Ps Clinton Phillips 16th February 2020 ()Clinton Phillips, February 16, 2020
Part of the Jesus series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Introduction. There’s a wrestle in us to believe. The Holy Spirit is leading us to this place - as a man thinks in his heart, so he is. Do we really believe in our heart? God responds to faith. It takes faith to believe God. We don’t wrestle with flesh and blood ... means getting in there. When Jesus was familiar with people in his home town. Because he was so familiar he couldn’t work many miracles. Faith is the breeding ground of miracles. How do we wrestle that ground back? Prayer and fasting is a way of doing this.
Resume of Jesus.
Bible begins in paradise. Bible ends in paradise. Starts with God, Holy Spirit, Jesus. Ends with the marriage supper of the Lamb. The theme of the bible is God love for mankind. Before the foundations of the earth, plans for redemption. Jesus was the sacrifice on the cross, died, resurrected, now intercedes for us.
Testimony: Gail. Part of the reason we’re here is because of the Gails. We can be offended by their behaviour, or we can reach out to them. Love Langford dinners - makes people feel like family. Giving out to your neighbour, you’ll never know how it will touch a person. That power inside us is able to change situations and circumstances.
Scripture is the most powerful force in the universe. Heb 11:3 - By faith, the worlds were framed by the word of God. God spoke, and all of this happened. All that we see is made from the invisible God. Ask us to believe in Him today. There are times when we are challenged and stuff comes against us.
John 1:1-3 All things were made through him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. Q: Can you trust your life with him? The bible = Jesus in a leather-bound cover. Do we believe? It’s not mental assent to a message, but when we read the word, it changes us.
Col 1:15-17. He is the image of the invisible God ... He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. You can trust him. Do we understand that God is bigger than anything that we face? Whatever the diagnosis, I believe that you are able.
Matt 9:28 Two blind men follow Jesus into a house. Jesus asks: Do you believe that I am able? That’s a question we all need to answer. I want to believe you, help my unbelief. It’s a struggle, it’s a wrestle. We believe because God is able. He’s the one who holds the universe together. The other side of that is you breakthrough.
2 Kings 13:14-20. Elisha had become sick.
1. Believe God again for breakthrough. Joash was a wicked king, but loved the man of God. The king comes to Elisha and cries. “Oh the chariots and their horsemen”. Elisha you’re the protector of Israel. How are we going to go on without you? You’re the only one who has the protection of God? Elisha is about to die, begins to talk about how God will be with Joash and Israel. Not about a man, person or pastor. God is going to say to you “I am going to be with you”. Believe again for breakthrough.
Elisha said “Take up a bow”. Took up bow and arrows. God is asking us to take up our bow and arrows, and believe again. Obey again, believe again. Do it again. God is going to be with you. When I’m not around, there is Jesus. Joash is going to fight a battle, but needs to know God will be with him. Elisha puts hands on kings hand - symbolic that God is going to be with us. God is the god who fights for you. God’s word will accomplish everything he set out for it to do. Pick up the bow - you’re saying to God I am going to believe again. It’s about the God who fights for you! When you pick that bow up, he puts his hand on you. The hand of God’s guidance
2. His hands on us. God is leading us into breakthrough.
Pick up the bow! God is going to guide us through. I will not fear evil, because God is with you. God surrounds us when we hold the bow. No matter how we feel alone, His arms are around us.
Vs 17 “Shoot”, and he shot. Context - shoot an arrow. A declaration of war. We’re not afraid of you. Shoot an arrow or throw a spear. We don’t provoke the enemy. “The Lord God rebuke you”. As we go into prayer this week, not praying against the enemy, but saying “The Lord God rebuke you.”
The arrow of the Lords deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria.
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