Summary: Many today are willing to give up the battle beford the fight begins. Just live in bondage and conclude there is no way out.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
There’s a wind blowing across America and in fact around the world, suggesting that there are powers that are indestructible. There are voices, including the President of this great country, suggesting that there are institutions or powers that are too big to fail.
On Friday of this past week, God spoke to my heart and told me to tell His people that only He, God, is too big to fail. According to scripture God is a jealous God, and does not recognize nor allow us to recognize any authority or power whether it be institutional or otherwise to take on an image of perfection. Usually when God speaks to my heart, He instructs me to tell my church, but the message this Friday was different. He directed me to tell His people, suggesting that we need to reach beyond our walls with a message of His strength and integrity.
In God’s eyes, He went on to tell me, if you claim to be too big to fail, and you accept assistance, that’s a sign of weakness. There is only One Who has no weaknesses, and that, my friend, is God. I believe God is offended by His creation suggesting that there exists powers that are sufficient within their own selves. I believe He is offended even if it is our President.
According to His word, there is no power except the power of God (which is sufficient) and the Power that is ordained of God. So tonight, the difference in man’s interpretation and God’s interpretation is quite different. In man’s eyes you can have banks, auto manufacturers, insurance companies that are too big to fail, but yet find themselves in a position of not being able to survive within their own means. This according to what God told me shows signs of weaknesses, and again, God has never shown signs of weakness. He, unlike those that claim to be too big to fail, has been self sustaining for millions of years, and even during the mutiny which occurred in heaven years ago, God single-handedly overcame the adversity and cast the mutineers out of heaven.
Yes, satan now understood that God was in fact too big to fail. But the difference here was simple, God had no need to request or receive any type of assistance (or bail outs as we like to call them).
In I Samuel 17, we find another example in scripture of a power that according to everyone in the theatre of that day was too big to fail. According to them all, he had no weaknesses and had never lost a battle. But he too was about to learn that God is the only power that is indeed too big to fail. The whole chapter is consumed with the premonition that this man (Goliath) was too big to fail.
Before we see David or notice anything about his God, we are introduced to this enemy and told how fierce he is. Even before we are told the details of the story, we are given a huge dose of his ability. Reading this we begin to feel a feeling of defeat for anyone who would dare stand up against this man who was, in their eyes, too big to fail.
Isn’t that the same thing the devil wants us to digest today? Stand down is the cry in the church today, the road’s too tough, the way is too hard. Too much effort, too much commitment, on and on it goes, until one day it’s too late, we’ve made the decision and we’ve decided that living for God requires too much, that the forces we face are greater than the forces that assist us. Both sides of the mountain were sure that Goliath was the champion. His size suggested this, his ability suggested this (never lost a battle in hand-to-hand combat), his armor suggested this and his strength suggested this.
But someone forgot to tell Goliath (as many pastors do today) that God is a jealous God and deals with every threat, not only against Himself, but also against all of His children. Throughout history, God has always dealt with adverse situations and I Samuel 17 was no different. God was up to the task. The stage was set and God had heard the rhetoric. Not only had God heard the rhetoric, He had a man prepared and on his way.
After all, isn’t this what Goliath wanted? He prayed every day send me a man. What a fool! When his prayer was not answered immediately, he prayed the next day, send me a man, and several days thereafter, until one day his prayer was answered. This man wasn’t the biggest, maybe not the brightest, but he certainly was able to follow the commandments of God. I won’t go into the rest of the story, but on that day, God as He does today, assisted and did not need assistance, because, Brother, God had no weaknesses and God is too big to fail.