You Must Believe!

You Must Believe!

Mark 9:17-9:27 “A man in the crowd answered, Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not. O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you. So they brought him. “   “When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, how long has he been like this? From childhood, he answered. It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us. “If you can?” said Jesus. Everything is possible for him who believes.” {{more}}   “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, I do believe; helps me overcome my unbelief! When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. You deaf and mute spirit, he said, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again. The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.”   What if you knew somewhere in front of you was a moment that would change your life forever, a moment rich with potential, a moment filled with endless possibilities? What if you knew that there was a moment coming, a divine moment, where God would meet you in such a way that nothing would be the same again? What if there was a defining moment, where the choices you made determined the course and momentum of your future? How would you treat that moment? How would you prepare for it? How would you identify it? Moments are as numerous as the stars in the sky and any of them could prove to be your most significant divine moment. At times, they may seem too mundane, but below the surface, there could be a miracle wrapped in the moment. Moments are small enough to ignore and big enough to change your life forever. I believe that this is your moment. It’s a moment of decision and of destiny. I want to share with you some principles that I have learned. I am still learning. I am in process of becoming the person that God has called me to be. It is safe to say that none of us have arrived. We are all in process. We all have dreams. We wonder about the future and what it holds for us and our children. We dream of succeeding in life and business. What is the next step? How do you get from where you are to where you want to be? That is what I want to talk about this week. You have to believe that God can do more than you imagine. If you want to embrace then future, then you must believe. Have faith. Jesus taught his disciples this principle in Mark 9:23.The passage says,”Everything is possible for him who believes.” Amen! When you believe, your impossibilities become possible. Faith is the key that unlocks the door to God’s active power in our lives. What is faith? Faith is believing that God can do more than you imagine. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.“ Amen! All of us have been given a measure of faith. It is our responsibility to use it. The scriptures teach us that even a small amount of faith can produce miraculous events. Too many people choose not to use their faith. They look at the problems of their past and they base their future on what they see in the rear view mirror. For some of you things have been tough.   Remember that you cannot change the past, so change the future. I meet so many people who are locked in a past moment. They have experienced a tragedy, a job loss, a financial reversal, a failed relationship or some other kind of setback. There comes a point in time where you have to move on. To relive the past is to relinquish the future. When you choose to remain stuck in a moment, you become incapable of seizing the future that God has planned for you. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Amen!Stop living in fear of what might happen. Bad things happen and at times you are the victim of circumstance. Grieve over your loss. Acknowledge the pain and take the next step. What’s the next step? When you examine all of the lives of people who make a difference in this world, people who live life rather than simply watch it, they have one common characteristic: they do something. They do not just watch; they don’t just think about it; they act. If you are going to seize this moment, then take the initiative. You have to put it in gear and go. It may not be convenient nor will it be easy, but it’s time to act. The most important moments of your life rarely come at convenient times. Sometimes you wish that God would check your calendar first. Maybe He does and sees that your life is filled with the mundane and He wants to infuse you with the miraculous. The only way for this to happen is for God to interrupt your schedule. The Bible is full of stories about people who were rudely interrupted by God. Mary was a teenager when God interrupted her life and said that she would give birth to the Messiah. Peter was a professional fisherman and Jesus interrupted him with a call into the ministry. Paul was on a horse riding to Damascus when Jesus spoke to him. The real question is: “When God interrupts you, are you willing to respond on a moment’s notice?” Are you willing to put it in gear and go? There is a tendency to overlook the call of God and concentrate on what appears to be the sure thing. Could it be that God is calling you into a new adventure? Did you know that we are called to do the right thing even if it turns out wrong? There are times God calls us to do the right things, knowing that others will respond in the wrong way. Some of you have had dreams that you have seen go down the tubes. You think that God has forgotten you. Think again. God is a God who turns crucifixions into resurrections. Your dream may be dead, but God is saying to you, “Dream new dreams.” Be determined to finish the race. Through the years, there have been several opportunities for me to quit the race, but it was instilled in me years ago to finish what you start. You will have difficulties, but do not give up. 2nd Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Amen!God has not called you to be a sideliner or a critic; He has called you to be a player. He has placed great potential inside of you, but you must believe. You must step out and say, “I believe” therefore, “I can!” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Remain flexible in God’s plan. Be clay in the hands of the Lord. Allow God to direct your footsteps and plan your future. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Amen!Allow God to direct your footsteps. At times, He will take you down paths that you feel very uncomfortable traveling. During this time, be sensitive to His leading and allow Him to finish what He has started. Most of us do not like change, but God knows that you need to change. You need to move out of your comfort zones into the plan that He has for us. With Moses, God parted the waters, and then the people crossed over. With Joshua, the leaders were required to begin crossing first, and then the waters parted. God changed the parameters of their faith. With Moses, God said, “Watch the miracle. With Joshua, God said, “Be a part of the miracle.” There are many people who are watching the miracle of your church unfold and God is saying to them, “Do not just watch it, be a part of it.” Now you know why you must believe. Amen!