Anything too hard for the Lord?

Have you ever thought that there was something too hard for God? Have you ever thought to yourself, “why am I even praying this prayer”? My hand is raised. I’ve been guilty of limiting the power of God in my life. Just think about it. You have an impossible situation in front of you and what is the first thought that comes to mind? Are we casting “that” in the sea and pursuing, believing for the impossible? Or are we casting that thought down and choosing to believe that it’s too hard?

What God is asking Jeremiah is the same question that He is asking you and I. Is there anything too hard for Him? Is there a family member, someone you may know of too far to save? What about the drug addict? too far gone to deliver? The diseased? Sickness is too far gone? Your situation too far gone that God cannot still show up and show off? Of course not, He is the same today and forever and hasn’t changed. The only one that has changed is YOU!

Our vision changes when we don’t believe in God for the impossibles.

Our Vision – Without the vision of seeing it come to pass, we will never walk into what He has for us. Do you have 20/20 vision?

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GENESIS 15:1-6 < A VISION IS GIVEN >

15 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Abram was questioning God, “Offspring? I’m too old.”

When a vision is given by God, we need to nurture that vision. God has pregnated each one of us with a mission, His will in our lives. Even though it may sound strange or down right crazy. Will you believe the Lord?

GENESIS 17:15-19 < A PROMISE IS GIVEN >

Abram was ninety nine years old when God told him that he and Sarai would have a son. Genesis 17:15-19 . We learn in the previous chapter Sarai said to Abram " Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Genesis 16:1-6  

“be careful of who you surround yourself with and what voice you listen to.”

We know by now that the Lord promised Abram a child. But he listened to his wife instead of waiting for the promise. What would you have done?

I have looked past over the years the friends and people that God has put in my life. Some have stayed but most have gone. Not on bad terms, we have just grown in different ways. It’s important to be around people with the same mindset, who not only cares just as much as you do for the vision that God has impregnated you with, but a friend who you can trust to give you Godly advice

Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness

Studies have shown that being thankful improves our physical and emotional health. Holding on to feelings of thankfulness boosts our immune system and increases blood supply to our heart. Daily guided exercises or the habit of keeping a weekly gratitude journal can increase our alertness, enthusiasm, and energy, and improve our sleep. People who describe themselves as feeling grateful tend to suffer less stress and depression than the rest of the population.

LUKE 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance.

  • ITS COMMON TO SEE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAS THE SAME OUTLOOK AND THE SAME ATTITUDE OF A CONDITION HUDDLED TOGETHER. 
  • LIKE NEGATIVE NANCY, DEBBIE DOWNER, PESSIMISTIC PAT, AND A FEW OTHERS WERE THERE.

 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” (DO YOU WANT TO BE HEALED?) 

SOMETIMES WE ARE NOT PRESENTED WITH A QUESTION FROM GOD BUT AN ACTION AND THAT ACTION IS THANKFULNESS, PRAISE AND HONOR!

HE WANTS TO SEE OUR HEARTS REACTION TO A MIRACLE OR A BLESSING. 

PSALM 86:12-13

“I will give thanks to you with all my heart, O Lord my God. I will honor you forever because your mercy toward me is great.”

And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 

  • (STOOD AT DISTANCE) IT WAS LAW THAT THEY HAD TO KEEP A DISTANCE BETWEEN OTHERS. JESUS IS STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM. RELIGION KEEPS US FROM GIVING THANKS, RELIGION KEEPS US FROM BELIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE.  

16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” 

THE LEPERS WERE WANTING HEALING BUT ONLY ONE CAME BACK WITH A SOUND OF PRAISE! 

BE THANKFUL. IF WE ARE NOT CONTENT AND GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE AND WHO WE ARE, THEN WE ARE NOT LOVING GOD AS WE SHOULD. 

EMBRACE TRUST RATHER THAN CONTROL

THE BEGINNING OF REBELLION IS A THANKLESS HEART.

