I read today of the story of Simon the sorcerer trying to purchase the power of God. It is a reminder to me of our tendency to try to do the work of God in our own flesh.
Acts 8 18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
The Devil is after you He wants to ruin your life with unrighteousness, so he attacks your flesh in an attempt to get you to do bad, but you are a good Christian. The flesh is repulsive to you, and the Devil fails, but he isn’t finished in his effort to get you in the flesh. He knows that there is other flesh. So, having failed to get you to do unrighteousness in the flesh, he gets you to do righteousness in the flesh. Having failed in his attempt to get you to do bad in the flesh, he leads you to do good in the flesh. (Teaching on Preaching | Hyles)
I fear to many youth pastors & youth workers will stand before a room full impressional young people this week with no real power on their lives. No amount of technology, relevant music, back drop, or cool theme will allow you to buy the power of God. I have been guilty of digging the ditches, pouring the water, inviting a crowd, but not asking for the power of God to be shown.