THE CHOICE IS YOURS

If you’ve ever struggled with the thought you can achieve great things in the name of Jesus, or you’ve been challenged by the mere thought of performing the same miracles Jesus did, I want to encourage you.

You have been called to do the impossible for God.

The choice is yours.

Consider what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was at his limit.

Mark 14:34-36 KJV

“And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”

His human nature wanted to save itself.

His God-like nature wanted to save YOU.

What if?

What if Jesus gave in to his human nature?

Thank the Lord we don’t have to ponder for long the utter devastation that would’ve resulted from a Paradise Lost moment.

But what if?

The point I’m making is this: JESUS HAD A CHOICE!

This will certainly cause some confusion because I believe we don’t give it a second thought that Jesus would give up everything to save us.

But listen to the words he spoke:

Mark 14:34-35 KJV

“And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.”

And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.”

It is evident in the scriptures that Jesus was certain to come and was destined to take on the sins of the world for our salvation.

It was prophesied. So it had to happen, right?

Yes.

But we cannot pass over the struggle that Jesus engaged in because it is so apparent he was being tempted beyond his human ability to withstand.

He had to confess his weakness and surrender to the loving Father who wrote out his destiny centuries prior.

Do you believe God’s prophecy about YOU?

John 14:12 KJV

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

We are called to perform miracles – healing people, casting out demons,  speaking in unknown tongues – all for the purpose of bringing people to their Father’s house.

But we have a decision to make.

I can allow my human nature to keep me thinking about ME.

OR…

I can confess my weaknesses to the Father when I’m tempted to ignore my calling,  even for a moment.

And He will certainly provide the strength and boldness and the Holy Spirit to fulfill His purpose for my life!

It’s time we focused on getting to GREATER!

God bless you!

RECIPE FOR A MIRACLE!

Matthew 14:28-31

28 “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

 

Oh how Peter is so much like us!

Here he is in the midst of the presence of God and he struggled with the thought of doing the impossible.

Are you praying for a miracle?

Are you hoping for salvation for anyone, even yourself?

Can you see yourself performing the miracles of Jesus to bring people into his bosom by faith in the miracle?

Does it ever bother you that you’ve never performed a miracle?

Well, here’s some good news.  You are a miracle worker!

You can cast out demons. You can receive a prophetic word from God and present it to someone at the perfect time.

You can heal the sick.

You can overcome any obstacle the enemy puts in your path.

And here is the recipe!

First, let me say that Jesus told the disciples something extremely important: DO NOT BE AFRAID (Matthew 14:27)

Don’t fear the impossible. It’s God doing all the work anyway.

All he needs is our RISK.

Peter heard the voice of the Lord standing on the water in the midst of a storm.

He believed Jesus was who he said he was.

Peter received the word of the Lord to NOT BE AFRAID and that emboldened him to “step out” of his “reality” and into God’s reality, where nothing is impossible.

And here’s what Peter did that we all can do:

  • He asked Jesus if it was his will (“bid me come unto thee on the water” vs. 28)
  • Upon hearing God’s “YES,” Peter “stepped out on faith.” (vs. 29)

It’s that simple!

He asked for confirmation.

To paraphrase, Peter basically said, “Jesus I feel in my heart that I can walk on that water too. Can I come out there?”

When Jesus said “Come” Peter didn’t hesitate.

Often, we’ll hear the Holy Spirit tell us to do something. Here are a few examples:

  • Tell someone about Jesus
  • Give your testimony
  • Ask someone a specific, perhaps personal question
  • Release a prophetic word
  • Give someone a scripture
  • Send someone an email
  • Call to check on someone
  • Ask someone if they know Jesus
  • Give someone a gift
  • Give our life to Christ with true surrender

Many times we’ll feel uncomfortable doing these things spontaneously. We might feel they’re weird or we don’t have “that kind of relationship” with the person.

But God does!

We can’t be afraid. Hear the Holy Spirit.

DO NOT BE AFRAID.

Notice what happened when Peter got scared in Matthew 14:30!

He began to sink.

We have to trust God. If He’s telling us to do something in our heart of hearts, it’s best that we “JUST DO IT.”

The most encouraging part about Peter’s bout with fear is what Jesus did next:

 

Matthew 14:31
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him…

 

We can rest assured that Jesus won’t let us get hurt.

