LIMITS ON A LIMITLESS GOD

Why don’t we see more miracles?

I want to cry.

All the cancer.
All the issues with our children.
All the hate.
All the racism.
All the discrimination.
All the fear.
All the gossip.
All the anger.
All the unforgiveness.
All the violence.
All the divorce.

All the evil.

All in the church.

Why do we have these problems?

Is God’s are too short that He can’t reach us? That He can’t save us!?

NO. NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT.

The problem is our faith.

Our lack of faith.

We pray.

But for how long?

We believe the promises of the bible.

But for how long?

Do we only believe when things are going well?

Do we only believe when we see progress?

Do we only believe in Sunday morning?

What about the other six days of the week?

We believe on Christmas and Easter.

What about the other 363 days of the year?

How do you limit a limitless God?

You fail to recognize His all-consuming power.

And that power is available to YOU.

The scripture says Jesus could NOT WORK MIGHTY MIRACLES only on one place.

His hometown.

Everywhere else he healed people.
He cast out demons.
He raised people from the dead.

But in his hometown he was restricted.

Why?

Because of their unbelief.

They were too familiar with Jesus.

They’d spent so much time with him they couldn’t see him for who he really was.

They were laws to him being around.

And he had been around for so long and they never saw him work miracles before.

I can hear them now saying:

“So why would he start doing miraculous things now?”

“Why should we believe the Jesus we’ve heard about all these years can do the impossible?”

“He had never done miracles before.”

“Certainly what we’ve heard about him isn’t really true.”

“We know the real Jesus.”

“A good man. But not a miracle worker.”

“These are fables. They’re myths. They’re great stories. But we know Jesus. He can’t really do that stuff.”

And it’s not just them who said that.

We say that TODAY.

Church folk.

We say we believe.

But do we really?

Do we stick our necks out to proclaim someone’s healing? Do we pray without quitting?

Jesus could not do mighty works only among people who were familiar with him before he started doing mighty works.

Let not that be said about us.

We believe Lord.

We trust you Lord.

We need you Lord.

We cry out to you Lord.

We thirst for you Lord.

Come Lord.

Save us!!!

Heal us!

Deliver us!

Restore us!

The church of Jesus Christ believes in Jesus Christ.

The bride of Christ cries, “Come!”

The bride of Christ desires the presence of Christ.

If you can’t believe your spouse, nothing they claim they can do will resonate with you.

Hey make promises to help you heal from the past.

But you can’t believe it.

They make promises to change things.

But you want proof.

They say they’ll never let it happen again.

But you think that’s just who they are.

You won’t give them a chance.

Often this lack of faith is connected to hurt and disappointment.

Don’t let your past disappointments cause you to give up on Jesus.

He can do anything!

He will do what he says he will do.

Just believe.

God bless you.

FM

Text: Mark 6:4-6

But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 

And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

SEEK TO SEE

There are two types of believers.

Christians who see Jesus.

And Christians who do not see Jesus.

The disciples at the empty tomb didn’t see Jesus. So they walked away.

The scripture says hey didn’t UNDERSTAND the word of God that declared Jesus is ALIVE!!!!

Mary Magdalene didn’t see Jesus either.

But she was determined to see him!!!

She didn’t leave that tomb.

She wanted to know where he was.

This was the same Mary Magdalene who some say poured precious ointment on Jesus as an act of adoration and love.

She craved his presence.

This is the same Mary some say sat at the feet of Jesus while her sister Martha was busy doing chores.

She loved the presence of Jesus.

And at this tomb she refused to believe he was gone forever.

When Jesus arrived she didn’t recognize him.

He was new.

He was all Spirit.

Often we don’t recognize Jesus in our midst.

We have preconceived notions about how and when and why the Spirit of God will show up.

But when Jesus said her name, “Mary” she recognized his voice!!!

She turned around and became the first person to witness the risen Lord.

It was her heart to see him that brought him to her.

It was her determination to find him that brought him to her.

So here’s what we can learn.

It is not our holiness or our money or our name or our position that bring the presence of God.

Mary was not an apostle.

She was not the mother of Jesus.

She was not a church leader.

She was not a pastor.

She was a woman who adored Jesus.

He had set her free from seven demons.

He had taught her and taken notice of her despite her reputation as a prostitute.

He cleaned her up and set her free from sin.

And she couldn’t get enough.

She couldn’t leave his side.

She was grateful and she was authentically repentant.

She knew her old way of life led to nothing but pain and disappointment.

But Jesus brought her joy and peace and true friendship.

We must seek the presence of Jesus.

We must turn to him and remind ourselves of what he’s set us free from.

We must appreciate out depravity and our helplessness without him.

What has he done for you?

Do you remember?

What was life like without him?