Greatest Treasure of All

There are many treasures in this world that we can find that has value, that is of worth. But only One treasure chose to find us, He chose to become flesh and dwell among us. There is no other treasure that we must embrace not just in this holiday season but everyday.

For thousands of years, God’s chosen people had waited for the fulfillment of his promises, and for four hundred years, God had, so it seemed, gone silent. 

…Until one night in a little town called Bethlehem, Immanuel, God with us was born.

HIS SILENCE IS NOT HIS ABSENCE, HE IS IMMANUEL, GOD WITH US.

Just imagine…

This child, the creator of the universe, the almighty God who spoke creation into existence. Came and humbled himself to become a baby. He was not laid in satin sheets, but in rags.  He was not laid in a bed of gold befitting a king but in a feeding trough for animals. There he was the greatest gift of all — In simple wrapping.

Luke 2:8-19 In the same region there were shepherds in the field. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they were filled with fear. Angel said ‘fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And fthis will be a sign for you: you will find a baby gwrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel ha multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14  i“Glory to God jin the highest,

jand on earth kpeace lamong those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

I like verse 19 when “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”

Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”

Are we truly treasuring Christ?

When we treasure the words of what he speaks in our time of difficulty those words will come to mind that will give us the courage the faith to help us get through the battles. 

I believe when Mary was kneeling at the cross at the time of His Crucifixion, we could see Mary with tears flowing her down face. She knew the purpose of her Son, but still she felt the pain of a dying loved one. I believe her mind would go back to the night Jesus was born and remembering the words of the what the shepherds spoke to her.  “Glory to God in the highest,
 and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When life has taken a turn for the worse always treasure the Word. Always go back to the Word.

STAY IN THE FIGHT

Who and what are you leaning into? That is the question.

26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” – Genesis 32:26

Maybe at times we have wrestled with God about a certain situation. We think of all the why’s. Why hasn’t He fulfilled that promise in my life, why hasn’t He performed this miracle that He said He would do? Our mind could go in a thousand directions off of just one why. But we are told to not lean on our own understanding. So who and what are you leaning on?

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When we experience the pain from those “why’s” we have two options.

  • Lean into God
  • Lean on self

It took me years, I mean years to learn not to lean, to listen to others, to figure out my understanding of the issue. But to “Be Still and know that I am God” resting in Him will divert your own solution to the issue.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you leaning on His guidance? The direction of the Holy Spirit?
  • Or are we leaning on ourselves to figure the why’s of life out?

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

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  • There’s value in struggles
  • There’s value in trials 
  • There’s value in temptations 

Jacob didn’t understand in that moment but he still leaned into Him…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Struggle, trial, sickness, temptation,) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”- Proverbs 3:5

…And whenever God is ready there will be a blessing in the release. 

James 1:12 blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.


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SURRENDER ALL

Surrendering is not on our weekly to do list. I know it isn’t on mine. with the hustle and bustle of life, it’s so easy to strive for success than to surrender. But for most we define success as a fulfilling and prosperous career, satisfying relationship, and a happy and productive life.

God though, defines success a lot differently then we do. He isn’t concerned with the amount of money you make, the shoes you wear, the position you hold in a company or a church. He doesn’t measure you on the accomplishments or charitable work that you’ve done.

God cares about who is in the driver’s seat of your life — and that is determined by your level of surrender.

The question I have to ask ourselves is this. We repent to be forgiven but are we choosing to surrender in order to be changed?
  1. There is always a call to surrender

Everyday of our lives, we are called to surrender our will for His. We are called to lay down our lives for His name sake. Luke 14:27 “And whosoever cannot bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

The beauty of surrender is that in everyday life, we have the choice to lay down our burdens, our ways of doing things and exchanging them for His rest.

When Jesus called the disciples, it meant no going back to the way of life they once knew.

