Summary: Desperate people do desperate things, They may climb a tree, lay in the dirt or jump in a lake, Beware of the desperate person.

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Mk 2:1-13

Mk 5:26-34

For they do not care what anyone thinks.

They do not care what anyone says

They will go where no one else will go

They won’t let anything stop them

They will do desperate things,

Emptiness is the prerequisite for desperation, Desperation is the condition that exists when a recognized need is present.

All of Gods people are needy, but few are willing to acknowledge that need, It is when the need is acknowledged that a condition of desperation begins to be developed in us.

Why desperation?

Desperation only comes when there is a recognized need that is beyond our own ability to meet.


(1) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair

(2) Showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken as a last resort

(3) Showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

Contrary to the way we view things, desperation is not a bad thing.

We have let the world define things for us, and by the worlds definition desperation is a condition to be avoided at all costs.

But from a Divine perspective there are many blessings and even promises of God that cannot be obtained apart from being desperate.

It would be according to the will of God tonight that everyone of us should reach some measure of desperation concerning the huge gap between what God has made available to us, and what God expects of us, compared to where we are actually at. I believe the spirits message to us all is You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

When we see in the word the life that is available to us, and we see in our own lives and churches the low level of spiritual life and the absence of spiritual power It should create a sense of emptiness within us, A recognition of falling short of the glory that has been prepared for us.

This in turn should serve to stir in us a sense of desperation.

Desperation because we have recognized the need of spiritual power to reach the lost, to heal the hurting and to deliver the oppressed. and because we know that only God can give us what we’re lacking.

Blessed are the desperate: for they will tear the roof off if and when necessary.

for they will push through the crowd

because they won’t be offended – (even the dogs eat the crumbs).

for they will gladly give up dignity for an encounter with deity. ( example Zacchaeus in the sycomore tree).

for they will break barriors - (lepers, woman w/Issue of blood)

for they will lay in the dirt or climb a tree or jump in a lake

for they will not argue about what God does or How he does it.-(Jesus put mud and spit into the Blind mans eyes. )

Blessed are the desperate for if it was not for them The presence and the Power of God would never be manifested in our churches at all.

It’s not religion, or ceremony, or tradition, or methods or programs, or preaching or singing that brings the power of God into a church (It’s desperation).

Can we read the scriptures, and hear Jesus say That the works I do shall ye do also and greater than these shall ye do.

And These signs shall follow them that believe in my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them, and they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.

Then again: desire spiritual gifts, And ye are the salt of the earth and ye are the light of the world.

And then see the tremendous lack of doing the works of Jesus and the tremendous absence of Spiritual presence= Spiritual gifts, and the lack of desire for the gifts of the spirit or to be used to do the works of Jesus and it not produce at least some measure of recognition of a need for Gods power to be manifested ?

I Believe the divine will of God would be that this night everyone of us would become desperate for an encounter with the power of almighty God.

Desperate beyond comfort, desperate beyond reputation, desperate beyond tradition, desperate beyond cosmetics, desperate beyond emotions, desperate beyond reason, desperate beyond the good fellowship of friends and family who are satisfied to stay in the boat.

Desperate enough to risk ridicule, desperate enough to risk failure,

If you haven’t risked anything then you have never become desperate

When you become desperate people will criticize you

You will lose a certain amount of religious standing

You will be looked at as overboard, extreme, unusual, weird,

People will try to hold you down, shut you up, You may get your fingers stepped on =(woman with the issue of blood) You for sure will get your feelings stepped on.

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Ramon Muniz

commented on Jul 19, 2007

I was having a down day and you lifted my spirit. Great Job! Ha ha ha, but so true!

Brenda Armstrong

commented on Mar 26, 2011

This sermon was extremely well thoughtout and it spoke with a sense of urgency and encouragement! Praise God and keep letting the Lord use you.

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