Jesus on Calvary!
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Pilate was afraid to execute Jesus, but when they said He claimed to be the Son of God, Pilate became more afraid. He probably thought, ‘this is the Son of God and they want me to execute Him.’ Pilate had good cause to be afraid because it was true. Calvary might have been a fearful sight, but an even more fearful sight awaits those who refuse to accept its benefits. Jesus was numbered with the transgressors when two criminals were executed beside Him. When you look at the scene of Calvary and the three crosses you can see the destiny of all mankind. One criminal continued in his blasphemy of Jesus and refused to accept salvation. The other criminal also blasphemed Jesus, but had a change of mind and called Him Lord. One criminal went into eternal torment and the other into everlasting life. Which criminal’s destiny have you chosen? Be like the criminal that changed his mind, if you have never called Jesus your Lord- do it now. Have a change of heart and enter into everlasting life.
God validates who He is through prophecy. The Old Testament is full of directive prophecy where God explains what will happen in the future. Only God as the source could do that. Mankind doesn’t have that capacity within his own resources. It is only a characteristic of the Living God.