These “things”

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 

Despite ALL ‘these things’.

‘These things’ are debilitating, they are stressful, they are all consuming.

‘These things’ wear me out and wear me thin and leave me on empty.

‘These things’ discourage, distract and deter me from what my heart has set out to do.

‘These things’.

Our bodies are fighting for health.  Our minds are filled with stuff.  Our relationships have reached a breaking point.

Yet … in spite of ‘these things’, the victory is yours through Jesus.

Not JUST the victory, but an overwhelming victory.  The clock hasn’t run out on you, the light at the end of the tunnel is just in the distance.  The love that Jesus has for you is full, unconditional and in pursuit.  The victory is yours.

Despite all ‘these things’ … I’ve read the end of the Book.  We win.

‘These things’ are temporary.  They will not stand the test of time.  His love will.

The Power of the Reminder

In prayer I remind my audience of three things …

1. I remind God of His promise for my life.

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭23:19‬

2. I remind Satan of my place in Jesus.

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:22‬ ‭

3. I remind my situation of my authority over it.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:8‬ ‭

Never let Satan or your Situation rob you of your Seat with Christ.

Prayer is our wake up call for the soul and a weapon to defeat anything that appears to be defeating you.

Faith to Deliver | Faith to Conquer | Faith to Embrace

Regardless of the strength of your faith my prayer is this reality would sink in. As you grow in your relationship with Jesus it will trigger …

  • Faith for deliverance from your past chaos.

““You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬

  • Faith for conquering your present circumstances.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬

  • Faith for embracing His future in relation to your life’s calling.

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬

Show Me What’s In Your Hand

It rarely makes sense on paper.

Actually, it never makes sense on paper.

God defies the parameters we work with on planet Earth.

In God’s universe, He’s looking to see what you believe He is able to do through the promise of His Word.  This activates the hand of God to make the impossible, possible.

Friends, what’s in your hands?

What cards have you been dealt?

What is the current inventory of your situation?

What resources are currently at your disposal?

It’s not what’s in your head but your hand and heart that matter. God can work with that.

Have a read about what Jesus did in the moment of compassion and in the face of impossibility. THIS is the God we serve.

30-31 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.

32-34 So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.

35-36 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.”

37 Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.”

They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?”

38 But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.”

That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.

39-44 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred—they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. They all ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at the supper.

 

[ADVANCE] : Here and Now

I’m indebted to any leader both past and present that have sown words of life, counsel and direction into my leadership journey.  There are moments where I don’t know what to do with a dream birthed inside me, yet it’s the godly counsel of those around me that continue to shape how a dream became reality.

As the seasons barrel forward, I continue to look to the next generation and the call that God has placed on their lives whether they realize it or not. I believe there are God size dreams and visions in the hearts and minds of 20 and 30 somethings right here in North America.  I see the Kingdom of God advancing in many ways and I continue to get a picture of what Heaven will be like.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne,and to the Lamb.” – Revelations 7:9,10 (NIV)

If heaven is going to be slam packed, beyond what the eyes can see with people from every tribe, tongue and nation, we have an unprecedentated opportunity in the HERE and NOW in our cities here in North America.  Jesus even prayed,

10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10 (NIV)

I firmly believe that we live in the most multi-ethnic, multi-cultural cities in the World and Christ intended Heaven’s reality to exist in the Here and Now on Earth.  If God has put something in your heart about lost souls in your city or somewhere else, I encourage you to join the conversation as we gather in Orlando to move beyond visions and dreams but walking out the Great Commission to advance the Church of Jesus in the Here and Now.