so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:5
We are living in strange times, who would’ve thought that some virus could devastate the economy? It has shaken every part of our world as we know it. Our jobs, our families and more than that it has shaken the economy. And for some it has shaken a lot of things that you would’ve never thought possible. What will you be left with when all of this goes away? Will you have more money than before? Will you have your job? What will remain when the dust settles? or more importantly, will you be moved by this storm? Or will you take refuge in the Lord?
Paul reminds us in Hebrews 12:27 “This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken — that is, things that have been made — in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.”
Every distraction that has been the priority, our careers, our lives has been shut down. And we have been driven back to the basics of family and faith. I believe that God sometimes has to shake our world to re-focus our priorities in order to wake us up and for us to realize that He is our priority.
So where is your faith? Is it in man, money, possessions?
Or is it in Christ alone?
God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power – to overcome the obstacles and love – to help others and sound mind – ability to not panic, make wise choices, to choose faith over fear. – 2 Timothy 1:7
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?
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.” 2 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?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 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.” 5 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.” 6 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
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
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!
Sometimes we may think He is delaying
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.
“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…
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, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 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. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 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
It’s NOT TIME TO GIVE UP ON GOD — KEEP PRESSING IN
In this particular story of the Canaanite woman we see that she had to press in for God to deliver the promise.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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?
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
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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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’.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 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. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 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
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.”
I find myself speechless at times when I think about the love of the Father, the reckless, fanatical all consuming father who was there before it all was made, or created. Bible says that He knew us even before we were conceived. He knows the plans, He has the blueprints to our lives and by trusting Him He will unveil those plans as we walk by faith as we do the Will of the Father. In this story we see the pursuit of the Father and His love for mankind.
Here is a story of a man who was blind from birth. Who has never seen the sunrise or sunset. He’s never seen the birds of the air or anything that moves nor has he seen the handiwork of God’s creation, until now.
We don’t have to know everything about God before we come to Him. He is a mystery. But yet in the pursuit of Him, He unravels the mystery before our eyes so that we may see the works that He displays in our lives!
Ever Before Us
John 9:1“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.”
Jesus knew him without asking any questions of when or how he was blind. Jesus seen Him available for a miracle.
“Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
John 9:3 ESV
I believe when we lose the wonder of God we begin to be blind to the opportunities of what God can do in our lives and as well as others.
Always After Us
“Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.”
John 9:6-7 ESV
Being sent in order to be healed was the least that this man could do. Just imagine the anticipation, the hope that was stirring inside of this man and the enthusiasm as he washed his face in the pool.
“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.””
John 9:25 ESV
Always After Me
“Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”
John 9:35-41 ESV
Jesus was looking for this man? And He found him. In a place where Jesus knew where he would be. At His feet. It’s where He has found me and you. He is always ever after me.
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 “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.
“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.
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!
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.
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.