In the book of 1 Kings 19:19-21 after Elisha is called of God to follow Elijah, Elisha went back, not to stay, not to think about it or to throw a “going away party” but he did something very crucial. He destroyed his livelihood, the very means of secure necessities of life. Elisha seen more value in the pursuit of God than his own.

“To step forward in your destiny you have to step away from your security.”

Just like Elisha, we have the choice to follow God or our own agenda.

” Choose this day in whom you will serve.”

MARKS OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN

PART 1 – REJOICING IN HOPE

Have you ever been asked, “how is it possible to be so joyful in your situation?” or ” how are you being so patient with ___________?

Paul in Romans 12 shows us what the true character of the child of God has. A character of hope, a character of patience and a character of steadfastness.

Romans 12:9-12 “ “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

IN ANY WALK OF LIFE, THERE WILL BE TIMES OF GREAT BLESSING AND TIMES OF GREAT DIFFICULTY.

There will be times when we will be joyful, and times of desperation in the middle of our crisis. But experience in the Christian walk is to be a learning tool. You don’t learn truth by just remembering it you learn it by experiencing it in our lives. God teaches us His word through experience.

HOW TO REJOICE IN HOPE WHEN LIFE IS HARD?

  • IF WE KEEP THINKING THAT SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN, AND IT DOESN’T, YOU END UP FEELING SICK, DON’T PUT YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION. DON’T LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU SET YOURSELF UP TO BE DISAPPOINTED.

PROVERBS 13:12 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

As you learn to rejoice in hope, you will not be overcome by life’s hardships. Instead, you will overcome them with good!

IN HIS WORD, GOD CALLS US TO PERSEVERE OVER THE LONG HAUL.

Are you pressing onward toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God? – Philippians 3:14

GUARD THE ANOINTING.

When you value something, you protect it, you cherish it, and you guard it. Do you look at it this way about the anointing? What is the anointing? Why should I guard this anointing? And how to preserve what God has given us will be answered.

First off, the gifts that God has given to us is way different than the anointing.

The gifts of God are the tools in which God has given us to help further the kingdom. The anointing of God is the empowerment of these gifts, make sense?

There are gifted worship leaders and yet there are anointed musicians.

There are gifted pastors but yet there are anointed pastors.

What a gift does:

A gift can fill a room

A gift can entertain a crowd

A gift can stir people up

What a gift cannot do:

Set those who are captive free.

Break off the bondage of those who are in chains.

Isaiah 66:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted; To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

What the anointing does:

The anointing does what it’s intended to do, to break the bondages off of the enemy grip. to free those who are walking in bondage.

2 Timothy 1:14 “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”

How well are you guarding the anointing?

3 Keys To Living the Right Life

We can live a life and live it wrong or live it right.

If you want to live the right life…

1. The right atmosphere – creating the right atmosphere with praise.

2. The right energy source – The power of the Holy Spirit

If you’re fighting the flesh with the flesh you’re not going to win.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness.”

A. The problems, challenges or addictions that we try to “fight” we will always lose.

But we have a Energy Source

1. We have a supernatural energy source — for the believer THE Holy Spirit

PRAYING IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE,

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT,

A LANGUAGE THAT GOD GIVES will give us the energy, the

1 CORINTHIANS 14:2 “FOR ONE WHO SPEAKS IN A TONGUE SPEAKS NOT TO MEN BUT TO GOD.”

WE BYPASS THE NATURAL MIND, AND OTHER OPINIONS when we pray in the spirit

PAUL SAYS IN 1 COR. 14 “I THANK GOD I SPEAK WITH TONGUES MORE THAN YOU ALL”

WHEN YOU PRAY IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE — IT’S THE BELIEVERS ENERGY SOURCE.

It disrupts the enemies plans short circuits

ISAIAH 28:11 “WITH STAMMERING LIPS AND AN UNKNOWN TONGUE HE WILL SPEAK TO HIS PEOPLE, IT’LL BE A REFRESHING. IT’LL BE A ENERGY SOURCE…”

IT’S WHERE WE GET OUR ENERGY FROM! It’ refreshing, it will edify the Believer!


