When Is It My Turn?

For many it’s called the waiting game. I like to call it the unbelief that has settled in the hearts of many Christians. What do I mean? Many Christians have dis-valued the power of God of His healing power, promises and His authority. How? This generation has become impatient, lazy and expect miracles to happen overnight. God never changes, God doesn’t compete with us, and He never will. For some, many people test the Lord, they do things that so they think “make” Him respond of the situation. This can dangerous, and very stupid. We have to realize the character of God and to know that He sends us what we need, when we need it and the time that He allows it to come into your life. We can’t rush God to do things. God’s delivery system is called faith, and without it, no man can please God. Take a look in the book of John 5. A man who had an infirmity for 38 years, who was bedridden, and not able to walk, until one day.

 

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

 

They once were the first ones to the altar to have prayer; first to stand and worship after offering was taken; first to shake hands to the people around them. Now they are the first ones out the door. Months, maybe years has passed. The miracles, and healing’s that they had read over and over in the Bible; the countless testimonies that they have heard; The hands that have been laid on them for the miracle and healing and has not yet seen manifested in their own life. They desperitly need a miracle but nothing has happened yet. The lies of the enemy has been planted. Now they begin to have thoughts “Does God love me?” “Does God still perform miracles?” “Is there a God”. Yes! Yes! and Yes! The man who once laid for 38 years at the gate by the pool of Bethesda had the same thoughts. When is it going to be my turn? Why are all these around me have gone before me and received their healing? Think of how many people in his time of laying their being the spectator instead of the participant has seen others be healed. They stepped in as a diseased, lame, blind or paralyzed body but came out healed; a miracle had just happened in their life. 

 

“Our disability has no excuse for His ability”

 

From the age of 9 I knew God had big plans for me. The scripture that the Holy Spirit had gave me at that age was the discussion at the burning bush when Moses fights with God as to say he is slow of speech, that he is not able to do what God is calling him to do. I too was a Moses.

I had always dreamed of preaching in front of people. The messages that God would give me before I was even called at the age of 22 was like a fire that was shut up in my bones, but boldness I did not have. I too was frail and paralyzed by fear. The moments that led to where I am at today had to take radical, daring faith outside of my comfort zone.

Maybe this man had given up, maybe at one time he was near the pool, but he had said to his friends “Just put me over there away from the water”, “I’m never going to be healed”, “It’s not my time.”

What’s keeping you from the water?

 

His ability can overcome our disability, it takes faith, just a little faith.
One day, a man who he had never seen before. Maybe he had heard of Jesus, the news about Him being the Messiah, this so called Son of God according to the Pharisees. He found out that He truly was the Son of God, the prophecy that was spoken by Isaiah ” This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah “He took our illness and bore our diseases.” – Matt 8:11

“Take up your bed and walk”

When we rely on the natural instead of the spiritual, the doctors instead of the Lord, medicine instead of the Holy Spirit. We become less dependent on the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, doctors and medicines are a gift from God but we should never come to a point to where we totally depend on them. This man relied on the waters to heal him, but when he had the personal touch from Jesus his whole life changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drawing Lines in the Sand

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I’m a very independent person, I don’t like to bother anyone. I never like to ask and feel like I’m a nuisance to somebody if I do. I always find a way or should I say try to resolve my own issues and problems…most of the time. Ever since I got saved in 2009, I still have that “I can do it myself” attitude that God is still helping me break off. We all have that one area I believe that we need help in. Yes He can free you from anything. But in some cases God will allow an area of discomfort in your life so you will be dependent on Him. It’s not that He’s doing it out of spite but to let us know how weak we are, the reality of how much we really need Him.

” What you allow God to do in you will be the only limit to what He will do through you”

When God speaks, whatever He says happens, His Words are Power.

Isaiah 55:11 

“so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

> If we have faith in Him He will do great and mighty things beyond our understanding. If we have absolute faith in Him His absolute power shall accomplish His absolute will.

Sometimes God restrains His power because of our unbelief, In Mark 6 we read, “And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6And he marveled because of their unbelief.

The town people could not receive what Jesus was there for because they put their own limitations on Jesus.

What limitations are you putting on a limit-less God?

Who Are You?

“The Testimony of John the Baptist And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (John 1:19-23 ESV)

John, a man that was nearly unstoppable to get closer to Jesus. A man that let nothing get in his way to declare and announce Jesus as Lord of Lords. Humbled in every way that made his soul cry out, “Make straight the way of the Lord”

What is your life story crying out?

We learn that John was sent from God to bear witness about the Light (John1:6-8) His purpose in life was to announce the coming of the Messiah. What is one of our purposes in life? When the Jewish rulers had asked John who he was John denied himself and pointed to the Messiah. Are we pointing to ourselves more or to Him? Are we making ourselves bigger or Jesus? Our job, our passion, our desire in life is to magnify Him through all things in all things and every circumstance should His name be lifted high and not ours or our actions depicting that we ourselves has made it this far within our own power.

John was a carrier of His Word, His Presence, Truth and Light. What are you carrying?

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Boundless Power

“Behold one of the great Physician’s mightiest arts; he has power to Forgive sin! Before the ransom had been paid, before the blood had been literally sprinkled on the mercy-seat, he had power to forgive sin. Hath he not power to do it now that he hath died? He has boundless power now that he has finished transgression and made an end of sin. Hear him pleading before the eternal Father, pointing to his wounds, urging the merit of his sacred passion! What power to forgive is here! “He is exalted on high to give repentance and remission of sins.” The most crimson sins are removed by the crimson of his blood.” – Charles Spurgeon

Here are a few questions that came to mind after I read this quote.

Q: What more shall we need if Christ be all for us to succeed?
A: Nothing

Q: If He is the way maker, why instead do we make a way?
A: We try to be in control, it’s nature for us.

Q: Are you allowing the Spirit to overrule your life?
A: __ YES __ NO