To get to our dreams, we will have to push past the wounds, scars, weaknesses, failures and tears.
11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
The challenge is to wake up from spiritual deadness -- "this hour" because if we don't change now we may never change.
1. See the Impossible Become Possible
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
* Faithlessness says, "unless I see it, I won't believe it."
* Faith says, "unless I believe it, I won't see it."
We have to get past the cynical ness in our hearts that says, "it can't happen." .
In Genesis 15, God promises to give Abraham a son of his own in spite of his age. God moves in spite of us -- we need to always remember that it is God! It wouldn't be inspiring if all of the facts weren't against us!
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Could it be that we aren't really delighting in the Lord? We are doing okay, but not extraordinary? The reason we don't want extraordinary is because we don't desire it. Do we really desire to share our faith, love the lost, lead people to Christ..... If we desire we will see the impossible made possible.
2. Believe the Incredible
25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.
26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
28 because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed."
29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
31 "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'"
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
Are we willing to believe through difficult circumstances?
Are we listening to the doctor of procrastination?
Or frustration? "It didn't work last time I ... invited/studied/discipled this person, so I won't even try again."
The only way we are going to lead people to Christ is to inspire them and be spiritual!
The amazing thing about the woman in Mark 5 is that she called herself to faith. What are we thinking about? Are we calling ourself to faith or allowing critical thoughts take away our faith?
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you";