ROMANS 8: “WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY, THE SPIRIT HIMSELF WILL INTERCEDE FOR US.”

HE WANTS TO PRAY FOR THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD THROUGH YOU…

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

  • YOU GET BAPTIZED IN THE Holy Spirit
  • YOU GET FILLED WITH THE Holy Spirit

AMERICA NEEDS TO BE FILLED WITH THE Holy Spirit

⁃ IT WILL MAKE YOU LOVE EVERYBODY

⁃ WOULD’NT BE ANY RACE ISSUES

⁃ IT WOULD MAKE YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER

⁃ BE FOR ONE ANOTHER

⁃ ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

⁃ THERE IS TOO MUCH HATE

⁃ TOO MUCH FLESH

WE NEED THE POWER OF THE Holy Spirit BACK IN OUR LIVES!

3 Keys to Living the Right Life

KEY #1

Do you ever wonder if you’re living the right life? In Proverbs it talks about a way that seems right to a man but in the end it will lead to destruction. That’s the price we pay if we go our own way. But Jesus says in John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am lthe way, and mthe truth, and nthe life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Key # 1 – The Right Atmosphere

3 keys to living the right life

Psalm 34:1-4 “ 

We can live a life and live it wrong or live it right.

Psalm 34:1-4

 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

When we begin to magnify God and praise God that is the key to deliverance.The enemy chooses fear because it is so gripping.

In our life we create the atmosphere. 

Emotions create atmospheres 

If someone is sad angry, upset without a word being said from their spirit you feel whatever they are feeling.

But when we MAGNIFY

When you praise the Lord you confuse the strategy of hell.

When you praise the Lord you take control of the territory you are in.

From worry to worship.

From panic to praise.

How?

Praise is a divine invitation 

That’s How we get Gods favor and blessings and God responds to the atmosphere of praise, thanksgiving, of gratitude!

So whatever situation you may be in, press in to Him! Give Him praise and see how things can change!

Purpose of His Presence

There is nothing like going on vacation to see those who you haven’t seen in such a long time. Knowing the activities and adventures that you will embark on are priceless. The time that you will spend together laughing, maybe crying about stories that you have experienced in the past are priceless. Maybe it’s just a phone call to hear their voice that you haven’t heard in a long time. That time together is priceless.

That is how it is with the Lord, David says in Psalms 63:5

“Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart. My arms will wave to you like banners of praise. I overflow with praise when I come before you, for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul. – Passion Translation

Q: So What is The Purpose of His Presence?

A: He, the Holy Spirit keeps you from wandering and causes you to separate (consecrate) anything else that is trying to take His place.

Matthew 4:18-22

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”[a]20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

There was something about Him that made these men leave behind their lives their livelihoods all that they have ever know they threw it away for the cause of Christ. What was it? They saw His Presence so valuable.

Psalm 16:11

“You make known to me cthe path of life; 

in your presence there is dfullness of joy; 

at your right hand are epleasures forevermore.”

Do you see His Presence so valuable and so priceless?

Choosing to Worship

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Psalms 103:1-4

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

David knew the grace and deliverance of God many times. In these 4 verses we see a fundamental truth.

Let me start out by mentioning that when we choose to rejoice, when we choose to pray no matter what circumstance, God is going to show up in a powerful way.

Rejoice no matter what!

This is sometimes the hardest thing to do is when your in the middle of something is to get your praise on. But it is very essential to keep focus on Him as He directs your steps.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ” Rejoice always; pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

When you enter His presence with praise, He enters your circumstances with power.

You have the choice to give or withhold praise.

I see David’s heart in these scriptures it was like he was telling himself…

Self, I don’t care what you feel like right now, 

I don’t care what trials I’ve been through this week,

 I don’t care what the situation I’m in right now.

