Summary: We serve a mighty God and He is able to do far more than what we can think or ask.
I cannot but you can!
We serve a mighty God!
We serve a God that has given us the most precious gift in His Son Jesus Christ.
We have to remember to not let the things of life cloud that truth in our life.
Last week we talked about stuff- Remember?
The stuff we collect, the stuff we save, the stuff we put up on a pedestal like fine gifts so that all can see because we highly value them.
Jesus offers us abundant life not abundant stuff and that we will not be pulling a trailer into heaven with all our junk
Some people pulled me aside and laughed because it hit home.
Some told me that they need to work on prioritizing their stuff.
Some had the deer in the headlights look when they came in and when they left so I don’t know exactly what the Lord said to them.
Right now there are a lot of people telling us different things-
Some good and some bad and you have to be able to figure out what you will listen too
What you will retain.
What you will put into action. What you will let go of.
They say that you only remember 5% of what you hear- so don’t blame me for repeating.
I am hoping that something will stick.
Isaiah 43:1-3 Read from Bible
I have titled this message “I cannot but you can”
I cannot do it, but you can.
I cannot see it, but you can.
I cannot think about that, but you can.
Remember these three things as we go to His Word this morning
A little bit less of me and a whole lot of Jesus!
Not in my strength but in the strength of the Lord!
Not in the wisdom of man but in the Almighty Wisdom of God!
The savior for Israel, Jesus… is also our savior who years before He walks on this earth speaks through the prophet Isaiah and says that the God who created you, the God who formed you. The God that has redeemed us! He calls you and I by name!
50,000 thoughts a day polluting our minds and only 10,000 are positive? - How can we stay positive?
By throwing out the 80% negative and standing on God’s truth-
By knowing who has you and who is calling you to Himself.
Listen to this verse in the Passion version-
“Now this is what Yahweh says; Listen, Jacob, to the one that created you. Israel, to the one that shaped who you are. Do not fear, For I, your Kinsmen redeemer, will rescue you. When you pass through the deep, stormy sea, you can count on me to be there with you. When you pass through raging waters, you will not drown. When you walk through persecution like fiery flames, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you, for I am your savior, Yahweh, your mighty God, the Holy one of Israel!
Absence of God brings no power- (God I cannot do it, but you can)
God’s method of deliverance is often not out of, but through. Let me say that again.
God often times don’t take us out of the hard things of life- He takes us through the hard things in life. He walks with us!
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’
God promised the nation of Israel restoration-
He promised He would be their God and there was not any price too high for him to pay to set them free.
They had their backs against the wall and by the looks of things it was dark. But God was going to be their God.
The God that formed you and created you is the God that does not give up on you- Passion version uses the word Kinsmen redeemer- The God who rescues!
A kinsman-redeemer is someone, usually the nearest relative, who is charged with the duty of restoring or recovering the rights of another and avenging any wrongs in exchange for something.
Jesus is our kinsmen redeemer!
He is the God who rescues because He is the God who cares.
He is the God who is able to do something about it.
Because we are grafted into the family of God as a believer,
He rescues us from our sins and becomes our advocate in the justice process.
He is the Kinsmen redeemer no matter what… but He cannot be yours until you want Him to be your redeemer.
All of us must realize that we need a redeemer and we need to acknowledge Him as your redeemer.