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Summary: If we expect our spiritual life to produce anything, we must practice perseverance. This sermon contains the types of circumstances where perseverance becomes an absolute necessity.

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Aggressive Faith: I'm Pressing On!

Matt 11:12(NIV)

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

Matt 11:12(KJV)

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Prop: To spiritually advance, sometimes we must become aggressive as a believer.

Inter: When do we need to practice aggressive faith?

1. WHEN LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND AND MOVING ON TO GREATER THINGS!

Phil 3:13-15(KJV)

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

A. You cannot move ahead until you are willing to leave the past behind you!

B. Doing the same thing and all the while expecting different results has been defined as insanity.

C. Satan doesn't want any transformation in your life, he wants to keep you marginalized and ineffective as a believer.

D. The last thing he needs is another mover and shaker for God's Kingdom.

Inter: When do we need to practice aggressive faith?

2. When pursuing God’s power and His presence

Ps 63:8(KJV)

8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

A. We have as much of God as we want!

B. We can live very close to God with out experiencing the power of God that brings revival, deliverance and miracles.

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C. We are the key to experiencing more of God’s power and presence in our life. God desires to move in our church just as much as in other churches that are experiencing real revival and growth, because He is universally the same to all men. The Bible tells us that God is in the process of moving throughout the entire earth seeking out men to whom He can show Himself strong.

2 Chr 16:9(KJV)

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

D. God blesses those that become aggressive enough and determined enough to experience His presence and power.

Mark 5:25-35(KJV)

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?


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