 I don’t care what others might think or say about me…

As long as I’ve got breath in these lungs, I’m going to bless the Lord, and all that is within me, I’m going to bless His holy name!

We are told in Hebrews 13:15 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

When we live a life fully surrendered to Him, I believe what may come will not be a total surprise to us. We know we are in His hands and everything is in control.

Psalms 107:1-2

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, in whom He has delivered from the hand of the enemy.”

Forget not His benefits

We bless Him because:

He’s good

He’s forgiving

He’s freed us

He’s healed us

He’s with us

He’s for us

Choose This Day to Worship

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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

We live in times of instant gratification. We are so accustomed these days to a “vending machine” mentality, that we no longer have the patience to wait or not to find what we need immediately. Unfortunately, I have noticed that sometimes we carry the same mentality into our prayer life.

Let’s think about vending machines for a moment. We have a pocket full of change and we stand in front of a vending machine trying to decide what we want, we look at all the options. Once we make up our minds, we put in the change and voila! We get what we want.

The same thing may be happening in our prayer life. Unconsciously we think of God as the ultimate vending machine. Our thought process goes like this: Jesus promised that whatsoever we ask in His name He would do. Then we pray for what we need or want in His name, and we may continue to pray thus for few days expecting that God will do what we want. but whenever an answer comes not exactly in the way we expect it, we become mad at God. Some people believe that God does not love them because He did not give them what they had asked! Seriously?

We must realize that even when we ask good things, sometimes the answer is “No”.

“God is not a vending machine where we can go and purchase with prayer our every desire and whim”

If every prayer you ever prayed were instantly answered, two things would be true. Prayer would become a weapon of destruction in your life and you’d never think about God because He would become a vending machine.


Why be persistent? When you pray a prayer request over and over, it’s not to remind God. He doesn’t need to be reminded! It’s to remind yourself who the source of your answer and all your needs is.

Prayer is a faith builder. In the waiting God begins to grow you even more. So don’t let go of your prayers, keep on trusting

So Why Keep Praying?

Without prayer you will be powerless.

Without prayer you won’t build faith.

Without prayer you have no insight of what God is doing in your life.

Prayer prepares us for what is yet to come, what we aren’t ready for perhaps. Prayer humbles us, takes us off the throne, and puts God in His rightful place.

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Why Keep Praying?

The Power of Intercessory Prayer

2. Taking hold of God’s will and refusing to let go until His will comes to pass.

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In the book of John 11 we read the story of Lazarus.

It wasn’t Lazarus TIME TO DIE JUST YET.

SO MANY TIMES WE LOOK AT THINGS IN THE NATURAL AND NOT THE SPIRITUAL.

WHAT WE THINK IS DEAD TO US CAN COME ALIVE AGAIN IN HIM.

IF WE LET THE ENEMY PUT OUR DREAMS, 

OUR PROMISES FROM GOD IN A BOX BECAUSE WE HAVE LIMITED THE POWER OF GOD IN OUR LIFE BY REFUSING TO BELIEVE. 

THAT BOX WILL BECOME A COFFIN.

THE ENEMY WOULD LOVE TO SHUT US UP! AND PUT THE LID ON IT.

LET GOD OUT OF THE BOX!

AND LET HIM BE GOD!

BELIEVE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE

21 “Lord if you had been here…he would not have died.” …Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you. 

JESUS waited 2 more days after he died, why? It was jewish superstition that the soul could return to the body within 3 days of it being dead but on the fourth day there would be no hope for resuscitation.

There is still a rescusitator 

There is still a redeemer

THERE IS ONE WHO IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER WHO IS INTERCEDING FOR YOU AND I THIS MORNING. 

HE KNOWS WHATS AHEAD, 

HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT US THAN WE KNOW of OURSELVES, 

HE HAS THE PROVISION FOR OUR LIVES EVERYDAY!

