Worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain at Calvary; Father we lift Your Name higher; we are singing unto the Lord, singing Alleluia!; Glorious God I bow before Your Throne; Because of whom You Are, I give you worship! Lord, accept our praise and worship this day in the Name of Jesus.
Beloved, a quick recap of yesterday message of wining the lost. Someone is be asking “who are the lost”. The story in Lk 19:1-10 will guide you to identify one of those that are lost. The man we have there was not wandering the street neither was he begging in his neighborhood. As a matter of facts, he is wealthy and well respected in his community. I hope this will throw more light on the topic. Praise God.
Back to the business of the day, let us rejoice before our Marker this day and blessed Him for all He has done and those He is yet to do. Beloved, is possible that all your prayer request have not been met and your countenance is sad. In the days of Nehemiah, it was a taboo for a servant to appear before the king looking sad (Neh 2:2). Wherefore have you appeared before God Almighty with heaviness?
The book of Proverb, chapter 17:22 said “a cheerful heart is a good medicine; but a broken spirit drieth up the bones”. If a servant of an earthly king knew it was a taboo to appear before his master sad, how often do we appear before God not only sad but murmuring and complaining? And you and I know that we cannot get anything from God in that manner.
Again in Prov.18:14 it read thus “the spirit of a man can endure his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear it”? Beloved, if you are not merry at heart, you can never live a healthy life and it is possible that is why you have not received from your Father as you ought because God hates murmuring as much as He hates pride.
Therefore let us always come before Him with a grateful heart, celebrating His benefits you have received thus far (Ps 103:1-5) and you will move Him to do the impossible for you.
Talking about the impossible, how do you manage with the “impossible” when you are face with one? Avoid it or believe God and go in His strength?
We will be considering what the majority of us do when we are faced with such and what we ought to be. We will also see the difference between when we go in the strength of the Lord than in our own limited strength.
Firstly, don’t avoid the impossible, let’s go:
“They don’t need to go away,” Jesus told them. “You give them something to eat.”—Matthew 14:16
Jesus asked His disciples to do something that clearly was impossible. There were five thousand men, along with their families, and they were famished. There were only five loaves of bread and two small fish—obviously not enough to feed a multitude. The cost of food for even a portion of the crowd would have far exceeded the disciples’ small budget.
It may have seemed absurd to the disciples that Jesus should ask them to distribute the paltry amount of food to the massive crowd. Yet that is exactly what Jesus asked them to do. Because Jesus had given the command, the disciples obeyed and witnessed an incredible miracle.
Christ will lead you into many situations that will seem impossible, but don’t try to avoid them. Stay in the middle of them, for that is where you will experience God. The key difference between what appears to be impossible to us and what is actually possible is a word from our Master!
Faith accepts His divine command and steps out in a direction that only God can complete. If you only attempt things that you know are possible with the visible resources you possess, those around you will not see God at work. You will be the one who receives the credit for a job well done, but God will have no part in it.
Take inventory of your life and the decisions you are presently facing. Have you received a word from the Master that awaits your next step of faith? If you will proceed with what He has told you, no matter how incredible it might seem, you will experience the joy of seeing your Lord perform a miracle, and so will those around you.
How will experience the joy? Only by being grateful, a praiseful heart is a joyful heart. It is so important we keep out heart from being broken (Prov 4:23) (this verse of the bible is one of our anchored scripture as a ministry). Remember “with a joy we will draw waters out of the well of salvation” (Isa 12:3). And you will have new strength when your heart is joyful. How? Let’s find out in next message:
. . . but those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.—Isaiah 40:31
At times you may feel so worn out and stressed that you are not sure you can take another step. You may seem to spend all your time running from crisis to crisis and to be constantly giving your time and energy to others. Your Lord wants to renew your strength and enable you to enjoy the abundant life He intends for you. The key is to wait upon Him to do so.
Our generation does not enjoy waiting. We are harried by all the commitments we have made and the many responsibilities we hold. We rush through our lives without stopping to evaluate our activities. Sometimes in our haste to get on with our work, we race ahead of God. Part of God’s restorative process is to slow us down and make us listen to Him. As we wait on Him, God will remind us of our utter dependence upon His strength. When we slow down and seek His will, He will reveal His plans.
Biblically, waiting on the Lord is never passive; it is always active. Waiting requires us to cease our own pursuits and give God our complete attention. We may have to give up some of the activities we have allowed to inundate our lives. We may need to take an entire day to sit quietly before the Lord. If we ask Him, God will show us the resources He has provided to help with the work we have been attempting on our own. God may address feelings of guilt that have motivated us to do things that He has not asked us to do.
Jesus carried more responsibility than you do. More people needed Him than will ever need you. Yet He was never overwhelmed or inadequate for the task. Now Christ offers to guide you so that you will fulfill your heavenly Father’s will and gain the strength necessary for each day (Matt. 11:28).
As part of fulfilling our desires this year, we need God kind of strength. Is He motioning you to be still, wait or to listen? You cannot hear God when you are full of your own activities. So get to know what He want from you, it might be the missing link to your achieving your planned desires. May His strength be available for you now in Jesus Name. Receive Jesus kind of strength to do the impossible that comes your way all through your life in Jesus’s Name.
Remain blessed in the Lord.