Is there even a difference?

If so, then your heart toward him.

Mary just had a heart to be with Jesus.

Seek him like that and he will speak to you.

He will announce his presence.

While others might not see him, you will.

And he will fill your life with joy.

Mary was ecstatic. She wanted to touch him.

She wanted to feel him to confirm she wasn’t being tricked.

Jesus will give you that same excitement.

He wants to spend time with you.

Just don’t walk away.

Stay and wait for him.

Sit at his feet like Mary Magdalene.

Read his word.

Pray.

Ask questions.

Listen for the answers.

Write them down.

Ask for help.

Ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to empower you to see him and walk with him.

Your heart to adore him and spend time with him will bring him to you.

And you will witness the risen Lord for yourself.

God bless you.

FM

Text: John 20:10-11 KJV

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre

GLORIOUS SATISFACTION

What a tender thought.

That all Jesus wants to do is satisfy us.

He wants to satisfy the deep and unquenchable desires of our hearts.

He comes for the disciples.

He follows them to their point of disappointment and confusion.

What are we to do now? They ask…

They go fishing.

They don’t know they were created for a much greater fishing expedition.

They can’t see the glory that awaits them.

But Jesus can.

He knows why they were created.

Only he knows how to shepherd them toward the satisfaction that will calm and soothe their restless souls.

We are all like wild horses.

Full of power that is initially unbridled.

But Jesus comes to us in our wild nature and stubbornness and confusion to lead us to our life’s calling and greatest desires.

He weaves our dreams into our reality.

It is only by his grace and mercy and his voice and his leading that we find peace.

No purpose. No peace.

Jesus asks one question that shows his desire to bless us.

He calls them “children” when he asks, do you have anything to eat?

Of course he knows the answer.

They are empty and void of success.

They are hungry to feed their bodies, but more so to feed their souls.

We can not adequately interpret our hearts’ desires.

We think we can.

But scripture says our hearts are deceitful.

We need Jesus to guide us to the undiscovered yearnings and groanings of our innermost being.

He knows us and he grows us.

He was hurting for them.

He wanted them to be satisfied and it hurt him to see hem floundering and without success, searching for something that was right in front of them, something they couldn’t see because they were focused in their pain and focused on what they just lost.

They thought God had forsaken them and left them.

We know he will never leave us or forsake us!!!!

Jesus shows them how to feed their bodies by giving them the strategy to pull in the food they hungered for.

But he brought far more than they could have caught on their own.

He wants to bless us to overflow!!!

And if we listen for him, he will satisfy us and more than enough!!!

And notice that when they caught that abundant catch, he already had food waiting for them.

He had fish and bread.

He had the meal they wanted already prepared.

They were flailing and failing while all they had to do was look for Jesus.

The meal was waiting for them.

The fish had already been caught and cooked.

They didn’t have to toil for it.

It was ready to eat!

But they couldn’t see it before. They were focused on their inability more than the Lord’s availability.

He’s always available to feed us and satisfy us to the utmost!!!

After he showed them the meal that awaited them, he asked them to bring what they caught to the table.

Jesus not only wants to feed us, he wants to bring us along with him as he completes his purposes.

This is how he shows us our calling.

As we allow him to feed us and he walks with us and satisfies us, he empowers us by the Holy Spirit to add to his purpose and plan and do what only we can do together.

He reveals that through him and relationship with him we can bring in a bountiful harvest of souls and abundance in every area of our lives.

He wants to partner with us.

It’s not just about him doing all the work.

He wants us to do some of the heavy lifting and share in the bounty.

We are called to save souls and enjoy the fellowship among the new believers with Jesus.

The family grows as we grow with Jesus.

This is why Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?” … “Then feed my sheep.”

If we love Jesus we will allow him to use us to bring more people to love Jesus.

He will do most of the work.

But we are called as his ambassadors to reconcile unbelievers to Christ by his power.

And we are to look to him for satisfaction the whole while!

Have no fear.

Jesus is making your meals right now.

He will sustain you.

He will sit and spend time with you.

He enjoys your company.

He enjoys feeding you to empower you and showing you your heart’s untold desires.

He enjoys blessing you to be a blessing to others.

He enjoys loving you to love others.

He enjoys giving you life to give life to others.

He is a God of relationship.

Sit at the table and eat.

And watch him show you how to bring your own abundance of fruit to the table.

And abundant inflow of more souls to love and spend time with Jesus.

Just don’t let disappointment and doubt stand in the way of you recognizing Jesus’ love and his presence.

Call on him.

Look for him.

You will find him.

And you will find rest for your restless soul.

God bless you.

FM

Text: John 21:5-6

Then Jesus saith unto them, “Children, have ye any meat?” They answered him, “No.”
 
And he said unto them, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

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