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Sometimes we may think He is delaying 

THE  promise, 

THE HEALING, 

THE BREAKTHROUGH but in reality He knows the hour to visit you in your state of hopelessness.

Martha said “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”

Before Jesus raised Lazarus

She was expecting a miracle because the one who performs miracles was in her presence. 

Matthew 18:20

“WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I WITH THEM.”

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE INTERCEDE?

When you intercede for someone you are declaring truth in that persons life, whether it be healing, deliverance, salvation etc. you are canceling out the enemy’s plan, binding the work of the enemy and declaring the promises of God on that persons life…

The Power of Intercessory Prayer

PART 1:

  1. Prayer that pleads with God your needs and the needs of others.

1 Timothy 2:1-5

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

[No prayer is too small no prayer is too big that He will not intercede ON OUR BEHALF]

We see throughout all scripture of people coming to Jesus when he was in their town interceding for a person on their behalf and every time that need was met.

Sometimes it was instant other times it required persistence 

PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF

LUKE 18 – PERSISTENT WIDOW

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

WE MAY QUESTION GOD, DOES HE REALLY CARE?

Hebrews 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are yet without sin…

QUESTIONS TO ASK OURSELVES:

Are we pressing in for the need that we have been asking?

Are we pressing in for the needs of others

OR we just stop asking 

stop pressing and 

walk away. 

It’s NOT TIME TO GIVE UP ON GOD — KEEP PRESSING IN

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In this particular story of the Canaanite woman we see that she had to press in for God to deliver the promise. 

Matthew 15

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman – 

persistence pays off

21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. 

JESUS DID NOT SAY A WORD WHEN SHE PLEADED FOR MERCY FOR HER DAUGHTER.

 – where most stop praying

 – where most give up on the need

In verse 25 “She came and knelt before Him”

Don’t stop pleading, don’t stop kneeling before Him asking for that need in your life or of another to be met!

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STAY IN THE FIGHT

Life itself is not a problem to figure it out, it is a gift. And at times that priceless gift that we have received from God is going to come with a fight, a fight for your faith.

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ, who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

At times we question of why something is happening, but we need no reasoning but to wait on Him by submitting to Him. But most importantly we must remain steadfast in the struggle/trial.

Genesis 32 tells a story about Jacob who ‘wrestled with God’.

Gen 32:22-28

22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone. 

And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 

WHY WAS JACOB LEFT ALONE? HE WAS AFRAID TO MEET HIS BROTHER ESAU AFTER MANY YEARS OF SEPARATION. HE SENT A PRESENT TO ESAU AHEAD OF HIM HOPING TO APPEASE HIM. ESAU WITH FOUR HUNDRED SOLDIERS, AND JACOB BEING BY HIMSELF. 

JACOB WAS NEEDING BREAKTHROUGH TO END THIS FAMILY AFFAIR, HE WAS TIRED OF THE SILENCE, THE BROKEN RELATIONSHIP THAT STARTED FROM A YOUNG AGE. AND GOD SEEN THAT AND MET HIM WHERE HE WAS.

When we pray for breakthrough, sometimes we don’t expect it to happen the way we think it should. 

Jacob was not expecting for his hip to be out of place, 

God will cause us to limp to increase our faith.

but that pain drove him to stay in the fight, to not give up. 

It did not shake his faith, or silence his prayer.

OUR WRESTLE WITH GOD BEGINS IN PRAYER,

EPHESIANS 6:12 “ FOR WE DO NOT WRESTLE AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST THE RULERS, AGAINST THE AUTHORITIES, AGAINST THE COSMIC POWERS OVER THIS PRESENT DARKNESS.

However tried or discouraged, we shall prevail; and prevailing with Him in prayer, we shall prevail against all enemies that strive with us. Nothing requires more vigour and unceasing exertion than wrestling.

We are to come boldly before the Throne Room

HEBREWS 4:16 “ LET US THEN WITH CONFIDENCE DRAW NEAR TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, THAT WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED.”