He’s our shepherd, our protector. Remember, God has all the angels, countless in number, at his disposal.

They are his ministers. And they are on YOUR side!

So step out on faith.

Do the miracle.

It’s the shortest recipe I’ve ever seen!

God bless you.

THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU!

Put yourself in Isaiah’s position.

He’s sitting in the glorious presence of God. The room is filled with his goodness and his perfection and his holiness!

Isaiah did what most of us would do.

He humbled himself.

But what he said can be a cautionary side note in this gloriously brilliant encounter.

 

Isaiah 6:5:

“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

 

This powerful and faithful prophet, the same who tells us about Jesus vividly (Isaiah 53), is crushed in spirit at the sight of God.

He suddenly feels inadequate.

Ever been there?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “God certainly doesn’t want to use me to perform a miracle!”

Or…

“I’m not good enough.”

“I’m not holy enough.”

“I don’t know enough scripture or enough about the bible.”

Or how about this one:

“I’ve tried to pray for people before and nothing happened.”

Take this as your new spark.

There’s nothing wrong with you – because, you are connected to the King!

What’s so amazing in this same passage of scripture is how Isaiah is “touched” by God.

 

Isaiah 6:6-7:

“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”

 

In his moment of humility, God presents an angel to “purify” him for the ma

ster’s use. It’s only through our relationship with God – THROUGH HUMILITY – that will position us for miraculous encounters with unbelievers.

We will shine brightly because we’ve relinquished control to the light of the world.

First came humility.

Then came the purification.

And then… came boldness!

 

Isaiah 6:8:

” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

 

Isaiah was emboldened because he knew it didn’t take HIS effort!

It was all God!

All he needed was to recognize his inability to do stuff on his own. God responded with a cleansing touch.

And then Isaiah said – “Here I am Lord! I’m ready for you to use me mightily FOR YOUR GLORY!”

We are no more or no less holy than Isaiah.

Sure, our names are not in the bible.

But God loves us just the same.

Let’s start with humility and let the Lord take the reins!

God bless you!

THE VOICE

John the Baptist is one of my favorite saints in the bible because he’s so bold and on fire for the kingdom. The brother lives in the desert. He wears a camel hair outfit. He eats only locusts and honey! – All of that, because he wants to live a pure life for God, to hear the Lord and be heard. Talk about boldness.

When he’s confronted at the Jordan river by people asking “who are you?” He says,

John 1:23

“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness…”

He was so certain about his calling. He knew who he was and he did not divert from it. He lived intimately with the Holy Spirit daily from birth. He was anointed to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a way maker, or a bridge builder

I want you to know you have the same calling. You are the voice. You have the Lord inside of you. If you know Jesus, he wants you to express his love everywhere and to everyone.

There’s this show on NBC called “The Voice.” And the imagery is incredible. There’s a contestant singing in what’s called a “blind audition.” And four judges have their backs turned to the contestant. As the singer presents their message, the judges decide if they like what they hear. If they do, they push a button and turn around. There’s a light that comes on that says “I Want You.”

What a great illustration of the Lord crying out for us. You know, when we’re not intimately involved with God, we’re basically blind. We can’t see where we’re going. We don’t know who we are.

But that doesn’t stop God from sending His message of Jesus and forgiveness. Just like John the Baptist was sent preaching repentance, we’re sent as messengers to the blind. It’s up to them to hear us. But we have to first be willing to be the voice.

So the judges on The Voice TV show are like the people who are trying to find their way, but basically have their backs turned to God.

At some point, the Lord hopes your message of love, or your gesture of compassion, or a word of encouragement, or a gift, or the sweet word of God will cause them to push some invisible button and turn around.

It’s like a light switch. It’s the moment when a person’s heart hears the word of God and they’re pricked. They realize life should mean much more and they’ve been living a dark and/or empty existence and there’s more to life. They turn on the switch that says “my heart’s available to change. I want to change.” And the light of Christ is then turned on in their heart.

They turn around, just like those judges. And they say “I want you!” to Jesus. And just like the contestants’ parents are clapping and crying and screaming off-stage, the angels in heaven – even our own brothers and sisters in Christ rejoice! It’s a party because a soul has come home!

I pray this will encourage you to sow seeds of love and truth into the hearts of those around you!

God bless you.

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