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.

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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

THE TIME IS NOW!

1.12.15

THE SET TIME

II Corinthians 6:2 NKJV

“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

There are certain seasons, certain times that the Lord has
declared for a certain work.

And He always chooses to work grace in seasons of grace

When He determines to save us, He saves us

But it is at a set time.

This verse from 2 Corinthians 6 quotes a verse in Isaiah 49.

In that verse, the word “acceptable” in the original Hebrew means delight, goodwill,
favor, kindness, willfulness, grace.

A voluntary, arbitrary decision.

So we can look at this verse as saying, “Behold, now is the time of my voluntary decision to act by my choice in delight, goodwill,
favor, kindness and grace – arbitrarily. It’s simply my decision to do it now.”

Wow!

God is always good.
But apparently there are seasons that His goodness truly outdoes itself!

Perhaps this requires certain prescribed actions by the recipient, like humility or repentance.

Maybe it’s just a prescribed date.

It looks like neither is necessary.

It’s just a time He decides for no assistant reason to bless us!
No matter what, when the ingredients are there God has made up His mind to act.

This should give us new perspective and appreciation for the goodness of God for two reasons:

1. He loves us so much that He has declared predetermined zones of time when He will say enough is enough and He will step in to save us despite what we’ve done to get ourselves out of line.
2. He will enact grace. It’s just a matter of time. He is gracious. Period.

What this means for us is that we should be humbled by the fact that our very existence is so full of soon and destitution that it requires this safety net.

Consider this.

Where would we be without His safety net!?
We’d be certainly lost.

We must be careful not to “give up” on someone we know is our of the loop. someone who currently does not stand among believers and behave with righteousness and understanding. We must remember there is a set time for their freedom just as much as there was a set time for us!
We are warned by Paul not to accept this grace in vain.

He’s exorting us to appreciate the
fact that we don’t deserve these grace time zones and God could have chosen to let them pass without pulling us out of the fire.

II Corinthians 6:1 NKJV

“We then, as  workers together with  Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”

So Paul says we should be careful not to find ourselves engaged in unrighteousness as if we have no appreciation for
God’s decision – the fact that He CHOSE to save us.

It’s like bailing someone out of jail and they go right back to the save behavior.

You might as well have let them stay on jail!

There hasn’t been a renewing of the mind. The hasn’t been a change in posture toward consequences.

There hasn’t been an opening of
the eyes about the goodness of the giver.

Do you appreciate God’s grace?

Then accept it and use it as motivation to get even closer to the giver!

THE TIME IS NOW!!

Use the gift of grace as a chance to grow into someone who follows grace instead of squanders it.
The fact is time is always ticking. And it’s always running out.

God didn’t let the clock run out on your salvation.

So don’t let the clock run out on your discipleship.

You don’t have long to live the abundant life. Get the most out of grace and serve the One who is gracious.

If you have not accepted His grace and put your faith on Jesus
Christ, know this – Jesus died as a perfect sinless sacrifice so he could VOLUNTARILY accepted the punishment for your sins.

Sin must be punished.

That is what makes God a just God.

But at a SET TIME God allowed Jesus to come down here from heaven to be born of a virgin, relinquishing his place on heaven momentarily so he could die for you.
That’s grace!

But because he never sinned, a just God raised Jesus from the dead!

He’s alive and wants to live inside of you.

Because of Jesus, everyday is a day of salvation!

And you can spend eternity with him.
Simply talk to him and say:

“Lord I’m a sinner and I need your grace. I ask your forgiveness. And I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and change me from the inside out. Lead me into your peace. In Jesus name, amen!”

It’s that simple.

Now find a good church and live for the giver. Don’t accept His have in vain, only to live the same life.
Send me a message or email at sayhellohope@gmail.com and I can help you find a church or pray with you.

You can also find me on Facebook at “Hello Hope – Minister Frank Mickens.”

God bless you.

FM

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!

DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

John 14:15 KJV

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Yeah, let that one soak in.

This scripture is not meant to make you feel bad.

It’s meant to make you feel.

Jesus spoke these were words.

The savior who died for us. He never sinned, but took our sins upon him.

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

So he had cachet. He has sway. He has the right to require this of us.

So the question becomes…

Do you LOVE Jesus?

This verse says the way we show the Lord we love him is by doing what he says.

Because we trust him.

Because we surrender.

I want to say something I hope is just as profound to you as it was for me.

God doesn’t tell us to do stuff because He can or because He’s just hard on us.

He tells us what to do because He cares.

John 15:10

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

He wants to protect us from disappointment and pain.

He wants to guide us into a fruitful and beneficial future.

But most of all, He’s showing us how to have a real relationship with our daddy.

Our creator.

God himself.

He wants that more than anything!

How do I know?

Because God came down from a comfortable seat in heaven to rescue us from our innate sinful wretched nature.

To save us from the stuff we’re ashamed of.

Romans 8:1-2

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

He would rather tell us the truth and have us struggle with it.

Better than never telling us the truth.

I want to invite you to do something radical.

And this time it will be worth it.

I want to ask you to take a chance and ask Jesus to take over your life.

This requires you to embrace the feeling you get when you read the scripture at the top of this page.

Do you love Jesus?

If not, cool!

Because all it takes is you giving in to the guilt.

You can ask forgiveness from God and He will respond.

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

But then the rubber has to meet the road.

Ask Him to help you do what He asks.

Love Him just like He loved you on that cross.

Give in to the rapture of His consuming love knowing full well you won’t be disappointed this time.

You can pray this prayer:

Father, you alone are God. I need you in my life. Please forgive me for my sins (you can list whatever sins are on your heart. Even the worst stuff). I turn away from my old life and I want to love you. I want to feel your love. Come into my heart Jesus. I’m yours.

If you pray that prayer and mean it, you’re saved!

Read the bible. I recommend the gospel of John first.

Join a church to learn and be molded by experienced Christians.

And your life will never be the same!

God bless you!

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