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Summary: IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH, INDEED GOD HAS THE POWER. YOU MIGHT HAVE FAILED NINETY-NINE TIMES BEFORE, BUT BELIEVE THAT THE NEXT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME TO GET BLESSED BY GOD.

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FAITH IN THE IMPOSSIBLE

LUKE 1:5-13

HEBREWS 11 DECLARES:

BY FAITH ABEL OFFERED A MORE EXCELLENT SACRIFICE UNTO GOD.

BY FAITH ENOCH WAS TRANSLATED THAT HE SHOULD NOT SEE DEATH.

BY FAITH NOAH MOVED WITH FEAR.

BY FAITH ABRAHAM WENT OUT, NOT KNOWING WHERE HE WAS GOING.

BY FAITH SARAH RECEIVED MIGHT TO CONCEIVE SEED.

BY FAITH ISAAC BLESSED JACOB AND ESAU.

BY FAITH A DYING JACOB WORSHIPPED GOD.

BY FAITH JOSEPH BELIEVED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WOULD INHERIT A PROMISED LAND.

BY FAITH MOSES WAS HID BY HIS MOTHER

BY FAITH THE WALLS OF JERICHO . . .

BY FAITH RAHAB’S LIFE WAS SPARED.

AND ON AND ON, THERE’S A LAUNDRY LIST OF PEOPLE WHO OPERATED BY FAITH.

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE MADE THE HALL OF FAITH BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED IN WHAT THEY COULD NOT SEE. ROMANS 8:24 DECLARES THAT FAITH NOR HOPE IS NEEDED WHEN I CAN SEE SOMETHING, IT’S WHEN I CAN’T SEE THAT I NEED FAITH.

THE CHOIR SONG THIS MORNING - “FAITH OF OUR MOTHERS.”

WHEN YOU MENTION WOMEN/MOTHERS OF FAITH, YOU HAVE TO MENTION ELISABETH, A WOMAN WHO WAS PASS HER PRIMETIME/CHILD BEARING YEARS, HER GROOVE HAD GOT UP AND LEFT, PEOPLE HAD TOLD HER IT JUST WASN’T MEANT TO BE, BUT ONE DAY HER HUSBAND WHILE BURNING INCENSE IN THE TEMPLE, SYMBOLIZING THE PRAYERS OF SAINTS GOING UP TO GOD, RECEIVED A VISIT FROM THE ANGEL GABRIEL, A MESSENGER OF GOD, SAYING “FEAR NOT, JUST AS THE SCENT OF INCENT HAS GONE UP TO GOD, YOUR PRAYER HAS GONE UP TO GOD AND BEEN ANSWERED.” YOUR WIFE SHALL GIVE BIRTH –SON.

I WANT TO TELL SOMEONE DON’T LET ANYONE BOX YOU IN

NOR PUT LIMITATIONS ON WHAT GOD CAN AND WANTS TO DO IN YOUR LIFE.

I DON’T CARE WHAT THE SITUATION LOOKS LIKE,

HOW UNREALISTIC THE SITUATION MAY BE,

WAHT DOCTORS ARE SAYING,

WHAT BANKERS TOLD YOU,

WHAT CAR DEALERS SAID ABOUT YOUR CREDIT,

UNTIL GOD SAYS NO, THERE’S ROOM FOR A YES!

GABRIEL TOLD ZACHARIAS, YOUR WIFE IS GOING TO GIVE BIRTH TO A SON.

IN VERSE 20 ZACHARIAS WAS PRAYING WHEN GOD ANSWERED HIS PRAYER, BUT ZACHARIAS WHOSE NAME MEANS (THE LORD REMEMBERS), DID NOT BELIEVE GOD WOULD DO WHAT HE HAD SPOKEN.

SO GOD DECIDES TO SHUT ZACHARIAS MOUTH UP TO LET HIM KNOW WHEN I SPEAK, IT SHALL COME TO PASS.

IN VERSES 24 AND 25 ELISABETH CONCEIVED AND SAID “GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME.”

UNDERSTAND THAT UNBELIEF PRODUCES SILENCE, BUT FAITH PRODUCES PRAISE.

EVEN THOUGH ELISABETH HAD EVERY REASON TO DOUBT, AFTER ALL IT WASN’T LIKE FOR YEARS, SHE AND ZACHARIAS HADN’T BEEN TRYING, BUT EVEN AFTER YEARS OF PERCEIVED FAILURE, SHE SAID “I BELIEVE.”

AGAIN I WANT TO TELL SOMEONE DON’T LET OTHERS PUT LIMITATIONS ON YOU AND DON’T YOU PUT LIMITATIONS ON YOU. NEITHER GOD’S LOVE OR HIS POWER IS LIMITED BY HUMAN IMAGINATION.

YOU MIGHT HAVE FAILED 99 TIMES, BUT BELIEVE THE NEXT TIME COULD BE THE RIGHT TIME, IF IT’S GOD’S TIME (2X).

IN A REAL SENSE, ELISABETH TEACHES US THAT YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE FAITH IN THE INVISIBLE. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO CALL THAT WHICH IS NOT, INTO EXISTENCE AS IF IT IS.

CALL YOUR JOB INTO EXISTENCE. CALL MONEY INTO EXISTENCE.

I CHALLENGE SOME MOTHER/WOMAN, FATHER/MAN TO USE YOU ANOINTING POWER AND CALL THAT THING WHICH IS NOT INTO EXISTENCE AS IF IT IS.

MOTHERS – SPEAK A PROPHETIC WORD INTO THE LIFE OF YOUR CHILD

YOU WILL GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL

YOU WILL NOT BE A VICTIM OF GANG/GUN VIOLENCE

MAN OF GOD – SPEAK INTO EXISTENCE THAT I WILL NOT BE THE LAST HIRED AND FIRST FIRED.

CHILD OF GOD – DECLARE I CAN DO ALL THINGS. I AM THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL.

LIKE ELISABETH, EMBRACE THE INVISIBLE. ELISABETH SAID, I WILL BIRTH THIS CHILD.

ELISABETH, NOT ONLY TEACHES US THAT WE’VE GOT TO HAVE FAITH IN THE INVISBLE, BUT SHE TEACHES US WE HAVE GOT TO BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE.

GABRIEL TOLD MARY IN VERSES 36 & 37 “YOUR COUSIN ELISABETH, EVEN IN HER ADVANCED AGE, HAS CONCEIVED A SON, BECAUSE WITH GOD, NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE.”

SO WHAT YOU GOT PREGNANT AT AN EARLY AGE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO SETTLE FOR A DEAD END JOB.

SO WAHT YOUR GRANDDAD WENT TO JAIL, YOUR DAD WENT TO JAIL, YOUR UNCLE WENT TO JAIL, YOU DON’T.

SO WHAT YOU COME FROM A BROKE FAMILY, SAY TO YOURSELF "I WILL NOT BE BROKE."

KNOW THAT YOUR ROADBLOCK IS NOT A DEAD END, BUT A DETOUR TO A NEW ROAD IN LIFE.

ELISABETH TEACHES US: TO BELEIVE IN THE INVISIBLE, THE IMPOSSIBLE, AND THE INCREDIBLE:

-MARY’S VISIT . . .

GOD WANTS TO DO SOMETHING INCREDIBLE – LIFE

OUT OF THE ORDINARY

SOMETHING IMPROBABLE

EPHESIANS 3:20 “NOW UNTO HIM THAT IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK/THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKETH IN US.”

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Michelle Scott

commented on Sep 16, 2007

This sermon is a reminder of the power of faith, and to speak life and not death, and to know the difference. My mother used to say, "If you can't find something good to say, shut up."

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