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December 21st, 2014

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Ben Melancon
The Enabling Power of Grace
Ben Melancon
December 23rd, 2011

The highest throne is the throne of God, and this throne is called the throne of grace (Heb 4:16).  This title for the throne is given in relation to Jesus resisting sin to the point of death.  Through Him, we are empowered to walk in the same quality of relationship and the same measure of friendship that He has eternally shared with the Father (Heb 4:15).  Jesus came to earth from the Father as the God-man, full of grace and truth (Joh 1:14).  As the Man full of grace, He resisted sin and walked in holiness.  This fullness of grace led to full obedience to the Father in giving His life for the world, demonstrating His love and faithfulness.

Looking at Jesus’ life as the Man full of grace, we see that grace is supposed to enable us to live a holy life.  Grace is not a license to lack diligence and live in disobedience (II Tim 1:9; Tit 2:11; Jud 1:4).   Jesus suffered as He resisted sin (Heb 12:3-4).  He did this by reverently submitting to the Father through fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.

Paul spoke about suffering by the power of God, not by His own strength (II Tim 1:8).  He connected this power to agreement with the grace of God (II Tim 1:9).  God determined to give us His grace in Jesus before the beginning of time.  Walking out the gospel in action and truth is accomplished by simple agreement with the grace of God given to us in Jesus, who is full of grace.  A life given to communion with God is evidence of the simple agreement with this available grace.  This does not have to manifest in walking around in a prayer room however many hours per day; we are the temple of the Holy God wherever we go.

Though we feel weak, we are strengthened in the grace of God as we humbly seek to abide in Jesus (II Tim 2:1: Heb 13:9).  This grace leads to extravagant devotion (I Cor 15:10; Eph 5:1-2; Heb 13:9-15).  This grace moves in us by the Spirit of grace, enabling us to increasingly trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross and trust His leadership through every season of our lives that are hidden in Him (Heb 10:29).

Paul prayed for the enabling power of grace to be upon the church at Ephesus.  He desired the church to be strengthened with the resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead, in order that they would know Christ dwelling (resonating) in their hearts by faith (Eph 3:16-17).  They were to be strengthened with this power through the Spirit according to the riches of God’s glory.  Paul wanted the church to know Jesus so intimately that they walked the earth just as He daily walked the earth, living alive in the love of the Father through continual communion with Him.

God has desired before the beginning of time to empower us to walk in the same quality of abiding relationship, in the same measure of friendship, in the same love, and in the same obedience as Jesus did.  He has made this available in Jesus, the Man full of grace, to the praise of His glorious grace (Eph 1:6).  Make Ephesians 3:16-19 a lifelong prayer request, and the enabling power of grace will be yours.  The result will be a holy life filled with inexpressible and glorious joy.  May we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory, both now and forevermore (II Pet 3:18; II Cor 13:14).

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Healing Rooms
11/23/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
11/23/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
11/23/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
Healing Rooms
11/30/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
11/30/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
11/30/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
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